Mickey Guyton: ‘Nobody likes getting people mad at me’

It seems like Mickey Guyton can talk until her voice goes away! “I stopped like a year ago, and honestly when it happened I was just trying to process, ‘Wow, did that really just happen?'” says the Nashville singer-songwriter of getting five Grammy nominations – for Best Country Album and Best New Artist.

“These are people I’ve looked up to, and thought what’s amazing is people just for their career to suddenly get this nomination. I was just really grateful and still kind of in shock,” says Guyton, who is competing in the country category against big names Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves.

Guyton’s comeback has been extraordinary; after leaving the industry to focus on art, Guyton says she decided to go back to Nashville because “my voice was kind of gone.”

She sat down with BBC to talk about the album she wrote when she last wrote music: “From a Basement on the Hill” was her first in two years, and she says she’s amazed that so many of her songs have found a home on the Billboard charts.

“I was really concerned about selling this album, so I really put everything on the line for it, including the writing,” she says. “I’ve had a chance to sit with those songs and put them in context. What could be better than to have the Grammys on your resume? It’s also the kind of awards that are so important to what you’re doing.”

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