Mickey Guyton is the latest artist to perform a remote set for NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series.
Standing in a friend’s studio near her Los Angeles home, the powerhouse singer kicked off her performance with a rousing rendition of “Black Like Me,” accompanied by her keyboardist Lynette Williams. Afterwards, she explained that she wrote the song after reading the John Howard Griffin book of the same title—which she displayed, alongside her unborn son’s booties, on a ‘tiny desk’ in front of her.
She then continued with two other songs from her recent EP, Bridges: “Salt” and “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?”, now accompanied also by guitarist Jon Sosin and percussionist Paul Allen. Guyton wrote the latter song earlier this year, she said. “I wrote it based on what I’ve seen as a woman… Oppression really is a pandemic in the world, in this country, in this industry.”
Watch Guyton’s remote NPR Tiny Desk here: