We sat down with Arlington, Texas native, musician Mickey Guyton to chat inspiration, personal style and shooting for your dreams. “She believed she could so she did,” Mickey is the next big thing to hit the country music scene. She made her first national television appearance on stage at the White House during an all-star concert and spent this past summer touring with Grammy winner & country superstar Brad Paisley. With all of these amazing achievements falling into place, we’re pretty sure Mickey has even greater things up her sleeves – on the way. Not only is she down-to-earth, but her enthusiasm is so infectious. She simply has a beautiful soul. Follow us through Mickey’s We Heart It interview and learn how you can keep your spirits high, too.
Do you have a creative process or routine, or do you write and create most when it’s least expected?
I usually have a routine. Whenever I’m in town I try to schedule writing sessions with some of my favorite writers. I always have my iPad full of song title ideas, my journal and my guitar with me – the essentials!
What advice would you give the younger generation working towards their dreams?
My biggest advice is to never give up. It sounds cliché but it is seriously so true. You never know when that big opportunity is going to come, it may just be around the corner. Also, try not to compare your journey to other people’s, that can really mess with your head and it’s important to keep focused on your goal.
Where do you find inspiration for your music?
From life – everyday in life there’s a song. We’re all the same. We may be different but we all go through a lot of the same stuff. My journal is huge when it comes to my songwriting. It is full of inspirational quotes, and entries about what’s going on in my life. It’s so important to look back, reflect and be able to see what you’ve gone through and how you’ve grown from it. That’s actually what inspired me to write my song “Unbreakable,” just flipping through my journal. Also, listening to other tunes can be so inspiring. I love all types of music and pop music right now is great. I get a bunch of ideas there.
Besides music, what other creative outlets do you enjoy? We noticed you have an excellent sense of personal style!
Aww, thank you! Well, I do love to shop – especially on a budget. It’s a nice challenge to be able to find cool stuff that’s really affordable. Mainly, music is my fun… I try to dance when I’m on stage and I have a blast doing that. Being near my friends and their personalities… They all do different things and are creative in their own ways – they just inspire me so much.
What is your favorite part about performing?
Being able to see people’s responses and feeding off of the energy from the crowd is an amazing feeling. Meeting people after the show, as well. More than anything, it’s knowing that my music (and doing something I love) is able to touch someone else and have a positive impact on their lives, in that moment, even if it’s just one person.
Describe your ideal on-stage outfit.
I love shorts and flowy tops – and HEELS. I literally won’t go on stage without heels on. In the fall, I love a good hat.
How do you stay in touch with family and friends at home when you’re on the road?
My good ole cell phone! I always try to take time to catch up with my friends and family. Ultimately, they are the most important. It can definitely get lonely out on the road! A lot of my family and friends have been able to make it to at least one show. It’s nice traveling to different cities and seeing different friendly and familiar faces out in the crowd.
Who are your musical influences?
Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Whitney Houston, Carrie Underwood – women with big voices, I am immediately drawn to them. They are all just so amazing – incredible singers and also, strong women.
We Heart It is a positive place for inspiration. Any advice for Hearters on how you stay positive?
Whenever something negative comes into my life, I face it head on, deal with it, hurt over it and move on. Everything happens for a reason and everything always works out the way it was meant to. You have to embrace the hurt because it makes you appreciate the good that much more. “If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain,” as Dolly says. I also surround myself with positive people – it’s important to have those people who lift you up.
You’re a trailblazer in country music. Any advice for other young women who want to succeed in a male-dominated world?
You just have to focus on those dreams, stay driven. It definitely gets hard, but never give up, always fight and believe in yourself!
About a year before Mickey Guyton even existed in this universe, we heard it from Toni Basil herself: “Oh Mickey, you’re so fine. You’re so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey!” Toni obviously knew, one day, someone remarkable by the name of Mickey would make her mark on the world. Stay up-to-date and connected with Mickey through her We Heart It canvas!