Country music star Mickey Guyton hosts ‘A Capitol Fourth’ celebration live on PBS

Country music star Mickey Guyton talks about his career and hosting PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth” at the United States Capitol this weekend July 4th.

Listen to our full conversation on my “Beyond the Fame” podcast.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley Previews Mickey Guyton at “A Capitol Fourth” (Part 1)

“A Capitol Fourth” returns live to the U.S. Capitol this weekend on July 4.

The annual PBS show will be hosted by country music star Mickey Guyton.

“I’m playing the national anthem and singing a song from my album called ‘All American,'” Guyton told WTOP. “You’re going to have Chita Rivera, Yolanda Adams, Cynthia Erivo, Darren Criss, Emily Bear, Gloria Gaynor, so many amazing artists, Jake Owen, it’s just going to be such an eclectic and diverse group of artists that’s going to be amazing.”

The lineup also includes Keb’ Mo’, Andy Grammer, Rachel Platten, Loren Allred and Jack Everly conducting the National Symphony Orchestra, the Military District of Washington, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and the US Army Herald Trumpets.

Guyton has experience singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” from this year’s Super Bowl.

“I felt like I was about to give birth for the first time…in front of the whole world, that was how nerve-wracking it was,” Guyton said. “I wanted [meet the halftime performers] so bad, I actually shared a dressing room with Snoop Dogg and he was there, but I was too scared to say hello. I don’t know why, I follow him on Instagram. … I had a job!

Born in Arlington, Texas in 1983, Guyton fell in love with country music at an early age.

“I wanted to become a singer after hearing LeAnn Rimes sing the national anthem at a Texas Rangers baseball game when I was a little girl before she became famous,” Guyton said. “My grandmother was also a huge Dolly Parton fan. … She would have VHS tapes of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers … as well as ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ and ‘Steel Magnolias’.

In 2015, she turned an actual breakup into her debut single, “Better Than You Left Me.”

“He always thought the grass was greener,” Guyton said. “He was constantly breaking my heart to the point that I was afraid of being abandoned. When he finally broke up with me, I said, ‘Okay.’ Then I was able to sing on PBS “In Performance at The White House” for [President Barack Obama]. Two days after that performance, he called to try to come back with me.

She was signed to Capitol Records Nashville for her EP “Bridges” (2020), featuring the powerful and personal single “Black Like Me”, which earned her her first Grammy nomination.

“I wrote ‘Black Like Me’ in 2018 as a therapy song for me personally that I never thought would come out in a million years,” Guyton said. “Then the pandemic happened and Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd performed and I finished that song, mixed in my inbox which was ready to go. Spotify got wind of it and asked for it and I Here now.

The EP also featured the tearful single “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?”

“I had this beautiful Filipina girl with an amazing voice who got accepted into Belmont and asked me what she should be looking forward to,” Guyton said. “That was a heavy one for me because the fight for women in country music and the women’s period is really, really tough. … I remember sitting in the writing session with all the women who sobbed their eyes.

She covered all three songs from her first full-length studio album, “Remember Her Name” (2021), with a title track about the fearless girl of her youth staring at her in the mirror.

“I was inspired by Breonna Taylor; I kept seeing people say, ‘Say his name’,” Guyton said. “While I was writing the song, it turned into a song about not giving up on myself. I wanted it to be a message for women: no matter how hard it is, remember you of that little girl who has no idea what life is about….Remember the fire she had.

Recently, Guyton released the patriotic unity anthem “All American” (2021) with the inclusive hook, “We got the same stars, same stripes, we just wanna live this good life.”

“I was quarantined in Los Angeles pregnant,” Guyton said. “I could see a lot of the protests out my window… all the different diverse people there. I was like, ‘Wow, this is what makes America so beautiful.’ We are so different from so many different backgrounds. We are a nation of immigrants. We come from everywhere. It is something to be celebrated.

In her four short decades on Earth, she has seen country music branch out.

“I have so much faith in what’s going on,” Guyton said. “It was beautiful to watch. I feel like the Nashville community has always wanted to be more diverse, but when you’re not sure where to go, you just continue the path you know. It just takes a or two people to start talking about it…. You see more fans coming out…. It’s beautiful to see.

OMCP’s Jason Fraley Introduces Mickey Guyton at “A Capitol Fourth” (Part 2)

Listen to our full conversation on my “Beyond the Fame” podcast.

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