by Josh Ledo
MATOACA – For most people, childhood dreams are given up and thrown away at a premature age, but for 18-year-old Isaiah Spikes, his dream never died.
After graduation, Spikes sought out an Artist Development audition in Washington, D.C. for up and coming performers where he danced his way to the top 12 performers and was soon getting paid for his passion; to perform.
When young Spikes turned nine years old, he was given a Michael Jackson video tape from his uncle. After watching and seeing all the moves and style Jackson displayed, Isaiah knew he wanted to be a dancer, singer, and most importantly, a performer.
Spikes knew this would require strive and passion, even if it took mimicking every move and everything Jackson did. All through Isaiah’s four years at Matoaca High School, where he attended, he exhibited and produced his talents to everyone around him.
It was high school where Spikes and friends Chazz Gary and Wayne Staten began a group called SOAL, where they would express their style through music and singing. Spikes was also a member, as well as a Dance Captain for Matoaca’s Show Choir “High Impact,” where dancing and singing was an everyday thing. It wasn’t until Isaiah Spikes graduated when he began to strive to succeed the most.
Soon Spikes then performed for big names which gave him exposure to a name such as Ian Harris, an artist manager from New York, who constantly puts Spikes’s name and talent out there to producers, looking to help him make it big.
Through all his success and strive, Spikes has currently been opening for rappers at local RVA clubs, as well as releasing mix-tapes and videos with his SOAL group, including his solo career. And still continues to reach for bigger and better things.
Isaiah Spikes has a vision of never giving up; a vision that is swayed by his mother and family to never let his dreams die out; a vision of maybe one day influencing a child, the way Michael Jackson influenced him.