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15 Songs That Establish Mickey Guyton as One of Country Music's Premiere Storytellers

Mickey Guyton's one of Nashville's most earnest storytellers.

Mickey Guyton's achieved quite a few firsts in her career, from becoming the first Black woman nominated for a Grammy award in a solo country category (Best Country Solo Performance for "Black Like Me") to an historic co-hosting gig alongside Keith Urban for the upcoming 2021 ACM Awards. It's as if just about everyone in the music industry but country radio tastemakers rightfully uplift Guyton as a top-tier vocalist and songwriter.

Guyton signed her first big-label deal in 2011 with UMG Capitol Records' Nashville division. At the time, she was the only Black woman signed to a major country music label. Three years later, we got her first EP, the download-only Unbreakable. A self-titled EP followed in 2015. It featured her first song to make waves, "Better Than You Left Me." Though that and "Heartbreak" song built some momentum for Guyton, she had yet to fins her own voice due to industry pressures.

With a new decade came a new focus on more personal storytelling, as heard on the 2020 EP Bridges. Its first two singles, "What Are You Gonna Tell Her?" and "Black Like Me," upped Guyton's profile because of their socio-political themes— and because they were great country songs. Her debut album, 2021's Remember Her Name, built on that momentum and raised a valid question: how did the industry whiff on sharing a Guyton album with the masses throughout the prior 10 years?

Whether you're new to Guyton's music or have been along for the ride for years, check out this playlist of the Arlington, Texas native's five best country songs to date.

Editor's Note: This story originally ran on March 12, 2021.

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