IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – MIKE SARGE – GEORGIA’S HOTTEST STAR!

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IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:    What city and state are you from?

MIKE SARGE: I was born in Macon, Georgia but raised in what is known as “The Bubble” of Peachtree City, Georgia. I also serve in the United States Air Force and I’m currently stationed in Augusta, Georgia.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:    What is your music background?

MIKE SARGE: Growing up, I always loved music; especially Hip-Hop. Despite my love for music, I never considered being a music artist growing up. I was always intrigued by the effect that music had on me and others. In school, I would always write in my personal journal to get out feelings I felt that no one understood. Listening to my CD player, I would try free-styling every once in a while. As I got older, I became interested in all aspects of the music. The production, lyrics, mood, message, and everything surrounding the realm of music. About 4 years ago, I was inspired by my college roommate to at least take a shot at writing lyrics and it very quickly became a stress reliever to everyday life. I never took it farther than just writing though. Two years ago, I decided to finally take a shot at being a serious artist and realized that I didn’t have a gift for it but that I had a “calling” for it. It’s been nothing but a blessing ever since.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:     What are your songs about?

MIKE SARGE: My music is about you! Yes, the reader or in my case, the listener. When people listen to my music, I want them to feel as if they are having a conversation with someone that understands them. That being said, I am a Christian artist and I usually come from a Christian perspective on certain songs. I like to make it clear where I stand when it comes to my faith and that I will continue to live unashamed. That being said, I’m far from perfect and I haven’t always lived a faith-based lifestyle. Sometimes, I have songs where my faith isn’t the focus but more focused on the struggles and hurt that people go through every day. In a nutshell, I like to talk about the things that people don’t like to talk about or choose to ignore. I believe that just because I’m a Christian artist doesn’t mean it’s necessary for me to always preach a whole sermon in my songs. I’d rather live a life that shows you what I believe than trying to convince you by saying Jesus or God 50 times a song.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:    What is your favorite song to perform and why?

MIKE SARGE: This I can honestly say is a tough question for me considering all of the songs I’ve ever done have some significance in my growth. But if I had to pick one, I’d have to say my song, “Kicks.” The crowd loves the fact that they can feel involved in the chorus. Also, people seem to really appreciate the message behind the song itself when I explain it to them. For me, the song reaches all ages, has a catchy hook, and is marketable. (The song could possibly be used for a shoe commercial at some point.)

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:    What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?

MIKE SARGE: One surprise to me has been the different elements there are in music. For example, I’m amazed by  the different aspects of a song that are key to its success; the beat, hook, adlibs, mixing, etc. Even the business of music is a different monster itself. Another thing I would consider a surprise is the fact that many people claim they want to make it big but don’t really want to put in the work. They don’t want to do the things that need to get done to make some noise. For example, some people don’t want to sacrifice sleep, video games, shopping, or even hanging out to sharpen their craft. You show what your priorities are by your actions.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:    Who are your musical influences?

MIKE SARGE: Growing up in the church definitely had a portion of influence in my life. Early in my life, I loved listening to Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, and John P. Kee. Christian Hip-Hop wasn’t necessarily something that was being taken seriously but I did enjoy listening to Cross Movement, and Da’ Truth. As I got in my teenage years, I enjoyed listening to guys no one even knew of yet like Lecrae, Trip Lee, and Mouthpi3ce. But in mainstream hip-hop, I was a fan of OutKast, T.I.  and early works of Lil Wayne/Drake. The most influential artists in my life are Lecrae, Swoope, & Christon Gray. Topping that list is my favorite artist, Derek Minor.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:    How would you describe your music to people?

MIKE SARGE: The best way to describe my music is transparent and versatile. Transparent in the fact that I’m very open about how I feel and about the things I’ve experienced. I love the gift of connecting with my audience. My music is versatile in the fact that you don’t know what you’re going to get. I can rap on fast beats or slow beats. I can turn up on a banger or get in a vibe on a jazzy track. And on occasion, I can act crazy and have fun on a pop beat. I like to showcase my personality to my listeners.

 

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:    What makes you stand out from other artists?

MIKE SARGE: What separates me from most artists is the fact that I’m not the “next” anything. When you listen to me, you don’t hear a carbon copy of any other artists. I don’t sound like Kendrick Lamar, Drake, J-Cole or any other big time artists. I have my own unique sound and style that I continue to work on to give people music that they love. My goal is not to just make music that sells. My goal is to make music that is timeless and that changes the lives of many around the world. Most importantly, my work ethic separates me from others. Artists tend to take a back seat when they finish a song or a project. I refuse to settle for mediocre results and I continue to try new things so that I can excel every day.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?

