Damon Karl pursues his dreams in the music industry

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Damon Karl, originally from Indianapolis, who previously opened for “Babyface” and Ashanti, pursues his dreams by pursuing a career in music.

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a dream of almost every aspiring musicians to share a stage with their idol. An Indianapolis singer-songwriter has come pretty close after opening gigs for a handful of big names, and the list just keeps growing.

Damon Karl is a 27 year old soul singer who takes inspiration from some of the “GOATs” – the greatest of all time – in the industry. Karl said many of his opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the connections he made locally.

As a native of Indy, it’s no surprise that Karl admires fellow Hoosier Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.

Karl opened for Babyface during his concert in Louisville, citing it as one of his greatest accomplishments to date. But it’s the candid moments off the stage that Karl will cherish forever.

“The kind of advice he gave me was that training makes perfect and helps move the crowd,” Karl said.

Karl certainly took those words to heart and warmed up the crowd in front of other great artists like The Isley Brothers, Morris Day & The Time and The SOS Band.

Most recently, Karl performed pre-Ashanti covers at The Vogue Theater on Broad Ripple.

“To be able to see her play and interact with her audience was just amazing,” said Karl.

These unique opportunities don’t just happen.

“When these Indy promoters give you an opportunity, you grab it and run with it,” Karl said.

Promoters like Geno Shelton, who are particularly looking for young local talent like Karl, hope to help propel them to even bigger stages.

Shelton joked that he helped the singer-songwriter “in a way for selfish reasons.”

“I want to be able to say that I helped this person get a Grammy, and this person has to invite me to walk the red carpet.”

Fortunately, Karl said that when the time came, he would definitely invite Shelton over.

Karl may have crossed a few items off his to-do list already, but he still has a lot to accomplish until he stands up to crowded crowds singing his music.

Karl is currently working on new music but already has a handful of original songs available on streaming platforms.

His music can also be found on his social networks:

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