DONALDSONVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) — One local sheriff’s lieutenant is taking his talents outside the call of duty, debuting on one of the biggest stages in the state.
“It’s a way of life for me. I mean, that’s all I do. I’d rather sing than talk half of the time,” said Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office First Lt. Mike Brooks.
Brooks is headed to the Caesars Superdome where he will sing one of the country’s most historic songs — the Star Spangled Banner. When he arrived for the audition in New Orleans there was a long line of people.
“We just stayed there and I had an opportunity to go in and did my thing and it went from a minute and a half. They gave you 30 seconds, they said ‘give me your best 30 seconds.’” said Brooks.
A month and a half later, he got a call back asking him to perform for the Saints.
“My wife, she was like, ‘I told you. I told you! I know you are going to do well.’ She was really excited,” he said.
His performance will be on Oct. 16 as the Saints go head to head with the Bengals.
“She said, ‘Yeah, I’m sending you a contract.’ I got a contract. Never signed a contract before in my life. So when it came, that was the real moment,” he said.
“It’s a big game with the Bengals and they’re with Joe Burrow, who’s from LSU. So this is going to be a big game that a lot of folks are watching,” said Brooks’ co-worker Donovan Jackson, spokesperson for the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.
His auditions went so well that they even asked him to sing at a Pelicans game. Brooks’ coworkers helped him film in the Sheriff’s WAG Center. He ended up getting his second gig off of that audition tape.
His coworkers said they are far from surprised to hear this news.
“When we saw it, we weren’t really shocked, but we were really excited for him,” said Jackson.
“Sheriff Bobby Webre is my agent, and he books me for different things to sing for, the memorials and different things like that,” said Brooks.
His love for music stemmed from growing up in the church and singing in the choir at the age of three years old.
“It’s like I’m one with God and one with just making people happy. See, somebody smiles from the words that are coming out of my mouth,” he said.
“He’s a very soft-spoken person, but his actions are way bigger than any of that stuff, and then his singing is way bigger,” added Jackson.
Besides his powerful voice, he also has had a powerful influence on the community.
“Any time there’s a community event or a youth event, we have a big event coming up this weekend,” stated Jackson. “And he has been responsible for putting all this great stuff together. So he’s more than just a singing voice, but he’s an advocate voice as well for this community.”
First Lt. Brooks will make his debut on Oct. 16 at the New Orleans Saints’ noon game against the Cincinnati Bengals.