Country singer Mickey Guyton delivered a one-two punch of important songs this year leading up to her first new EP in five years and she says the “shut up and sing” mentality scares country artists into silence. (August 14)
[MUSIC - MICKEY GUYTON, "BLACK LIKE ME"]
MICKEY GUYTON: (SINGING) You should try to be black like me.
You know, in the country music industry, we're about peace, love, and harmony, and we don't want to ruffle anybody's feathers. We want everybody to feel comfortable. And I've been in a lot of rooms where everybody else is comfortable and I am no-- I am very uncomfortable.
[MUSIC - MICKEY GUYTON, "WHAT ARE YOU GONNA TELL HER?"]
(SINGING) What are you going to tell her when she's wrong? Will you just shrug and say it's been that way all along?
So when I get, you know, those Karens and Kevins that come for me on Twitter, I will put their-- their hate on display for everybody to see so that they know that it's not OK. Like, I'm not making this up. Like, I get this on a daily basis-- hateful messages.
Oh, well then, why don't you just leave? Leave what? Leave this country that I was born in?
[MUSIC - MICKEY GUYTON, "HEAVEN DOWN HERE"]
(SINGING) I know that you're busy, but if you could hear me talking, we could use a little more heaven down here.
What it does to the country community-- I think it scares people in the country music community. It scares them into silence. And therefore, we don't write about it in our songs. Like, country music, you used to write about all of your feelings in the songs. That's why I fell in love with it.
And I was silent for a very long time, and it was detrimental to my heart. Like, we-- God gave each and every one of us a voice, a heart, a mind, and our own personal experiences. And when you shut that up and shut that out, you're shutting up what God created us to be. Halleloo!