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American country singer and actor

Billy Ray Cyrus

Cyrus in 2019
Born (1961-08-25) August 25, 1961 (age 61)

Flatwoods, Kentucky, US
Education Georgetown College
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active 1989–present
Spouses
  • Cindy Smith

    (m 1986; div 1991)

  • Tish Finley

    (m 1993; sep 2020)

Children 6, including Brandi, Trace, Miley and Noah Cyrus
Parent Ron Cyrus (father)
Awards Full list
Musical career
Genres
  • Country
  • country pop
Instrument(s)
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Labels
  • Mercury
  • Monument
  • Madacy
  • Word
  • Curb
  • Warner Bros
  • New Door
  • UMe
  • Walt Disney
  • Lyric Street
  • Buena Vista
  • Broken Bow
Formerly of Brother Clyde
Website billyraycyruscom
Musical artist

Billy Ray Cyrus (born August 25, 1961) is an American country singer and actor He has released 16 studio albums and 53 singles since 1992, and is known for his hit single “Achy Breaky Heart”, which topped the US Hot Country Songs chart and became the first single ever to achieve triple platinum status in Australia It was also the best-selling single in the same country in 1992 Due to the song’s music video, the line dance rose in popularity

A multi-platinum selling artist, Cyrus has scored a total of eight top-ten singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart His most successful album to date is his debut Some Gave All, which has been certified 9× multi-platinum in the United States and is the longest time spent by a debut artist at number one on the Billboard 200 (17 consecutive weeks) and most consecutive chart-topping weeks in the SoundScan era It ranked 43 weeks in the top 10, a total topped by only one country album in history, Ropin’ the Wind by Garth Brooks Some Gave All was also the first debut album to enter at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart The album has also sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling debut album of all time for a solo male artist Some Gave All was also the best-selling album of 1992 in the US with 4,832,000 copies In his career, he has released 36 charted singles, of which 17 charted in the top 40 In 2019, Cyrus earned his first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 as a featured artist on a remix of Lil Nas X’s song “Old Town Road”, which spent a record-breaking nineteen consecutive weeks at the top spot (eighteen of them credited to Cyrus) It also spent a record-breaking twenty consecutive weeks (nineteen of them credited to Cyrus) at the top spot on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Billboard Hot Rap Songs Thanks to the song, Cyrus won his first two Grammy Awards, in the categories Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video

From 2001 to 2004, Cyrus starred in the television show Doc The show was about a country doctor who moved from Montana to New York City From 2006 to 2011, he co-starred in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana with his daughter Miley Cyrus From 2016 to 2017, he starred as Vernon Brownmule on the CMT sitcom Still the King

Early life

Billy Ray Cyrus was born on August 25, 1961, in Flatwoods, Kentucky, to Ron Cyrus, a steelworker who became a politician, and his wife, the former Ruth Ann Casto Cyrus started singing at the age of four His parents divorced in 1966 His grandfather was a Pentecostal preacher Growing up, he was surrounded by bluegrass and gospel music from his family His right-handed father played guitar, however left-handed Cyrus tried to play his father’s guitar, but could not He attended Georgetown College on a baseball scholarship before changing to music He dropped out of Georgetown during his junior year, realized he wanted to become a musician after attending a Neil Diamond concert, and set a 10-month goal to start a career In the 1980s, he played in a band called Sly Dog, before signing a record contract with Mercury Nashville Records Sly Dog was named after a one-eyed dog that Cyrus owned

Music career

The Mercury Records years

While trying to get a recording contract in Los Angeles, Cyrus suffered many hardships including living in his neighbor’s car However, in 1990, he was signed to PolyGram/Mercury That same year, he opened for Reba McEntire Cyrus began to record and write music for his debut album, released in 1992

Some Gave All was released in 1992 The album became an instant chart and sales success It debuted at No 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums, Billboard 200, Canadian Country Albums chart, Canadian Albums Chart, and on the charts of several other countries The album featured four consecutive top 40 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart from 1992 to 1993, including an album cut, the title track The most successful single released was “Achy Breaky Heart” It reached No 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart and was also a hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it reached No 4 Uniquely for a country music song it also became an international success, reaching number 1 in Australia and number 3 on the UK Singles Chart Thanks to the video of this hit, there was the explosion of the line dance into the mainstream, becoming a global craze Additionally, the singles “Could’ve Been Me” reached No 2, “Wher’m I Gonna Live” reached No 23, and “She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore” reached No 6 Some Gave All was certified 9× multi-platinum in the United States in 1996, and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide

