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Once in a great while, a song comes along that takes your breath away.

Once in a great while, an artist delivers a song with such conviction, you feel a thump in your chest.

Once in a great while, a previously unheard song is played on the radio that ignites such a response, it gives you faith in mankind.

That song, by that artist, was played by this radio station today shortly before 11:30.

Country 1025 was one of the first in the nation to play the profoundly powerful, “What Are You Gonna Tell Her” by Mickey Guyton. It generated such an immediate and overwhelming reaction… the likes of which I haven’t experienced often in my career.

Last week at CRS (Country Radio Seminar) in Nashville, Mickey performed this song at the legendary Ryman Auditorium for the radio professionals from all over the country.

 

Tell Her- Mickey Guyton

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This song is so important for so many reasons. The lyrics, alone, make it a song that needs to be heard. For any woman, any girl, any parent, brother, sister, grandparent, friend, singer, radio programmer, writer, boss, politician… this song needs to be heard.

“She thinks life is fair
God hears every prayer
And everyone gets their ever after
She thinks love is love
And if you work hard, that’s enough
Skin’s just skin and it doesn’t matter

And that her friend’s older brother’s gonna keep his hands to himself
And that somebody’s gonna believe her when she tells

But what are you gonna tell her
When she’s wrong
Will you just shrug and say it’s been that way all along
What are you gonna tell her
When she figures out
That all this time you built her up just so the world could let her down
Yeah what do you tell her
What are you gonna tell her

Do you just let her pretend
That she could be the president
Would it help us get there any faster
Do you let her think the deck’s not stacked
And gay or straight or white or black
You just dream and anything can happen

Do you tell her not to fight
Is it worth the sacrifice
Can you look her in the face
And promise her that things’ll change

What are you gonna tell her
Maybe you can’t
Cause there ain’t no way
You can’t explain
What you don’t understand
Yeah what the hell do you tell her”

“What Am I Gonna Tell Her” was written by three women, Karen Kosowski, Victoria Bank and Emma-Lee. It has not been released as a single, at this time, but I proud to say Country 1025 sought it out and added it to our playlist.

Mickey Guyton is a Texas girl, was reportedly was inspired to be a singer, at just eight years old, after seeing LeAnn Rimes perform the National Anthem at a Rangers game. She did audition for American Idol, and made it all the way until the live shows and the top 24. She signed to Capitol Records Nashville 9 years ago and was nominated for the ACM Award for New Female Vocalist in 2016.

 

Guyton wrote her debut single, “Better Than You Left Me“, with Jennifer Hanson and Jenn Schott. She debuted the single at the Grand Ole Opry on January 10, 2015, and released both it and the music video two days later.[9][10]

 

(Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Carolyn Kruse Country 102.5 midday personality 9am-2pm Boston