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Mickey Guyton's 'Black Like Me' is 'Meant to Heal Every Heart'

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You can count on Mickey Guyton to speak her mind.

These truthful statements often come through her music, whether she's addressing country music's gender disparity in "What Are You Gonna Tell Her" or, in a song released today (June 2), bluntly describing a black woman's experience in America with "Black Like Me."

"It's a hard life on easy street. Just white painted picket fences far as you can see," Guyton sings. "If you think we live in the land of the free, you should try to be black like me."

Guyton's co-write with Emma Davidson Dillon, Fraser Churchill and Nathan Chapman finds one of the few African American artists on a major country label (in this case, Capitol Records Nashville) using her platform to request more than prayers, which are important to people of faith but not necessarily the conversation starter society needs at the moment.

That said, faith played a role in Guyton sharing such a powerful statement at a time when George Floyd's murder at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer has led to peaceful protests and social unrest.

"This song was a God moment," she wrote on Twitter. "He put it on my heart to write it. I thought it was to heal my heart, but now I realize it's meant to heal every heart."

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Beyond Guyton's positive outreach through song and her social media presence, black artists (Darius Rucker), female artists (Maren Morris) and co-ed groups (Little Big Town) have represented their fellow country acts well in recent days.

Guyton's story in Music City began with debut single "Better Than You Left Me" (2015) and continues with a forthcoming debut album which is expected to include "Black Like Me."

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