Guyton was the second oldest of Phyllis Ann Roddy and Michael Eugene’s 4 children. Her family moved throughout the state because of her father labored as an engineer. She is of African American descent.
The songwriter had been enrolled throughout the neighborhood public faculty at first. Nonetheless, she was later transferred to a private institution due to racial prejudice from totally different households. Guyton continued to face racism no matter this shift, telling NPR in 2020 that her best good pal’s dad and mother steadily used racial slurs to hunt recommendation from her. 
Mickey started singing when he was youthful and have turn out to be critical about music at 5. She steadily carried out in church choirs, notably at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Arlington. LeAnn Rimes’ rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at first of a Texas Rangers sport gave her the motivation to begin singing.
The singer moved to Los Angeles, California, after graduating from highschool to pursue a occupation in nation music whereas attending Santa Monica College. To assist herself, she studied enterprise and labored quite a lot of minimum-wage jobs. Various jobs included background vocalist work, along with singing in Nick Cannon’s film Underclassman.
She moreover carried out on demo tapes and gave an American Idol audition. Guyton’s American Idol audition was eradicated merely sooner than the dwell reveals for the very best 24 contestants. She solely made a brief television look all through her final singing effectivity of the audition rounds.