Mickey Guyton

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Mickey Guyton
Birth nameCandace Mycale Guyton
Born (1983-06-17) June 17, 1983 (age 37)
Arlington, Texas
OriginNashville, Tennessee
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2011–present
LabelsCapitol Nashville

Candace Mycale Guyton (born June 17, 1983) is an American country music singer and songwriter. She is signed to Capitol Nashville, and has released her debut single, "Better Than You Left Me".[1]

Musical career[edit]

Candace Mycale Guyton was born on June 17,[2] 1983 in Arlington, Texas,[3][4] to parents Phyllis Ann Roddy and Michael Eugene Guyton.[5][6][7] She said that she was inspired to begin a singing career after, at the age of eight, she saw LeAnn Rimes sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the start of a Texas Rangers game.[6] In 2011, Guyton signed with Capitol Nashville and recorded an extended play, Unbreakable, three years later.[3] Guyton auditioned for American Idol and was cut just before the live shows for the top 24.[8] She was only seen for a few seconds during her final singing performance during the auditions.[8]

Guyton wrote her debut single, "Better Than You Left Me", with Jennifer Hanson and Jenn Schott. She debuted the single at the Grand Ole Opry on January 10, 2015, and released both it and the music video two days later.[9][10]

The song debuted at number 56 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart dated for the week ending January 24, 2015.[11] An article in The Guardian made note of the song's early success on the charts, particularly in relation to Guyton's being an African American female in a genre dominated by white men.[12] In 2016, she was nominated for the New Female Vocalist of the Year honour at the ACM awards.[13]

In 2020, she became the first black woman to perform solo at the ACM awards.[14]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales

Unbreakable 14
Mickey Guyton – EP[16]
  • Release date: June 30, 2015
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • Format: Digital download
  • Release date: September 11, 2020
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • Format: Digital download, streaming


Year Single Peak chart
Sales Album
US Country Airplay
CAN Country
2015 "Better Than You Left Me" 34 42 Mickey Guyton
2016 "Heartbreak Song" 45 N/A
2017 "Nice Things"[22]
2020 "What Are You Gonna Tell Her?"[23] Bridges
"Black Like Me"
"Heaven Down Here"[24]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
US Country Airplay
2016 "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" 57 N/A
"Why Baby Why" 45 Mickey Guyton
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2015 "Better Than You Left Me" Peter Zavadil[26]
"Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" Justin Key[27]
2016 "Heartbreak Song"
2019 "Sister" Chelsea Thompson

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
2016 Academy of Country Music New Female Vocalist of the Year Mickey Guyton Nominated


  1. ^ Dunkerley, Beville (March 24, 2015). "Mickey Guyton's 'Quarter Life Crisis' Leads to Debut LP". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  2. ^ Guyton, Mickey (June 17, 2014). "Best bday present ever! And the crowd sang me happy birthday. Thank you @pandora_radio loveandtheft…". Twitter. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "About". Mickey Guyton. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  4. ^ Tarrant County Birth Records (June 17, 1983). "Candace M Guyton". Family Tree Now. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  5. ^ Broadcast Music, Inc. "Songwriter/Composer: GUYTON CANDACE MYCALE". Broadcast Music, Inc. Archived from the original on April 29, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Farley, Christopher John. "Mickey Guyton to release debut single Monday". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  7. ^ Texas Birth Index (2002). "U.S. Public Records Index". Family Search. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "11 Famous Singers Rejected by 'American Idol'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  9. ^ Casey, Jim (14 January 2015). "Mickey Guyton's Debut Single Delivers". Country Weekly. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  10. ^ Dunkerley, Beville (14 January 2015). "Mickey Guyton Shakes Up a Breakup in 'Better Than You Left Me' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Billboard Country Update" (PDF). Billboard. 12 January 2015. p. 13. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  12. ^ Smith, Grady (27 January 2015). "Mickey Guyton and the trailblazing black women of country music". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) - Twitter". Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  14. ^ Curto, Justin (September 17, 2020). "Mickey Guyton Becomes First Black Woman to Perform Solo at ACMs". Vulture.
  15. ^ "Mickey Guyton Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard.
  16. ^ Cantor, Brian (May 12, 2015). "Mickey Guyton's New EP Arrives On May 26; Tracklist Confirmed". Headline Planet. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  17. ^ Matt Bjorke (August 11, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report for August 11, 2015". Roughstock. Sales figure given here [1]
  18. ^ "Mickey Guyton releases EP 'Bridges'". Niagara Frontier Publications. September 14, 2020. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  19. ^ a b "Mickey Guyton Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  20. ^ "Mickey Guyton Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  21. ^ Matt Bjorke (August 11, 2015). "The Top 30 Digital Country Singles: August 11, 2015".
  22. ^ Betts, Stephen L. (July 31, 2017). "Mickey Guyton's 'Nice Things': Hear New Song". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  23. ^ Mickey GuytonVerified account (2020-02-22). "Mickey Guyton on Twitter: "Friday‌ "". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  24. ^ "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations | New Music Artist Free Song | AllAccess.com". All Access.
  25. ^ "Mickey Guyton - Chart history (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  26. ^ "Better Than You Left Me". Country Music Television. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  27. ^ "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?". Country Music Television. Retrieved 27 December 2015.

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