COUNTRY star Mickey Guyton “heavily drank and went into a deep depression” before finding big success with her new album, Remember Her Name.
The Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter exclusively spoke to The Sun about her long road to mainstream prosperity - which was not in fact “overnight” as some people believe it to be.
The What Are You Gonna Tell Her? songstress’ passionate fanbase stick up for her when some label the fame Mickey, 37, has acquired in recent years as “overnight.”
“It makes me feel so good when fans acknowledge this wasn’t an overnight success. When I read that… no no no.
“Even getting the Best New Artist nominee, it was like 10 years, new artist?” Mickey told The Sun of her 2021 nomination at the Academy Of Country Music Awards.
She continued: “I’m really not new but maybe to some people I’m new. So I had to remember that. It’s been some pounding of the pavement for me.
“So to even see these ‘yeses’ happen, I’m like ‘hold up, are you sure? No are you sure you’re sure? You said yes? Say that again!’”
Before she made history this year as the first Black solo female artist to be nominated in a country category at the Grammys, she opened up about wanting to quit music all together in 2019.
“They said ‘no’ and I kept trying. And I had people and my management team who supported me for so long and I didn’t want to disappoint them. And to cope with it, I drank… a lot.
“Like, A LOT a lot. Like, a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot. And I wasn’t sleeping for years. I was up at 3, 4, 5, 6 in the morning. I would be up from the hours of 3-6 just thinking,” Mickey said.
She continued: “Even way before 2019, I considered quitting many times. And every year around January I would have a meeting with the record label and break down like a broken person and just tell them ‘I don’t know what to do.’
“And they didn’t have the answers either. I played them my song Rosé thinking it was the most radio-friendly, commercial song that I could possibly make. And they still said ‘no.’
“That put me in a space where I literally had nothing left. And I went through a big depression. And that made me realize the one thing I never did was stand up for myself.”
Mickey revealed that once she “finally stood up” for herself, she was able to get the “clarity” she needed.
'CREATING INCLUSIVE COUNTRY MUSIC'
“I was in therapy. I quit drinking. And the clarity that came with that, I could see everything so clearly and I realized the power in being myself.
“That’s what people want. It made me a stronger person,” the Texas native explained.
Now that she’s on the other side and finding long-deserved success, Mickey says it’s been both “empowering and freeing” to have formed her own path in the tough music industry.
“I get to focus on creating the music I want to make. Everyone’s invited to this table. Everyone is invite to the table, no one is excluded.
“That’s the country music I want to listen to. I want to listen to inclusive country music,” the Love My Hair songwriter concluded.
In November 2020 - just one year after she had considered quitting music - Mickey was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for her emotional song, Black Like Me.
Following her historic nomination, Mickey told CMT: “I am speechless. This nomination is a testament to never give up and live your truth.
“I can’t think of a better song to make history with than ‘Black Like Me’ and I hope that I can continue to help open doors for other women and people who look like me.”
MICKEY'S BIGGEST YEAR YET
To add to exciting year, the new mom welcomed her first son, Grayson, in January with her husband, Grant Savoy, whom she married in 2017.
Though she has released various EP’s in the past, Mickey will be releasing her debut studio album, Remember Her Name, on September 24, 2021.
Due to the pandemic, Mickey recorded part of the album inside of her own home and even wrote some of the contents on her bedroom floor.
The record includes singles What Are You Gonna Tell Her?, Black Like Me, a re-recorded version of her 2015 single Better Than You Left Me as well as a cover of Beyonce’s 2008 hit, If I Were A Boy.
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