Mickey Guyton made history at this year’s ACM Awards as the first Black female country singer to take the stage solo and perform her own music. She belted her gut-wrenching and powerful ballad, “What Are You Going To Tell Her?”
The journey has been long and arduous at times for Guyton, but she’s persevered through it all, and this year seems to be her much-deserved year to finally shine. One person that’s particularly excited for Guyton’s milestone? Cam.
“Personally, I’m so moved by Mickey’s journey. You know, it’s a tough gig to make it in this town, and the way she’s gotten here and she’s singing this incredible song and singing her truth,” the “Burning House” singer shared at a press conference the night of the awards. “Tonight, she’s gonna have a moment singing her own song as a solo performer, and that’s the first time we’ve had a black woman country artist do that. Obviously this is about Mickey and her song, but you know what? It’s really nice to have a moment to celebrate this history.”
She adds, “It’s not very often you get to see something in the moment you actually know is history happening. And also, just in general, when we say we go hard for women, we need to go 200% hard for black women— and that’s something I’m really happy to see so many people lift her up tonight.”
Cam has been part of both the ACM and Recording Academy’s ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts. The California native, who has work and education background in psychology, is also a vocal champion of other female artists in country music, often chiming in on gender inequality issues in the genre.
Outside of that, the country star is gearing up to release her highly anticipated sophomore album The Otherside via RCA Records on October 30. The 11-track record will include the stunning “Diane,” “Till There’s Nothing Left,” “Redwood Tree” as well as her breezy new single, “Classic.” Exclusive pre-order packages are available here.