Mickey Guyton is breaking through.
Following a string of remarkably and achingly intimate songs that consisted of “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” and “Black Like Me,” the nation vocalist has actually gone back to the scene with Bridges, her very first EP in 5 years. The six-song collection, all co-written by the artist herself, more than measures up to the tunes that preceded it. Quiet in some locations, yet strong in others, and all fixated her meaningful and almost crystalline vocals, Bridges is the best reintroduction to the sole Black lady signed to a significant nation label.
“This EP proves that in your darkest moments, you can have your biggest breakthroughs,” Guyton stated in a news release when the job was revealed. “I think back to all of the obstacles in my life and career, including writing and recording most of this EP in quarantine during a time of social unrest, and how it has all led to the birth of this beautiful project. I hope these songs provide others with the same happiness and strength they have provided me in these uncertain times.”