MIKE SARGE: I’m disappointed with the fact that the quality of music has gone down overall. The labels are basically competing so hard with each other for quick success to the point that it’s hurting artist development and it’s also affecting the type of talent that is being signed. Also, it’s sad on the artist side as well because now the focus isn’t even the music. Being a celebrity and having fame should be seen as something that happens after you work hard. It shouldn’t be seen as the motivation for your music. Doing music should be a calling and a passion. You should have the drive to do it even if someone isn’t paying you a dime!

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?

MIKE SARGE: I recently released a project in May called the Broken Heartz Club featuring artists like Dre Murray, Mouthpi3ce, and Flo. It’s currently available on iTunes. I am currently working on a project called Lucid Thoughts that is set to release this August 23rd. This will be my 6th project release in barely 3 years. Depending on how things go, I may also be working on a collaboration project as well.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

MIKE SARGE: In 10 years, I can definitely see myself doing big things within the music realm. I see myself doing more things within the community to help those I know who are experiencing tough times. Going out to schools, churches, universities, etc. to speak is definitely something I’d enjoy. Without a doubt, doing music would be my ministry and hopefully I can get that done with the right support and doors opening my way. I refuse to let myself believe that I’m done getting better. I strive to be better than I was yesterday. My goal is to be the best. The best artist I can be. The best servant and role model I can be as well. In relation to music, whether that’s being signed and taking the world by storm or me starting something on my own, I definitely plan on leaving a footprint on this generation. Regardless of what I’m doing with music, I want to do it at my best, with the best and for the best. I truly believe that with my work ethic and God’s guidance that I can do big things.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

MIKE SARGE: The best way to keep up with what I’m doing is to go to MikeSarge.com and join the mailing list.  I tend to send out emails about new updates, music and shows that are coming up.

Also, you can find me on Facebook. Just search for, “Mike Sarge” and like my page for the latest updates. On Instagram, search for “SargeSalutes”. On Twitter, my username is: Mike_Sarge

 

 

 

 

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145 COMMENTS

  1. So I’m not going to lie… I just checked out this guy’s music and he’s pretty dope for a Christian rapper. Can’t wait to hear more from him.

  2. This is Great! I already loved your music but now I feel like I know you a little bit more reading this. Continue on with what God has gifted you to do!
    #MikeSargeFan #Forever

  3. mike sarge!! it’s crazy to me that this kid isn’t signed to anyone… ??
    he’s only been spittin’ for a little while but you can definitely see the grind. Keep grindin’ homie!

  4. Yayy Sarge!! 😀 Not only is your music heart felt and open…it’s also got a great message to every song! Keep it up buddy.

  5. no lie…this dude sounds like Lecrae when he first started getting noticed but Sarge has a different flow!! I’m definitely going to keep tabs on this kat!
    #dope #salutes #goodmusic #CHH

  6. mike sarge is the truth! I’m hoping that the song pesos or maybe now or never is put on a ringtone. i like this dudes flow!

  7. I really like your music. It’s great to know that there is an artist out there looking to glorify God without the antics or trying to prove he’s legitimate. Oh and I love the song Smooth Criminal!!!!! It’s been on repeat in my car for 2 weeks straight lol 🙂 <3

  8. I really like what I hear from this guy. he’s definitely someone to look out for. That song pesos goes in!!!!!!!! …”All of this money you selling your soul” haha

  9. man I can’t wait to hear more music from this kat! hot beats, good lyrics, & a nice flow that doesn’t sound fake. salutes

  10. Sarge!!! I saw you perform at the Raise The Praise festival and you were amazing bro! May God continue to bless you in all you do. He’s definitely gifted you in what you’re doing for the kingdom. keep grinding

  11. This is a really good article/interview with Mike Sarge. It’s good to have an inside scoop on the artists behind the music. After reading this I’ve gained more respect for his music and what he stands for…

  12. sarge is so dope! finally someone that does music with a purpose… just off of his answers I can tell he loves what he does…God bless you. – Salutes!

  13. brahh… that track pesos goes in hard! you and seddymac went in on that beat. no doubt one of my favorite tracks from you.

