Mickey Guyton Revealed Which Female Country Artist Inspired Her To Pursue Music

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Mickey Guyton revealed the artist and moment that inspired her to become a country artist.

The Standout Moment For Mickey Guyton

The “Black Like Me” singer was a child when she discovered her true passion. “I was eight-years-old, and my church, I grew up singing in the church,” she said. “And my church [parishioners] drove to Arlington [Texas] from Waco to go see a Texas Rangers baseball game.”

How exactly did a baseball game inspire her to pursue music? “We were all the way up in the nosebleed section, and the announcer says, ‘Please rise as 10-year-old LeAnn Rimes sings the National Anthem,’” she recalled. “And that was before ‘Blue’ came out. I was already stuck on her, and then when ‘Blue’ came out, I was just like done.”

At first, Mickey Guyton didn’t tell her family about her dream and future career path. “It wasn’t like something where I was like, ‘Dad, I want to be a professional singer,’ she said. “It wasn’t until I was older when I finally admitted it. When you say something like that, it’s pretty crazy. What are we normally supposed to be? We’re supposed to be a teacher, a doctor, a lawyer, go to school and for me to even say that was just kind of crazy. So, I took an interest in singing.”

She worked hard at her craft even while a teenager. “I started doing solos in the church choir or the school had a talent show,” Guyton shared. “I’d bring my boom box, and I’d sing ‘I Will Always Love You.’ I was just mesmerized by big-voiced women, so from LeAnn, I started listening to Dolly and Patsy Cline and Patty Loveless and Reba McEntire and Faith Hill and Martina McBride, all those people.”