Our Song Spotlight this week features a tune that hasnâ€™t made it to the 40 yet, but we fully anticipate that it will very soon. Itâ€™s by a newcomer named Mickey Guytonâ€¦ a young lady from Arlington, Texas who began singing gospel music in church when she was just five, and grew up listening to the likes of Dolly Parton, LeAnn Rimes, Whitney Houston, and gospel greats BeBe and CeCe Winans. Sheâ€™s always had a heart for country and says, â€śOf all the music out there, country is the most honest, the most genuine, and speaks to my heart.â€ť
Mickey moved to Los Angeles after high school to attend Santa Monica College, and while working hard at two jobs to make ends meet, she was introduced to producer Julian Raymond, who helped pave the way for her to move to Nashville in 2011 and pursue her dreams as a country singer. Since then, sheâ€™s signed with Capitol Records Nashville (where she is currently the only solo female country artist), sung at the White House in a PBS concert featuring James Taylor, Dierks Bentley, Kris Kristofferson, The Band Perry, Darius Rucker, and Lyle Lovettâ€¦ and, just recently made her debut appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
Mickey Guytonâ€™s debut single is not only strong, but itâ€™s also refreshing. â€śBetter Than You Left Meâ€ť is a country waltz with a slight gospel feel to it. Co-written by Mickey, Nathan Chapman, Jennifer Hanson, and Jenn Schottâ€¦ itâ€™s a soulful, powerful ballad about a lady whose â€śexâ€ť left her and nowâ€¦ sheâ€™s better off as a result. The style and instrumentation clearly leans more toward traditional country, and if you havenâ€™t had the pleasure of hearing this gem yet, weâ€™ve got good news for you. You can hear it right here, right now at CT40.com. Just click on â€śFresh Tracks,â€ť locate the titleâ€¦ and enjoy!
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