He was born in Sulphur, Louisiana and graduated from Sulphur High School. He is married to Tiffany Sarver, and has two children.
Sarver has written over 890 songs for himself since the age of 14.
He also has been singing since he was 12-13.
Sarver auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Phoenix, Arizona. During the first semi-finals week, he was able to garner enough votes to allow him to continue, beating fellow contestant Anoop Desai for the third spot by just over 20,000 votes. He was eliminated on March 26, 2009, after the panel of judges were unable to unanimously agree to save him. As Sarver was in the top 10, he will be performing on the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009. Reflecting on his experience on Idol, Sarver said his family thought Cowell behaved "like a jerk" but was entitled to his own opinion.
|Week #||Song choice||Result|
|Hollywood||"More Than Anyone"||Advanced|
|Hollywood||"Some Kind of Wonderful"||Advanced|
|Hollywood||"All or Nothing"||Advanced|
|Top 36/Semi-Final 1||"I Don't Want to Be"||Advanced|
|Top 13||"You Are Not Alone"||Safe|
|Top 11||"Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)"||Bottom 2|
|Top 10||"Ain't Too Proud to Beg"||Eliminated|
|Kris Allen · Adam Lambert · Danny Gokey · Allison Iraheta · Matt Giraud · Anoop Desai · Lil Rounds · Scott MacIntyre · Megan Joy · Michael Sarver · Alexis Grace · Jorge Núñez · Jasmine Murray|