Finding Her Voice, Mickey Guyton
Mickey Guyton wrote her song “Black Like Me” because she needed to — not because she expected anyone else to ever hear it. In fact, she assumed nobody ever would, the 36-year-old singer tells PEOPLE. As the only black female country artist signed to a major label, she’s well acquainted with the hardships of breaking into a predominantly white male genre, let alone with a song that has a racial theme.
After the writing session early last year, Guyton recalls, one of her three co-writers, Nathan Chapman, said he feared the song might be too provocative for country fans. “Yeah,” she says she responded, “there’s no way they’re going to ever let me play this.” But then a shocking chain of deadly violence against black people occurred. In grief over Aubrey’s death, the 36-year-old singer posted on Twitter in early May: “I don’t have words but I have songs that express my heart.” She accompanied it with a snippet of the soaring anthem, read the full story HERE.
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