Mickey Guyton releases ‘Black Like Me’

Timely new single is getting traction at radio and on playlists

Mickey Guyton has released the timely new single “Black Like Me.” Produced by Nathan Chapman and Forest Whitehead, the inspirational track was written by Guyton, Chapman, Fraser Churchill and Emma Davidson-Dillon.

“It’s a hard life on easy street / Just white painted picket fences far as you can see / If you think we live in the land of the free / You should try to be black like me,” the chorus reads.

“This song was a God moment. He put it on my heart to write it. I thought it was to heal my heart but now I realize it’s meant to heal every heart,” she tweets following its release earlier this week.

The song has gained the top position on Spotify’s Hot Country Playlist and is already in rotation at SiriusXM’s The Highway and Radio Disney! Daylight spins already detected at country radio in markets like Minneapolis, Ft. Wayne, San Jose, Fresno, Little Rock, Knoxville and Appleton.

The song is in response to the civil unrest throughout the world following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmed Arbery and countless other black citizens at the hands of police. On Memorial Day, 46-year-old Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis, died at the hands of a white police officer named Derek Chauvin. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after kneeling on Floyd’s neck while Floyd cried he couldn’t breathe. Floyd was pronounced dead at an area hospital as short time later. Two other white officers have also been arrested and charged in aiding and abetting Chauvin.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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