Recording an album is hard enough on its own, but Mickey guyton made his studio debut, Remember his name, while simultaneously working on another creative process: she was pregnant with her first child, a son named Grayson.
“Pregnancy was not in the plan! Mickey admits in a recent CMT interview, adding that “God is giving you exactly what you need right now.”
For Mickey, becoming a mom meant focusing less on the criticisms and pressures she faced from the country music industry, not only as a new artist, but as a black woman as well. “I know I needed this handsome boy to take the pressure off the industry and put that energy into this precious human,” she explains.
In addition, the pregnancy posed logistical challenges to the album creation process. “Recording and singing with a baby in your womb is a lot!” continues the singer. “When I first found out I was pregnant, the first trimester was the hardest to record. “
Early pregnancy symptoms like nausea made it difficult for Mickey to predict when she would be able to work, and later, as the baby grew, it became physically difficult for her to sing.
“Then in the last trimester I had to learn to sing with a six pound baby in my womb. During the recording of the song ‘All American’, for example, there was no room for my diaphragm, so I had to wait for certain times of the day to record, ”she says. “If I had just ate, I literally couldn’t sing ‘All American’, because my voice couldn’t hit those notes …”
Also on the track list of Remember his name are songs like “Black Like Me” and “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?”
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