When you hear Better Than You Left Me, you think who is the singer of this beautiful country song?
Well, there's a young Black woman named Mickey Guyton, and her star is rising.
Mickey Guyton (born Candace Mycale Guyton) started her signing career in the church. In her younger days, she wanted to be a gospel singer. But something got her attention. The sounds of country drew her in.
Mickey grew up listening to a variety of artists, including Dolly Parton, LeAnn Rimes, Whitney Houston and gospel innovators BeBe and CeCe Winans. “Those were huge influences,” she says, recalling a particularly pivotal moment. “I was at a Texas Rangers baseball game and LeAnn Rimes was singing the National Anthem. This was right when she came out with ‘Blue’. I was completely mesmerized.”
She would embrace country music and found her heart.
Mickey got a deal with Capitol Records Nashville. It got her the exposure.
She got an opportunity to perform at the White House in 2011 with James Taylor, Dierks Bentley, Kris Kristofferson, The Band Perry, Darius Rucker and Lyle Lovett.
Mickey has been the opening act for Eric Church, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and many others.
She is one of the very few Black country music singers. Matter of fact, she is one of the few women of color to embrace a musical genre that usually targets White people.
Gayle King of CBS This Morning had an opportunity to interview her.
World News Today wishes Mickey well on her journey.