Photographer: Jesse Lirola
Mickey Guyton is an American artist born on Jun 17, 1983. In Arlington, Texas, she started becoming captivated by the idea of music when she was only five years old. Her first public performance was at the Amount Olive Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.
Guyton’s challenges she confronted early on were fundamental in the development of her career, which is evident in her music. She faced racism, which is a traumatic experience, but as life goes on, challenges make us stronger. Her childhood experiences have been the inspirations of many of her songs.
Besides all the challenges that shaped her music, she was influenced by many iconic artists such as LeAnn Rime, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Whitney Houston, and Babe & CeCe Winans.
Mickey Guyton’s music career has been continuously elevating and changing with years. Throughout her career, she has been implementing other genres which makes her music so enchanting and euphonious. Despite the suggestion of keeping her music fully country, she followed her heart, and incorporated other genres along with country music such as gospel, hip hop, contemporary, and R&B.
Mickey Guyton’s Accomplishments:
She is one of the first black women signed by a major record label like Capitol Records Nashville to perform among all-stars performance at the White House.
Guyton has reached great amounts of success in her career, in 2015, Capitol Records Nashville released her debut single, “Better Than You Let Me”. This song was co-written with Jennifer Hanson, Jen Schott, and Nathan Chapman. The song was co-produced with Dana Huff. This song called the attention of the British magazine called The Guardian.
After the first week of release, the song was record breaking, reaching 79 ads to a radio playlist, which has not been done before.
By July 2015, the same song had reached number 34 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. In Canada, the song reached a high place on the Billboard country chart.
During the same year, Guyton released her self-titled second EP which was released by Capitol Records. The EP reached number 17 on the Billboard Heat-seekers on August 2015. The project was rated as four stars from Queens of country, and Guyton was praised for her vocals and for her unique music style.
Guyton was nominated for “new Female vocalist of the year” for the song “Black Like Me”. The song reached number 51 on the Academy of Country Music Awards, and following the release of “Heartbreak Song”, this song reached 45 on the Country Airplay.
In 2019, Guyton decided to create music that reflects the deeper aspects of her life, particularly about her struggle as a black woman. In the beginning of 2020, she released “What Are You Gonna Tell Her”. Around this time, she also wrote the song “Black Like Me” in the aftermath of the racial unrest in the United States in 2020. This song is based on a book by the journalist John Howard.
The song “Black Like Me” received great amounts of attention all through social media platforms and streaming services. Spotify included “Black like Me” on their ‘Hot Country Playlist’.
The song was also nominated for ‘Best Country Solo Performance” at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Guyton was the first black female artist to have ever been nominated with this distinction.
The song “Black Like Me”, opened many doors for Guyton. She has been the first female artist performing at the Academy of Country Music awards. Following that recognition, Guyton released her third EP titled “Bridges”. This extended play featured two songs from her previous singles and her third 2020 single, “Heaven Down Here”.
On September 24, Guyton released ‘Remember Her Name’, which is her debut studio album. She described the album as a look into her teenage years living in Nashville.
Perhaps this song was one of her most fruitful works, as this song alone received three Grammy nominations. The song was nominated for “Best Country Album”, making Guyton the first black artist to get this nomination. The song also received nominations for “Best Country Song”, and “Best Country Solo Performance”.