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Mickey Guyton launched at CMAs by teen who impressed her tune ‘Love My Hair’

Mickey Guyton is altering the world of nation music.

The musician invited teenager Religion Fennidy to introduce her efficiency of “Love My Hair” on the 2021 Nation Music Affiliation Awards on Wednesday night.

As NBC Information reported in 2018, Fennidy was despatched residence from faculty at age 11 for her braided hair extensions.

“My identify is Religion Fennidy and I am proud to say that I impressed the tune you are about to listen to by an artist I really like,” the teenager stated earlier than recalling the expertise that led to Guyton writing the tune.

“Just a few years in the past, I used to be despatched residence from faculty as a result of my braids have been stated to be a distraction,” Fennidy defined. “It was devastating for me. However this subsequent artist created this tune to verify women like me really feel seen and liked.”

After the applause from the viewers settled, Fennidy added, “And that’s the way you flip one thing painful into one thing very optimistic. Together with your assist, we will work collectively to make sure the subsequent era grows up in a respectful and open world for pure hair.”

Guyton then took the stage to sing the emotional tune, with assist from fellow musicians Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards.



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The three singers, who all showcased curly, voluminous Black hair, harmonized on the impactful refrain that goes, “I used to assume what God gave me wasn’t honest/ I would braid all of it/Simply to cover the curls up there/ I discovered my freedom/ After I realized to not care/ Now I am not scared/ To like who I’m/ I really like my hair.”

Fennidy joined the trio on stage on the finish of the efficiency for a bunch hug.



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Guyton took to Instagram to go with Fennidy for motivating her to put in writing the observe, which seems on the artist’s debut album “Keep in mind Her Identify.”

She wrote that having Fennidy current her efficiency, “means the world to me.”

“She is the long run and I wish to be like her once I develop up,” Guyton added.

The empowering teen returned the praise on her Instagram. Fennidy posted a bunch photograph with Guyton, Spencer, and Edwards and stated, “This entire evening was magical! I’ll NEVER overlook this. Thanks for EVERYTHING.”

Previous to the efficiency, Guyton spoke with Nashville newspaper The Tennessean in regards to the tune’s significant lyrics.

“This tune is about self love,” stated Guyton. “We speak about loving our hair as Black ladies. Additionally it is [about] actually loving who we’re. I believe so many people are so imply to ourselves, and we have to study to like ourselves a little bit bit. I actually hope it touches lots of people.”

The singer beforehand addressed representing Black ladies in nation music and being a mentor for younger women when she appeared on TODAY’s Citi Live performance sequence in September for her plaza live performance.

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Talking about how she hopes “Keep in mind Her Identify” spreads these messages, she defined, “I really feel just like the world solely desires — they do not actually take note of the onerous issues that occur in life and so typically so many people don’t really feel seen.”

She added that “so many people really feel not noted and never included.”

“It is so necessary for individuals to be acknowledged. That is so necessary for simply their emotions and their hearts to be acknowledged,” Guyton stated. “We reside in a society the place we simply don’t see individuals.”

When TODAY’s Craig Melvin famous that there usually are not many Black ladies in nation music, Guyton replied, “No, however there’s gonna be extra.”

“You’re inspiring these younger women on the market,” weatherman Al Roker advised the songwriter.

Guyton, who earlier this yr participated in TODAY and Citi’s “Ladies Who Rock: Music & Mentorship” sequence, burdened her want to use her platform to assist different feminine singers.

“Mentorship is actually necessary for me and I search them out as a result of it’s so necessary for Black ladies to have the ability to sing nation music if that’s what they wish to sing.”

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