Born in Arlington, Texas, Mickey Guyton moved around the Lone Star state as her father’s engineering job took them to Waco, Tyler, Dallas and Fort Worth. Music was a constant in her nomadic life. She began singing gospel in church when she was only five and 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.”
Mickey knew instantly what she wanted to do with her life, and although she possesses the kind of strong, evocative voice that could succeed in any genre, country music is her passion. “Of all the music out there, country is the most honest, the most genuine and speaks to my heart” she says.
Mickey moved to Los Angeles after high school to attend Santa Monica College. She worked long hours at two jobs, struggling to make ends meet, but held on to her dream of becoming a country singer. A chance encounter turned everything around. A friend introduced her to producer Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, the Wallflowers) who was immediately impressed with Mickey. He connected her to Gary Borman and his partner Steve Moir, the company that built the careers of Faith Hill, Grand Ole Opry member Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum from day one. Mickey moved to Nashville in 2011 to pursue her dream and embedded herself in the town’s songwriter community.
Also in 2011, Mickey signed to Capitol Records Nashville and made her first national television appearance onstage at the White House during an all-star concert that included James Taylor, Kris Kristofferson, The Band Perry, Lyle Lovett, and Opry members Dierks Bentley and Darius Rucker. The show was captured by PBS and broadcast as part of their In Performance at the White House series. Mickey's riveting rendition of Patsy Cline's classic "Crazy" was one of the highlights of the night.
“When I sang for Gary and Steve, they saw potential in me,” explains Mickey. “Now I have a record deal with Capitol Records, I've sung at the White House and I have a debut album. It’s very, very humbling because if you would have asked me a few years ago if I would have pictured myself being at this point, I probably would have laughed and said, ‘Yeah right!’ I’m very appreciative of it because I understand how hard it is for artists to get to this point. I feel extremely blessed.”
“Of all the music out there, country is the most honest, the most genuine and speaks to my heart."
- MICKEY GUYTON