My Official Bio
Hello and welcome to my website. My name is Cortney Sargent, Sr. and I’m a husband, musician, author and 3-time award-winning graphic designer. After 8 years of marriage, my wife Christian and I have the wonderful opportunity to parent have a son, Cortney Sargent, Jr. (aka CJ).
So, what’s my story?
At my young age, I’ve been through a lot. My single mother raised my 3 siblings and I in a small trailer park in Columbus, MS. I grew up for 10 years without my dad, and I didn’t address him as “dad” until I was 24yrs old.
I was an average student in high school and became a college dropout after 3 years at a 2-year community college. I got married at 21 without a job or a plan. In our first year of marriage Christian and I had a miscarriage (quadruplets), and this was the darkest time of my life.
I’ve been poor with $0 to my name while chasing my dream of being an entrepreneur. I’ve been lied on, hated on, talked about, deceived and outcast by friends, family and even pastors. But, with every story of tribulation is a bright side.
On the other side of all I’ve been through, not only have I survived, but God has taught me how to thrive during the darkness. And, if little ‘ol me can endure those experiences and still be a success, so can you.
You can achieve success if you work hard, remain determined, and keep the faith. It doesn’t matter how you start, but how you continue the journey and finish.
Keep reading if you’d like to learn more about me…
I like to think of myself as a renaissance man with a creative mind. I’ve started and run freelance businesses in music instruction, photography, video production, magazine publishing and graphic & web design. Today I run 2 companies, Sargent Branding and E Squared Publishing; and I’m President of a non-profit called Up Together Foundation, Inc.
My people skills have been developed and sharpened through years of working in management, customer service, and agency environments. One of my gifts is understanding and relating to people where they are in life. I have made it my life’s work to serve others–so much so that I am beloved as “The People’s Entrepreneur”.
In 2011 I published my first book “Guide to Beginner Music Theory”, and my second second book “Stuck In Neutral: How to Achieve Success by Living Life in Drive” in 2015. In my spare time I allow my passion for music to flourish. I play the piano, bass guitar and saxophone (on occasion), and have an instrumental jazz album, “Evolution” which is available on Spotify. Along those lines, Christian and I had a family-friendly reality show that ran for 2 seasons on YouTube and local television.
At the end of my life, I want to have made an impact on the world that would resonate for many generations. I’m just a young dude who loves to help people. Let’s make it better by up together!