• Keowna Young

Mickey Guyton - country music star who inspires and advocates for black women.

Mickey Guyton has become a household name after her debut single 'Better Than You Left Me,' as well as her three EPs, were well received by her admirers. The 38-year-old singer was the first black woman to be signed to a major record label in 2011.

After releasing a snippet of her single 'Black Like Me' on Instagram during the tense period of Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, Guyton's team was contacted by Spotify to request the completed version of the single after it garnered over 8,000 views.

Spotify then added it to their Hot Country Playlist, and it has been streamed over 8 million times.

Guyton's career has been built on honesty and transparency and not succumbing to pressure from the industry's standards.

After her breakthrough on the Nashville scene, everything began falling into place. In an interview with Ruth Etiesit Samuel, she expressed, 'It's a really weird feeling. You try so hard at something and then you finally come to grips with the fact that it's probably not going to happen for you, then it does. It happens at a time where there is so much pain,'

Mickey also said that even though the song corresponds with the Black Lives Movement, it was out of frustration but was written way before the movement. 'Remember Her Name' is her debut album that pays homage to Black womanhood and the history decade in Nashville; it includes 16 tracks.

She started attracting attention and was being requested for interviews with ABC 20/20 and People, honourable mention of her 2021 Grammy nomination and performance at the awards ceremony.

Guyton always uses her platform to talk about the realities of black women in the industry and give new artists the tools and advice. Guyton performed at the 2021 CMA awards November 10 and offered a fresh and vital viewpoint to the CMA Awards stage. With Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, the celebrated country vocalist sang 'Love My Hair' from her debut album. .