Singer Mickey Guyton has one of those voices that give you chill bumps on your arms and make the little hairs on your neck stand up. Maybe that’s why she received a rare honor: two standing ovations at the Ryman Auditorium, during her Grand Ole Opry debut, on Saturday night.
Country Deep presented Guyton’s Grand Ole Opry debut, and she told the audience it was “a dream come true” after “so much hard work.” This is a woman who has worked for her honors, without electronic modification or synthesizing of her voice and talent, like too many so-called new country “stars.” She appeared onstage at the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman on Saturday, January 10, in a gorgeous, simple gown that reminded one of Loretta Lynn: very elegant, very stylish. Then Guyton opened her mouth and sang, and her haunting voice filled the Ryman with personality, emotion, and talent. Guests leapt to their feet and the applause and shouts took some time to die down. It caused Guyton to burst into tears. A dream came true: Guyon established herself, and true, new talent stood on the hallowed stage.
Mickey Guyton then introduced a song called “Better Than You Left Me.” She co-wrote the song about a man who did her wrong. Both heartache and strength echo through the lyrics. It is definitely an anthem for abused women everywhere. When her voice rose, one felt the power she gained from finding the strength to walk away, and finding the strength discovered once out of an abusive relationship. It was, all in all, amazing. It won another standing ovation.
Host and long-time music great John Conlee explained to the audience, “Two standing ovations at the Grand Ole Opry, and for someone’s debut, is very, very rare.” He predicted, “We’re going to be hearing a lot more from this talented lady.” Indeed.
But the truly beautiful traits of Mickey Guyton are her appreciation of her fans and sweet personality. After the show, she went to the lobby to take photos with fans and personally greet the many people who wanted to speak to her. Her thanks and hugs were genuine, and when speaking to people she looked right into their eyes with a bright, white smile. Guyton took time with each person, many who was so shy to talk with her, then instantly relaxed as she is warm and personable.
Billboard names Mickey Guyon as a top Country Artist to Watch for in 2015, writing, “Simply put, she’s at the head of the class. A … talented newcomer who Universal has been developing for a couple of years now…Guyton is quite possibly the best female voice to come along…an impact artist…”
Mickey Guyton website is HERE
Video of “Better Than You Left Me” HERE
To see Mickey’s debut at the Opry: #MyOpryDebut