Mickey Guyton Raises Her Voice in “Black Like Me”

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When asked what most country music fans love about their favorite music, more often than not, they’ll tell you that it is the stories that it tells. Stories of love and life in the country, even stories of national crisis like 9/11 have infiltrated the lyrics of great country songs. But now, standing uniquely on its own, Mickey Guyton tells a story of racism in her new song, “Black Like Me.”

Perhaps the most significant piece of country music to be released in recent history, Mickey co- wrote “Black Like Me” with Nathan Chapman, Fraser Churchill and Emma Davidson-Dillon. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, the song opens up addressing the pain of a youngster who is treated differently because of their skin color, but ultimately, it speaks to the injustice facing the black community.

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My daddy worked day and night / For an old house and a used car / Just to live that good life / It shouldn’t be twice as hard.”

With a song of such importance at a time when black voices need to be heard, it would seem that production would matter less than lyrics on “Black Like Me.” However, it actually matters a great deal as producers Nathan Chapman and Forest Whitehead provide a platform that cradles Mickey’s emotive voice in the verses. As the lyrics in the chorus turn from anguish to pride, so does the arrangement, reaching a crescendo in the bridge.

As the song draws to a close, Mickey offers a ray of hope:

“Oh, and someday we’ll all be free / And I’m proud to be, oh black like me.”

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In a post on her social media, Mickey wrote, “I have rewritten this caption several times because even I don’t have words that can properly express my emotions over the last few weeks. Our world is on fire right now. There is so much division and hate. I wrote this song over a year ago because I was so tired of seeing so much hate and oppression. And yet here we are in the exact same place! We must change that. I hope this song can give you a small glimpse into what my brothers and sisters have endured for 400+ years.”

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It’s Here!!!! I have rewritten this caption several times because even I don’t have words that can properly express my emotions over the last few weeks. Our world is on fire right now. There is so much division and hate. I wrote this song over a year ago because I was so tired of seeing so much hate and oppression. And yet here we are in the exact same place! We must change that. I hope this song can give you a small glimpse into what my brothers and sisters have endured for 400+ years. “It’s a hard life on easy street. Just white painted picket fences far as you can see. If you think we live in the land of the free, you should try to be black like me” #BlackLikeMe is OUT EVERYWHERE RIGHT NOW🖤 Thank you @nathanchapmanofficial @etothedd @fraserchurchill for taking my heart and putting it in a song.

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Although she is shining a light on racism, she doesn’t want fans to forget the plight of women in country music. Her current single, “What Are You Gonna Tell Her,” addresses those struggles.

“I pray that when change really does happen that we can be reminded of these moments and have that same fire for women in country music as we have for people of color. Our work is still not done. So remember that. Please,” she shared in a recent Twitter post.