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Listen in as Karel Ray Spikes takes you down memory lane with R&B songs from back in the day while sharing trivia facts.
Karel Ray Spikes was born in San Diego, California. By the time he was 5, he began to sing and dance. At the ripe old age of 8, he joined the school band and learned to play all the woodwind instruments. After those accomplishments, he went on to become a drummer, playing for many great artists, such as that late great Z.Z. Hill, Betty Fonetane and Jim Gable.
Karel did not stop there. He went on to become one of San Diego’s premier vocalists and actors. He has performed on the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars and several other television appearances including some of San Diego’s premier venues, 4th& B with such performers as Annie McKnight, Tommy Chun, Honest John, and Bobby Law. He has also performed at the Backstage Night Club opening for Bernie Mac. One of his favorite appearances is when he opened for Aretha Franklin in Sacramento.
Karel is also a member of Community Theater where he has co-produced many productions. Karel performed a lead role in the play, Legacy, an epic play about the love of a family. While acting in the production, Karel also co directed and was the music director. He is a member of Performing Arts Theater of the Handicapped (P.A.T.H.)where he has furthered his theatrical skills under the guidance of Mr. Bob Cole, former casting director of the hit T.V show, Happy Days. While at P.A.T.H, Karel has received artistic direction from Al Veletta, Artistic Director, at Paramount Studios.
Karel is currently performing stand up, or in his case, “sit down” comedy. He has appeared at the 4th and B Comedy Showcase, Comedy Club La Jolla, and has performed throughout the United States. Reverend Jesse Jackson caught Karel’s act during the rally against Proposition 209 (On Affirmative Action).
For the past few years now, Karel has given his time and talent to help raise money for many worthy causes.
He released his first single on Mother’s Day, 1998, called “The Child You Were”