Cyrus singing at the Spirit of America tour, October 2005

In 1993, Cyrus and Mercury Records quickly released Cyrus’ second studio album, It Won’t Be the Last The album featured four singles, three of which made the top 40 The album debuted at No 1 on the Country charts, and No 3 on the Billboard 200 By the end of the year, It Won’t Be the Last was certified platinum by the RIAA The highest-charting single, the lead-off single, “In the Heart of a Woman”, charted to No 3, with “Somebody New” charting to No 9, “Words By Heart” at No 12, and “Talk Some” at No 63 Also in 1993, Cyrus appeared on Dolly Parton’s single “Romeo”; though the single only reached 27 on the country singles charts, the accompanying video was popular on CMT

Cyrus’ third studio album, Storm in the Heartland, was released in 1994 It was the final album he recorded for PolyGram, which closed its doors in 1995 The album was not as successful as its predecessors It only reached No 11 on the Country albums chart, and only the title track made the top 40 of the Country singles chart “Deja Blue” was the second single released; however, it only managed to chart to No 66, and the third and final single, “One Last Thrill”, failed to chart at all

The album managed to be certified gold in the US Before Cyrus started on his next album, he was transferred to Mercury Nashville

Also in 1994, Cyrus contributed the song “Pictures Don’t Lie” to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country produced by the Red Hot Organization

Cyrus’ most critically acclaimed album was 1996’s Trail of Tears for Mercury Records The album debuted at No 20 on the Country chart Only two songs made the cut to radio, neither of which hit the top 40 The title track and “Three Little Words” reached No 69 and No 65 respectively The album failed to reach any certification, and was off the charts after only four weeks

In 1998, Cyrus released his last album for Mercury Records Shot Full of Love The album became his lowest-peaking album, debuting at No 32 The first single, “Under the Hood”, failed to chart, “Time for Letting Go” hit No 70, “Busy Man” charted No 3, and “I Give My Heart to You” reached No 41 After the single fell from the charts, Cyrus left Mercury and signed with Monument Records in 1999

His debut album for Monument, Southern Rain, was released in 2000 It debuted at No 13 on the Country albums chart and No 102 on the Billboard 200 Five singles were released and all five charted The lead-off single, “You Won’t Be Lonely Now”, was the highest-peaking single from the album, charting to No 17 Other singles include “We the People” (No 60), “Burn Down the Trailer Park” (No 43), “Crazy ‘Bout You Baby” (No 58), and the title track (No 45)

Shift to Christian music

After the singles from Southern Rain finished their chart runs, Cyrus recorded two Christian albums Both albums, Time Flies and The Other Side, were released in 2003 The first album debuted and peaked at a low No 56 on the Country album charts Three singles were released; however, only the final single reached the charts “Bread Alone”, “What Else Is There”, and “Back to Memphis” were released, and “Back to Memphis” charted to No 60

The second Christian album, The Other Side, was recorded while Cyrus filmed his PAX series, Doc It debuted at No 5 on the Top Christian Albums chart, No 18 Top Country Albums, and No 131 on Billboard 200 Two of three singles charted – “Face of God” (No 54) and “The Other Side” (No 45) – while “Always Sixteen” did not chart

Disney Entertainment

The album Wanna Be Your Joe was Billy Ray’s first country album since 2000’s Southern Rain It was again recorded on a new record label: New Door/UMe Records It was released while Cyrus was filming the show Hannah Montana Wanna Be Your Joe made it to No 24 on the Country charts and No 113 on the all-genre charts The album initially sold well, but no hit-single was released The title track was released as the first single, and was followed by “I Want My Mullet Back”, both of which were ignored by country radio Although not released as a single, a music video was made for the track “Stand”, a duet with daughter Miley Cyrus

Also in 2006, Billy Ray appeared with metal-rock group Metal Skool (now Steel Panther), and performed several songs including “Rebel Yell” by Billy Idol, and the song “I Want My Mullet Back”, which appears on Wanna Be Your Joe

