Mickey Guyton is set to release full-length debut album Remember Her Name, on September 24th. The music, grooves, melodies, and lyrics of its 16 songs lay bare the heart of a woman and the life she began to lead once she decided to let her truth set her free. That freedom has been mesmerizingly translated into intimately confessional ballads of piercing power including “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” and “Black Like Me” and also fizzy ditties like “Rosé” as well as the sultry “Dancing in the Living Room” that remind us that playfulness and passion are necessary partners to reflection. Remember Her Name finds Guyton celebrating her truest voice in ways that will resonate with any listener who has loved, lost, struggled, laughed and lived.
“It’s crazy that the album is a story essentially,” says Guyton of the project that has been both three years and, in some ways, a lifetime in the making.
“I was just writing and writing,” she says. “I didn’t even know what the album meant or what it was going to be, when I was writing these songs. I just started writing songs about my feelings.”
The Texas singer-songwriter understandably had a lot of those having arrived in Nashville a decade ago and been lauded for her powerhouse voice. While some success and accolades followed, including her 2015 hit “Better Than You Left Me,” barriers within the industry seemed insurmountable.
Until one day, she decided to be herself and not the woman Nashville expected her to be. “I had a conversation with my husband three years ago asking him why my career wasn’t really taking off and why it wasn’t working out for me,” recalls Guyton. “He said it was because I was running away from everything that made me different.”
The lightbulb officially clicked on. The positive consequences were almost immediate on every level. Guyton began writing songs that spoke to powerful truths and gained recognition for them, including a Grammy nomination for “Black Like Me,” making her the first black female solo artist to earn a Grammy nomination in a country category. Critical plaudits also poured in from The New York Times, L.A. Times, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and more with NPR proclaiming succinctly, “Guyton raises the rafters and distills emotion with impeccable clarity. Her high notes thrill, her nuance in storytelling captivates. A star for our times claims her place.”
You can hear Guyton, who was preparing to be a new mom amidst the maelstrom of 2020, staking that claim on the title track, a triumphant anthem of self-assurance: “Where did you lose the girl with no fear?/Oh, she never left/Take a good look, she’s right in the mirror/Don’t let yourself forget/ Remember the fire/Remember her face…Remember the girl that didn’t let anything get in her way.”
She decided to make that song the title track “to remind all of us, including myself, about the strength we have inside that we don’t always know is there,” says Guyton. “As women, there are so many times where we lose ourselves and our dreams as we’re growing up and living life. This song is about a woman rediscovering herself and what made her strong. That is my life story, discovering my own power, and that felt like the right title for the whole album since it explains all the facets of my story.”
Chris Stapleton is taking part in Peloton‘s All For One Fitness Festival, the fitness brand’s annual celebration of movement, music and community, this weekend, September 7th – 9th. The virtual festival will include live Artist Series classes featuring music from KatyPerr, Skrillex, Hozier and Chaka Khan, as well as on-demand classes including Stapleton, The Black Keys, Dave Matthews Band, Eagles, Ellie Goulding, Gorillaz, LL COOL J, Machine Gun Kelly, Maren Morris, Miguel, Pusha T, Salt N Pepa, ZZ Top and Thirty Seconds to Mars. Check out classes with Chris Here: Logan Aldridge – 20 min Chris Stapleton Arms & Shoulders Strength; Hannah Corbin – 30 min Chris Stapleton Ride.
Mickey Guyton has released the official music video for her single, “Nothing Compares To You,” featuring Kane Brown. The tune was written by Tyler Hubbard, Bebe Rexha and Jordan Schmidt.
Sam Williams will take part in a special concert event celebrating the 100th birthday of his grandfather, the late Hank Williams at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. “Hank’s 100th: A Concert in Celebration of Hank Williams” will be presented by Spotify on September 21st at 3:30pm in the museum’s CMA Theater in Nashville. Artists also performing during the concert include Suzy Bogguss, Rodney Crowell, Delbert McClinton, Chuck Mead, Wendy Moten, Country Music Hall of Fame members Charlie McCoy and Connie Smith and two more of Hank Williams’ grandchildren, Hilary Williams and Holly Williams, among others.
Mickey Guyton‘s official music video for “Nothing Compares To You” with Kane Brown premieres Thursday (September 7th) at Noon CT on Youtube.
— Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) September 7, 2023
Darius Rucker will be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville on October 4th at 11am CT. Darius’ favorite all-time wrestler, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, will be in attendance to induct the multi-platinum country superstar. Don McLean of “American Pie” fame, rock and roll guitarist Duane Eddy, and former record-label executive Joe Galante will also be inducted into the Walk of Fame, and the four become the 101st, 102nd, 103rd and 104th stars. Inductees are recognized for their significant work of preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song.
Well this is awesome!! Honored to join the amazing names on the Music City Walk of Fame. If you are in Nashville on October 4th, come check it out. I mean… @RicFlairNatrBoy will be there!! More info: https://t.co/bKogJyxpNb pic.twitter.com/Vk1uldAWyc
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) September 6, 2023
ESPN’s College Game Day new theme song video, featuring Darius Rucker, Lainey Wilson and The Cadillac Three singing “Comin’ To Your City,” premiered last Saturday. Check it out here:
Reba McEntire is being honored with a series of tribute corn mazes. With the release of Reba’s new book, Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating, and Dusting Off Your Boots, and its companion album, Not That Fancy, 40 farms in 24 states will feature Reba-themed corn mazes. “While l admit being in a corn maze is one of the more unique things I’ve ever been invited to be a part of, I couldn’t be more excited to be involved with some of the things that matter most to me — farming, family, and friends,” says the country icon. “Growing up on a ranch in Oklahoma, I know how important agriculture is, and I love being involved with something that brings more people out to farms across the country for good wholesome fun!” The 5+ acre mazes are scheduled to open Saturday, September 16th, and people can enter to win a chance for a trip to Nashville. Click HERE for your chance to win and check out the 40 participating farms.
Parker McCollum just had a pinch-me moment when NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning came out on stage to sing Brooks and Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road” with him at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.
Mickey Guyton is featured on a new song by Maroon Five called “Middle Ground,” which is now available for download. The song was just released on Friday (August 11th), and her voice blends so well with lead singer Adam Levine.
In the meantime, Mickey just hit the airwaves with her new single, “Nothing Compares To You,” featuring Kane Brown.