Mickey Guyton has accomplished many amazing things over the last year, but the one she’s likely the most proud of is welcoming a healthy baby boy into the world. Guyton announced the arrival of her firstborn son on Monday morning (2/8).
“The hardest and most beautiful thing I have ever done. Welcome to the world Grayson,” she wrote with the Bible verse, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. – Psalm 30:5″
Grayson is the first child for Guyton and her husband Grant. His name, Grayson Clark, derives from personal places for the couple.
“My husband’s name is Grant and his best friend’s name is Tyson,” Guyton previously told Sounds Like Nashville in our Cover Story feature. “He lost his best friend Tyson to a horrible car accident. He passed away at Thanksgiving of last year and so we combined their names Grant and Tyson, so Grayson. And Clark is his dad’s name, who passed away about 14 years ago, so Grayson Clark. I feel like it’s so regal.”
She went on the explain that his name helped influence the design of his nursery in their Los Angeles-based home.
“Because his name is so stately, I want him to have a very sophisticated room. I want him to feel like a man so I’m trying to do his room kind of vintage a little bit. It’s whites and grays with a cool color rug and maybe a cool accent wall. I’m trying to make him feel adult-like. I think he’s going to be a sweet baby. I don’t know if you can tell their personality within the womb, but just the way he moves around, he just seems pretty chill.”
As she went through her pregnancy and reflected on the breakout year she had through 2020, which included making her the first solo Black female to perform on the ACM Awards stage and the first Black woman to be nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Country Solo performance category, she admits that becoming a mother is her top prize of the year.
“Every other accomplishment that I’ve had just doesn’t even compare to be honest,” she admitted. “You could win a 100 Grammys. You could make millions of dollars. You could win a Nobel Peace prize, but it still would never compare to a life and feeling that life move in your stomach and knowing that there’s this soul that is being created by you in your body that was God’s will to be here. Nothing else really compares to be honest.”
In the days leading up to Grayson’s arrival, many of Guyton’s peers in the industry took to Twitter to support her following the fall-out from Morgan Wallen’s recent controversy. Guyton has been on the receiving end of horrifically racist comments for many years while working as an outspoken advocate for equality for both women and people of color. Artists including Kelleigh Bannen and Cassadee Pope offered to gift fans with copies of Guyton’s EP Bridges as a way to move it up the Apple Music charts.