Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Mickey Guyton has released a cover of the classic “O Holy Night” as part of Apple Music’s exclusive Carols Covered holiday series.
Guyton shared a special performance of her rendition of “O Holy Night” on NBC’s TODAY. On a glimmering set complete with scattered candles and a fully decked out Christmas tree, the Nashville star added soulful influence to the traditional carol.
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The performance caps off an eventful year for Guyton. She recently received a Grammy nomination in the Best Country Solo Performance category for her heartfelt single “Black Like Me.” The nod makes her the first Black female solo artist to earn a nomination in a country category in the award ceremony’s history.
“This song is just saying: step outside of your shoes for a second and see what it is like to be someone else and then you’d understand,” Guyton told Variety of the song. “Before I wrote “Black Like Me,” I was already feeling these feelings of sadness, of being within an industry that frowns upon you speaking about injustice happening in society. I’ve felt silenced for a very long time.”
Guyton previously performed “Black Like Me” during her NPR Tiny Desk session, along with “Salt” and “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?”
All three songs are featured on the singer’s 5-track EP Bridges, released on September 11 via Capitol Nashville.
Guyton will be kicking off 2021 as a performer at the upcoming Rose Parade New Year Celebration on January 1. She will be featured during the parade alongside artists like Tori Kelly and Sheryl Crow.
Listen to Mickey Guyton’s cover of “O Holy Night” here.