As if snagging country recording artist Michael Sarver as a McKinney Music Mashup judge isn’t reason enough to make us smile, we are thrilled to learn the multi-talented singer/songwriter and Season 8 American Idol finalist, has agreed to grace us with a few tunes as well.
“I’m very excited to be a part of the McKinney Music Mashup,” says Sarver, “I, of course, know very well the talent competition world and can’t wait to see what the talent brings! I’ve been very blessed to get to live out my dream, and I’m honored to be a part of an event that promotes new and upcoming artists, and inspires them to go after their dreams!”
Sarver, a Louisiana transplant, who now makes Texas his home, started singing at a young age, and penning songs by the age of 14. By 17, he picked up the guitar. A few years later, when his sister-in-law decided to try out for American Idol, he followed suit, quickly, becoming a fan favorite, and landing himself in the season 8 top ten.
Post Idol, Sarver has spent time touring with both the Season 8 top ten, as well as with other American Idol alums, Gina Glocksen, David Hernandez, and Alexis Grace on the American Stars Concert Tour, but most recently, Sarver spends the majority of his time in the studio.
“As for my career,” says Sarver, “I’ve been in the studio recording my second record. [It’s] set to be released at the end of this year, or the beginning of next. I’m excited about the chance to be very personally involved in this record and look forward to people really getting the chance to hear the real me. I’ve been pouring my soul into this record and I’m very proud of it.”
Sarver will join other McKinney Music Mashup judges Linda Septien of the Septien Entertainment Group, and Glenn Goodwin of UeberMusic on September 10th at the McKinney Performing Arts Center to determine which top ten contestant will go home with the $1000.00 cash prize, and the honor of opening for Taylor Hicks on September 17th. The finals begin at 8:00 p.m. with the semi-finals being held earlier in the day at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for both events are available with proceeds benefitting the McKinney Performing Arts Center.