Who is Mickey Guyton?
Mickey Guyton is an American country singer. She began singing in church at the young age of five. According to her bio, LeAnn Rimes, Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, and BeBe and CeCe Winans were huge influences. Although she has a talent to sing any genre, country music is her passion. For Guyton, country music speaks to her heart the most because it is most genuine. From the age of eight, she knew she wanted to be a singer after she saw LeAnn Rimes sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Texas Rangers games.
In 2011, Guyton moved to Nashville to pursue her dreams where she was signed to Capitol Records Nashville. Three years after being signed to Capitol Records, she recorded an EP titled “Unbreakable.” She is currently working on releasing her debut album co-produced by Dann Huff and Nathan Chapman.
Guyton wrote, “Better Than You Left Me,” her debut single, with Jennifer Hanson and Jenn Schott. Her single debuted January 10, 2015, at the Grand Ole Opry. Two days later, she released her single and the music video. “Better Than You Left Me” debuted at #56 on the Billboard Country Airplay. The Guardian wrote an article stating that Guyton is even more remarkable because she is a black woman in an industry not known for its diversity. However, they say there is some debate as to whether the songâ€™s early success has anything to do with country radio to come across as inclusive to woman and minorities.
She made her first appearance on national television on stage at the White House during an all-star concert including James Taylor, Dierks Bentley, Kris Kristofferson, The Band Perry, Darius Rucker, and Lyle Lovett. The show was covered by PBS and broadcast as part of their series called, “In Performance at the White House.” The highlight of the night was Guytonâ€™s portrayal of Patsy Clineâ€™s classic entitled “Crazy.”
Guyton has appeared on numerous Who To Watch for lists in 2015. The list includes NPR, Billboard, Spotify, Yahoo! Music, Huffington Post, Mashable, Taste of Country, and Nashville Lifestyles. She was recently featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal said she is hoping to steal the spotlight with the help from “Thelma & Louise.” They described her song as her trying to get over a romantic breakup with the help of a female friend.
Guyton was also featured in the Huffington Post. They said “Better Than You Left Me” has the country world all lively. They recognized that her song scored the biggest debut in country music history. It earned first-week adds on 79 radio stations across America. The Huffington Post described it as a remarkable feature. They also pointed out how as a black woman in a non-diverse industry, she is doing a remarkable job.