Former Team Blake member and 70s-inspired songstress Kristi Hoopes brought Grammy-nominated country star Mickey Guyton to tears this month during The Today Show's newest episode of "Women Who Rock: Music and Mentorship" as part of the Citi Music Series. Created as an opportunity to give young female singer-songwriters a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored by A-list female music superstars, "Women Who Rock" has recently featured mentors such as Maren Morris and Sheryl Crow.
Hoopes questioned Guyton on a number of topics including musical influences, the struggles female artists face in the music industry, diversity, and what "real" country music sounds like. Shortly before the episode's close, Hoopes shared a heart-wrenching new original song entitled "Potential" that details the letdowns and setbacks so often faced by women trying to "make it." The song struck a chord with Guyton, who said it "gave [her] chills." Guyton's stance on the country newcomer was firm, as seen per the statement made on her official social media pages: "I fight for women in country music for artists like Kristi Hoopes."
"Being mentored by Mickey was an unbelievable honor," says Hoopes. "She understands better than anyone how important it is to have a champion who believes in your talent, and I am incredibly grateful to now call her one of mine. The music industry can be particularly brutal and taxing for women, so it's important to have female allies that you can rely on."
Watch the "Women Who Rock: Music and Mentorship" segment here.