Seventeen-year-old Denver’s whole life is music. And she hopes it’s her future, too: along with her bffs Dali and Shak, Denver is determined to write and sing her way to a better life. So when the girls find their way into the sights of R&B legend Sean “Mercury” Jones, a man with the power to make that dream come true — and then some — Denver doesn’t think twice, or look back.
Merc offers them everything, but everything comes with a price. Parties, perks, wild nights — they’re going to live and look like stars. And it’s all worth it, even the pain and the lies. It’s all part of the game. Until it’s not.
Based on the author’s own experiences and further inspired by victim accounts from the current music industry, MUTED is an insightful look at the ongoing abuse of young women of color in entertainment, as well as a moving portrayal of how easily a girl’s dreams can be used against her — and what it takes to fight back.