Southern Gospel music has always been an integral part of Miles Pike’s life. Singing in church since he was nine, Miles spent countless hours of his childhood mimicking greats like The Cathedrals, The Speers, Gold City, The Happy Goodman Family, and many others. As a baby, Miles experienced many health setbacks that drove his parents to their knees praying for his life. Through it all, God remained faithful and miraculously answered their prayers by not only allowing Miles to live, but also gifting him with an extraordinary voice. Miles literally sings the highest tenor and the lowest bass...all in the same song! Because of this versatility, there’s not a boring moment in his concerts.
Most people are amazed to learn that Miles is legally blind -- he has no vision in his right eye and no peripheral vision in his left eye. But Miles doesn’t allow that to dampen his calling or his performances. One of the most memorable things about Miles is his joyful outlook on life. Talk to him, and you'll soon find yourself laughing. Any conversation with him is liable to begin and end with jokes. God has taken Miles' handicap and used it to make him a 'son of encouragement' and a more powerful minister of the Gospel.
When he was fifteen, Miles began preaching in his home church on a regular basis as well as teaching Sunday school when needed. At that time, he became a DJ at KBJS Radio and was a part of their Solid Gospel Saturday program for many years. In 2003 he received his high school diploma from A Beka Academy.
From 2003 until 2010, Miles attended Ben Speer’s Stamps-Baxter School of Music in Nashville, Tennessee, where he met his future wife, Martha Blake. During his time there, he sat under the teaching of Gaither homecoming artists such as Allison Durham Speer, Reggie Smith, Mike Allen, and Tracey Phillips. For all eight years, he was honored to appear on the closing program video as a soloist, with a quartet, or in a duet.
In 2007, Miles released his first CD "The First Ones Covered By The Blood". This was followed in 2009 by "Timeless Songs: For Times Like These". Miles released his third project, "Walk Through The Pages" on March 3, 2012, at his Fifth Annual Homecoming. Miles' first four radio releases have reached the #1 position on The Christian Voice Magazine's Top 100 Chart and Cashbox Magazine. In addition, his second radio release, "I'll See You In The Rapture" was awarded for reaching the #77 position in the world in independently recorded music according to The International Association of Independent Recording Artists, www.IAIRA.com.
In an effort to give back to the community, Miles began hosting an annual homecoming concert, and since that first homecoming concert in March 2008, it has been a great success. His Third Annual Homecoming Concert in 2010 featured Gaither Homecoming Artist, Allison Durham Speer and in 2011 he hosted the quartet in which he sang tenor for four years, The Gospel Tones! Miles' fifth annual homecoming in 2012 featured guest artist Mark Bishop and 2013's concert will feature Larry Ford, along with a seventy-five voice choir that Miles has put together from over thirty-five churches.
Miles married his first love, Martha Blake, on December 19, 2010. The two met in Nashville, TN at the Stamps-Baxter School of Music in 2006. For Miles, it was love at first sight. For Martha, some negotiations were in order. Four years of negotiations later at Stamps-Baxter in 2010, the two started dating. Neither had dated before, and the kiss they shared after repeating their vows on December 19 was the first kiss for each of them. Martha is now Miles' booking agent, secretary, official joke tester, pianist, designated driver, and road manager.
On April 30, 2011, Miles was awarded the honor of being the "Male Horizon" of 2011 at The Country Gospel Music Fan Awards. Right after that on May 5, fans across the nation accepted him across genre lines as the "Young Excelling Individual" for 2011 at The Southern Gospel Music Fan Awards in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Miles is at home in both Southern and Country Gospel and considers them to be first cousins. These awards hold a special place in Miles' heart because it was strictly the fans who chose him to win them. Between the two genres, he's been nominated for over a dozen other awards alongside some of the best in their fields, including Favorite Album, Favorite Song, Male Artist of the Year, and many more.
Awards aside, Miles' real desire for his ministry is for it to be a tool for pastors and churches -- a means of building up the body of Christ. After years of doing concerts in many cities, states, and denominations, Miles has learned through experience how to adhere to the wishes of pastors, sponsors, and audiences, and most importantly, how to let God lead in his concerts. Leading the church in worship and into a place of encouragement is the highest calling of a Gospel singer, and those who have heard Miles sing all seem to agree that this is his God-given purpose in the body of Christ.