7:45 AM PT — Country star Mickey Guyton — one of a small handful of well-known Black singers in the genre — just spoke her piece about Morgan’s situation … and she gives some poignant insight, including an olive branch for Morgan himself.
Mickey goes on to say that she’s often questioned why she fights to stay in an industry that has shown it hates her at times because of the color of her skin, but goes on to explain that she does so because of the proverbial bright-eyed artist … who aspires to contribute to what Mickey characterizes as a beautiful style of music, and for whom she wants to fight.
She also wrote in a huge list of country stars she’s aware of who she says are actually great people and ambassadors of the genre — including Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, Kree Harrison, Chris Young, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban and many, many more. Mickey finished her thoughts with a rebuke of “cancel culture” too.
The memo, obtained by Variety, reads … “MORGAN WALLEN — EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. Team, unfortunately country music star Morgan Wallen was captured on video Sunday evening using a racial slur. Effective immediately we request that all of Morgan Wallen’s music be removed from our playlists without exception. More to follow.”
For example, country star Kelsea Ballerini wrote … “The news out of Nashville tonight does not represent country music,” to which Maren Morris responded … “It actually IS representative of our town because this isn’t his first “scuffle” and he just demolished a huge streaming record last month regardless. We all know it wasn’t his first time using that word. We keep them rich and protected at all costs with no recourse.”
He issued an apology, saying there were no excuses for his behavior … and promising to do better. It might be too little too late though — which is a shame for him, because MW was the king of country this past month … breaking streaming records, and getting tons of love.