Murphy Karges

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Murphy Karges
Born (1967-06-20) June 20, 1967 (age 48)
Orange County, California, United States
Origin Newport Beach, California
Genres Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
Instruments Bass
Years active 1986–present
Labels Pulse
Associated acts Sugar Ray, The Special Goodness

Murphy Karges (born Matthew Murphy Karges; June 20, 1967) is an American bassist, best known for his tenure with Sugar Ray.

Life and career[edit]

Born and raised in Orange County, California, Karges was a founding member of Sugar Ray. As part of the band, he has appeared in the films Scooby-Doo and Father's Day, as well as on the TV series Las Vegas.[1] In 2012, it was made official that Karges was no longer a part of Sugar Ray.

Karges is married to Julie Holland-Karges. They have three sons: Matthew Jr., Andrew and John. In 2002 Karges and his wife created the charity 'Music For A Cure' which raises money to support music therapy programs in hospitals. They also find instruments for kids in hospitals who can't afford them. To help aid the organization, Karges has organized exclusive Sugar Ray concerts (where ticket sales go to MFAC), as well as several eBay auctions of his signed bass guitars.

Karges' hobbies include surfing, golf and photography. He has two Golden Retrievers, Bowie and Kayla, both of whom can be seen on the inside sleeve of Sugar Ray's self-titled album (2001).[2] He and his house were featured on an episode of MTV Cribs. His 1968 Dodge Charger was featured in band's issue of DUB magazine.


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