Mickey Guyton released a powerful new ballad, “Black Like Me,” at midnight on June 2.
Co-penned by Mickey, Nathan Chapman, Emma Davidson-Dillon and Fraser Churchill, “Black Like Me” addresses racial inequality in America—delivered with soaring vocals from one of the few minority artists in the country genre.
“It’s Here!!!!” says Mickey, in part, via Instagram. “I have rewritten this caption several times because even I don’t have words that can properly express my emotions over the last few weeks. Our world is on fire right now. There is so much division and hate. I wrote this song over a year ago because I was so tired of seeing so much hate and oppression. And yet here we are in the exact same place! We must change that. I hope this song can give you a small glimpse into what my brothers and sisters have endured for 400+ years.”
Mickey ended the Instagram post by quoting the song’s chorus, before thanking Champman, Davidson-Dillon and Churchill for their contributions.
“‘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’ #BlackLikeMe is OUT EVERYWHERE RIGHT NOW🖤 Thank you @nathanchapmanofficial @etothedd @fraserchurchill for taking my heart and putting it in a song.”
Listen to “Black Like Me” below.
photo by NCD