For GRAMMY nominated country singer Mickey Guyton, the iconic LeAnn Rimes is her driving force and inspiration when it comes to pursuing country music. At just 8-years-old, Guyton attended a Rimes’ concert and from that point on, she was hooked.
At 31-years-old Guyton released her self-titled debut EP. Since then, she has grown as an artist and continues to use her voice to inspire others, like Rimes has for her. During an interview with Access Hollywood, Guyton revealed that having Rimes cheer her on in her career “means the world” to her.
“That women, I heard her sing the National Anthem and that’s when I was like, ‘I want to do that, whatever she’s doing, I want to do that.’ I was completely mesmerized by her and I still am to this day,” Guyton shared. “To know that she supports me, it means the world to me. I feel like she’s a sister to me. It’s just this understanding of I’ve got you, and she’s got me and that means a lot.”
From a young age, Guyton had a passion for music. She not only sang her heart out at Rimes concerts, but she also performed at “every single basketball game there ever was” while in high school. This weekend, she will be crossing something major off her career bucket list – singing the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVI. She knows and loves the song, and she’s ready to perform in front of the crowd on Sunday, February 13. She has come full circle since those days as a teenage girl performing on the basketball court.
“I don’t think she would believe it,” Guyton responded when asked what her younger self would think of this exciting news. “I think it’s just to show her that true perseverance and really standing up for what you believe in and being 100 percent you – it works. You are enough.”
Getting the words right is often the biggest challenge for the artists that perform it, but since she feels pretty confident about that part, she can focus on the next most important aspect of the day, her outfit. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until Super Bowl Sunday to see the full ensemble, but Guyton did tease it a bit.
“It’s going to be a dress, I can’t say what color because I saw there’s bets going out there…it’s going to be amazing, you’ll have to wait to see the rest.”
The National Anthem is usually a slow, drawn-out song, but that might not be the case for Guyton, or “Quicky Mickey” as she’s been called.
“My nickname is ‘Quicky Mickey’ because I sing the national anthem so fast,” she said with a laugh. “But I only sing it fast because I would have to…whatever, they call me ‘Quicky Mickey.'”
Last night, just a few days before her Super Bowl debut on NBC, Guyton performed at the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest along with fellow country artists Blake Shelton and wife Gwen Stefani.