Mickey Guyton has released Bridges—her first EP in five years.
Bridges is the follow-up to Guyton’s 2015 self-titled EP. It packages her recent singles “Heaven Down Here,” “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” and “Black Like Me” alongside three new songs. On “Black Like Me,” the Texas-born singer sings about her experience as one of the only black female artist signed to a major country music label. She released the song during the Black Lives Matter protests in June, its title borrowed from a book of the same name by John Howard Griffin.
“If you only knew what it took for me to get here,” Guyton wrote in a message to fans on Instagram. “I felt unseen for so long. I am extremely grateful that I didn’t let any obstacle keep me down for long. Thank you for hearing me. Thank you for seeing me.”
Guyton also shared a factoid about the EP’s title track: “I’m the entire choir. I changed my voice and made up names for each voice. There was Sister Daniels, Susan, Henrietta, Charles….”
To celebrate the release of her new EP, Guyton will perform “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” at the Academy of Country Music Awards tomorrow (September 16).
Prior to the release of Bridges, earlier this year Guyton contributed the song “Without a Net” to the new documentary Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story, which is about the working stuntwomen underpinning the film industry.
Stream Bridges below: