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A Conversation with an On the Rise Star at Spelman

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Spelman chapter.


Currently the Atlanta University Center is gearing up for a very special guest to land for a visit. Aside from the excitement of midterms and Homecoming being just around the corner in October, rising music artists and celebrity Mickey Guyton is also coming to Spelman.

On Wednesday October 7th at 6:30pm in the Camille Olivia Banks Cosby Auditorium, Guyton will come to host a conversation for Spelman students. Although at Spelman, this event is open to students across the Atlanta University Center. Guyton is a black woman making waves in the music industry. Originally from Arlington, Texas her journey has taken her from Santa Monica College in California, to life in Nashville, Tennessee where she signed with Capitol Records. From there, she has managed to get her name on the top of the lists in the country music and western genres.

Traditionally the country music and western world is a place where African-American people have had little to no presence. Throughout the years, there have been a few people who managed to infiltrate the system and obtain a degree of success including: “Tina Turner, Linda Martell, and the Pointer Sisters.  Guyton is the name of the 21st century. Some country music critics are deeming her to be the “new face of country music”

Outside of climbing to the top in the country music charts, Guyton has had the dynamic opportunities to perform at some of the nation’s most prestigious events. Some of these spaces include the White House, the United Negro College Fund’s Evening of Stars, and the national Country Music Awards.

Considering Guyton’s background, she has obtained a very unique positioning. To break into the music industry is a rewarding feet. To break into country music is challenging for African-Americans. At the conversation, Guyton, will take a look into her life and the events leading up to her success. Through Guyton’s talk, Spelman is aiming to inspire students to strive for success.

For all students this is a great opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of the Entrainment industry and about the powerful ways that African-Americans  continue to infiltrate systems, break barriers, preserver, and write their own destiny that is not determined by society’s constraints.

Danyelle Carter has always been excited about building beneficial relationships, sharing stories and managing her best self. She is an aspiring publicist majoring in Comparative Women's Studies at her dream school, the illustrious Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She chose to continue her education at Spelman after graduating summa cum laude from Miami Dade College with a joint associate degree in Mass Communications and Journalism. Currently a junior at Spelman, Danyelle hopes to bring contemporary perspectives to commercial appeal by pursuing entrepreneurship of owning her own firm. If you ask her what her aspirations are, her eyes would light up, her smile would widen and she would squeal: "to be the Communicator-in-Chief of my own PR/Social Interaction agency!"