  14. I first heard about this guy from a friend and I’ve kept up with him ever since. I really enjoy listening to smooth criminal and who dat when I go work out. For me, the best part is that the lyrics actually relate to things people feel, say, or do everyday. Thank you Mike Sarge for being obedient for the call god’s put on your life. Your music is awesome! 🙂

  15. this young dude is dope! Sarge hasn’t even been rapping that long from but has consistently improved and evolved his sound every time I hear him. Keep a watchful eye on this dude because he’s going places! #truth

  16. this dude is on a roll right now! really hoping someone picks this guy up. He consistently puts out good music and his grind never seems to stop. #LabelPotential #NeverSleeps #Salutes

  17. Good music, great concepts. Fun and exciting performer as well! You’ve gotta come back & perform in Nashville! Keep the music pouring from your heart Sarge!!! <3

  18. Your music reminds me of an early Kanye West but mixed with Lecrae unashamed focus!…the kids need more of this, and less of that ‘twerk’ crap. keep it up Sarge!
    #SALUTES #CHH

  19. I liked how Mike Sarge seemed honest and open in his interview. Also, he’s an open Christian in the military. There’s so many different beliefs and views in the military, but the fact that he’s open about his faith is awesome! My favorite songs of his so far is smooth criminal, now or never, ATL, and watch you leave. Looking forward to Lucid Thoughts!

  20. Keep up the good work. I’ll be looking forward to the day when you’re on televisions and billboards across the country— scratch that, the WORLD. 🙂

  21. So I read this and the way you described your music definitely made me want to check it out, can honestly say not bad. I actually felt like I could relate to the things you talk about. I’m downloading your new stuff today

  22. Your such a great guy and I know for a fact that you will succeed if you stay focused and keep your eye on the prize. You are a great inspiration to many people and we all want to hear your music on TV one day <3

  23. This is DOPE!!! I cannot wait to see where this passion takes you. Surround yourself with positive, you’ll go far! #grindhard

  24. this is probably the first time where i’ve read an article where the artist not only explains his passion…but also clearly describes his motives. A lot of times ppl have the talent but don’t have much to offer as far as connecting with their audience. Mike did a great job and I hope that a label takes a shot on him.

  25. Yo, this article is on point and it goes to show we need artist in this music game like Mike Sarge. Hard work and a great sound I see nothing but clear skies for Sarge and I hope the best for him. I’m a fan and can’t wait to hear more.

  26. Dang you know this dude is a hard working he got us all standing in line one by one reading his article and commenting its good. lol after reading and listening to his music this dude is on his way. #yallanitready #Standup

  27. Wow! God bless this guy! Not only using his gifts to glorify the kingdom…but he’s actually really good too! lol Somebody better get a hold of them folks at reach records cuz this dude is nice. He kind of reminds me of a younger Lecrae honestly. Improvement will come in time but I’d jump on him quick!

  28. Huge fan of Mike’s music and this article speaks volumes about who he is as a artist. Love to see him killing the stage and getting some recognition.
    #Salutes

  29. Thank you …For not using your gifts for God but for also finding the time to also Serve our country. Praying all your dreams come true . Looking forward to more of your music.

  30. Had never heard of this dude before..but I like his flow. He’s different and seems to talk about things a lot of folks ignore. I’ll be keeping tabs on him to see how far he goes. Really good and inspiring stuff though

  31. Been listening to your stuff since I was told about you back in December.. Seems you are getting bigger and that’s awesome! Just know there are people out there that really support your music

  32. I would have to say not a lot of up coming artist grasp my attention like you’re music did man. You have talent that’s going to take you far keep it up

  33. Smooth Criminal, Throwback, and Forever Yours are my new favorite songs!!! <3 them! I've been blasting them in my room for the past week! Bumping that Jesus Music 🙂

  34. Mike Sarge is something serious! I’m liking the sound i hear from him. it’s different from most. Heard him on Rapzilla and thought he was dope!

  35. I really like that song “Now or Never”. I’ve been bumping that joint in my car for like a week now. I’m liking the flow that you got. You murk them tracks bruh!

  36. heard your mixtapes Truth Cafe and Broken Heartz Club…I NEED MORE! lol I really like what you’re doing and someone making good music always has my vote. Continue to work hard and watch doors open for you.

  37. wow! That song “Too Lucid” is dope fam! Can’t wait to see who picks you up music wise. I’ll definitely be keeping up with you in the future! #Salutes #CHH

  38. money…coins…guap….PESOS!!! haha. That song is madd dope! You and SeddyMac killed that. I gotta make sure I grab myself a copy of Lucid Thoughts. I’ve heard good things about it so far.

  39. This was a nice read. Reading this guy’s answers already lets me know that he’s on the right track. He’ll go far if he continues to keep a positive attitude

  40. out of all of these questions, there is one question that wasn’t asked but needs to be asked…..WHEN …..IS…..Truth Cafe’ 2 coming out????? I need more of that! hahahaaha

  41. Mike sarge is a really good artist. I love the messages that he places in his music. It’s hard finding someone that is down to earth when speaking about faith. His songs speak life and allow you to really sit back and think about the world around us. Can’t wait to see more from him!

  42. Love this guy’s music. He’s someone that I let my children listen to and according to them, he relates to them. Anyone that can do that and talk about God, I’m willing to put money towards.

  43. I’m not gonna lie, at first, I wasn’t that into his music. But he’s definitely stepped his game up. I’m bumping that Lucid Thoughts now! Keep grindin man. Gotta do a track together one day.

  44. i’ve never been a big fan of hip-hop…but i do like the stuff this guy talks about. not too sure what makes me like his music but i like it.

  45. I really like your beat selection! And then I feel set up when I sit back and listen to words bc they have so much truth/meaning in them. I like what I’m hearing.

  46. Yo Sarge! bruh, i didnt know that you mixed your own stuff. Most artists now a days don’t know a thing about other elements that isn’t rapping. Keep grinding and watch where it takes you.

  47. I enjoyed reading this article. I love how well you articulate yourself. We need more black men in hip hop who aren’t afraid to show their intelligent side. its attractive and empowering. Keep up the great work.

  48. I really loved the article. You seem really passionate about your music. I love that in an artist. I checked out some of our music and it’s awesome!! 🙂

  49. So I checked out some of your music. I think it’s good but I do feel like you can be even better than you are now…I’m not an artist at all but I do feel like you’re only really scratching the surface. I really like your message/concepts and your production selection goes in!

  50. You officially have a new fan. May God continue to bless everything you touch. I’m definitely sharing your stuff with folks at my church! lol

  51. woah..Mike Sarge gets better everytime he releases something. I honestly didn’t think much of him initially, but I’m really liking what I’ve heard from him lately.

  52. You had Mouthpi3ce and Dre Murray on tracks!!!???? Mane, you making moves big time. I see you Sarge. Keep it moving and ignore haters.

  53. your new project is amazing! so much truth within the lyrics and i’m pretty sure I’ve listened to a lot of the songs atleast 10 times haha.

  54. Not many can achieve greatness..but this man overcomes all obstacles and puts his soul into all that he does . He has touched many lives and through his music his reach will know no bounds. Go Sarge!

  55. Wow was all i could think when i listened to that Throwback song… Not only was his flow dope but he had something to say and thats what i look for and enjoy when listening to music. Don’t sleep on this dude!!!!!

  56. Sometimes you just gotta love the up & coming artists…especially this one. I respect nothing but consistency w/ artists and Mike Sarge does just that. He lets you step inside his realm & see what he sees & feel his music. He keeps that live connection w/ his fan base. Consistency w/ making good music only solidifies his body of work. Destined to only get better

  57. Talent? Yes. Passion? Yes. But great things come from great people. A true story of good prevailing. Keep up the work! Can’t wait to see what is next…

  58. Great read, great interview. Even checked out your music. Loved it. Keep it coming and in due time your hard work and dedication will pay off.

  59. ok ok. I’m coming clean.. I used to think bruh was wack. Then I heard Truth Cafe and saw some improvement (not enough to make me hop on the bandwagon). Then I heard Broken Heartz…. and then I was SOLD!! bruh has really stepped his game up. Good lyrics, Hot Beats, and even better content collectively. #Salutes

  60. wow!! you remind me of a few other rappers who just come straight forward and knows just where to go with your lyrics.Looking forward to your next album!

  61. This was a very informing article. I learned so much more about Sarge than I knew before. He’s definitely someone that I’ll be keeping an eye on in the future.

  62. I really like the way you write you music. It doesn’t sound ignorant..self centered..envious, etc. You sound like you really believe what you speak about and it’s refreshing to hear. Keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll go far.

  63. if i can listen to your songs and at least 2 of them make me stop and think about some things then you must be working with realness lol Mike Sarge all the way!!!

  64. nice work! I like your concern for your fans. the way you feel about your fans is the way your fans are gonna return the same back to you

  65. This is dope! great to see another ATL artist holding it down. Gotta keep the team strong. Just another good artist to add to the list.

  66. I’m a fan of this guy. He seems to have a nack for inspiring you to do more than you imagined you could!
    #Salutes

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