He also sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at Game 5 of the 2006 World Series in St Louis, Missouri

Career re-launch

In mid-2007, Cyrus was a celebrity contestant on the 4th season of the show Dancing with the Stars Cyrus was partnered with Karina Smirnoff He quickly became a fan favorite Cyrus and Smirnoff made it to the semi-finals, where they finished in 5th place

From Cyrus’s exposure on Dancing with the Stars and Hannah Montana, his record label pushed up the release date by a month for his new album Home at Last was released in July 2007 on Walt Disney Records It debuted at No 3 on the country charts, making it Cyrus’ first top 5 entry since 1993 Beginning sales for the album were very strong; however, the album failed to be certified The single “Ready, Set, Don’t Go”, was initially released as a solo single The solo version made it to No 33 on the Hot Country Songs chart

In October 2007, Cyrus and his daughter Miley performed a duet of the song on Dancing with the Stars The duet debuted at No 27 on the Country charts and eventually peaked at No 4 in 2008, giving Billy Ray his first top 5 single since 1999, as well as Miley’s first top 5 on any Billboard chart

Cyrus was a part of the Disney collection Country Sings Disney in 2008 Two of his songs, “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” and the Sheryl Crow-penned song “Real Gone”, appeared on the album Billy Ray’s version of “Real Gone” was also made into a music video that is in rotation on both CMT and GAC; the song also appears on Back to Tennessee

New label and newfound chart success

Cyrus singing at the Kids Inaugural Event in January 2009

In late 2008, his website announced that a new studio album would be released by the end of the year from Lyric Street Records, entitled Back to Tennessee The album was originally planned to be released on October 21, 2008, but was pushed back to November 18 When the album was not released, it was announced for a January 13, 2009, release The first single, “Somebody Said a Prayer”, debuted at No 53 in August 2008 and reached No 33 in November of that year On March 14, 2009, the album’s title track debuted at No 59 on the country singles chart and a month later on April 7, Back to Tennessee was released The song only charted to No 47 after 11 weeks A third single, “A Good Day”, debuted at No 60 on the country charts for the chart week of September 5, 2009

It was less successful in its first week out as Home at Last It only reached No 13 on the charts and only sold approximately 14,000 copies in its opening week The album’s release date coincided with the release of Hannah Montana: The Movie The song “Back to Tennessee” was included on the movie’s soundtrack, as well as a duet with Miley Cyrus, entitled “Butterfly Fly Away” The latter song would peak at No 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at No 50 and Canadian Hot 100

On November 12, 2008, Billy Ray and Miley presented the “Song of the Year” award at the 42nd Annual Country Music Association Awards Prior to the award show, both Billy Ray and Miley performed on Good Morning America In December 2008, Cyrus made a cameo in Metro Station’s video, “Seventeen Forever”

Shortly after the chart debut of Back to Tennessee’s third single, “A Good Day”, Cyrus and Lyric Street Records parted ways after only one album

Cyrus, Phil Vassar, Jeffrey Steele, and John Waite formed a supergroup together in early 2009 called Brother Clyde On Twitter, Cyrus confirmed the supergroup, saying they just cut the first single from the new album, Lately

On June 30, 2010, Cyrus said about the new alternative rock group Brother Clyde that the old members would be substituted by Samantha Maloney, Jamie Miller, Dan Knight, and Dave Henning Also, he said that their single, “Lately”, was available on iTunes and that their debut album would be out on August 10, 2010

2010–2019: Post-Brother Clyde

In late 2010, Cyrus suspended his activities in the band Brother Clyde, and announced the release of his new solo patriotic album, entitled I’m American Initially scheduled to be released in November 2010, it was pushed back to a May 24, 2011, release with a re-recording of “Some Gave All” that featured guest vocals from Darryl Worley, Jamey Johnson and Craig Morgan being released as the lead-off single However, in April 2011, the single was changed to “Runway Lights” I’m American was released on June 28, 2011 A second single, “Nineteen”, was released in August 2011 The song entered the Hot Country Songs chart for the week of October 8, 2011, where it debuted at number 58, becoming Cyrus’ first charted single since “A Good Day” in 2009

Cyrus released the album Change My Mind on October 23, 2012 Its first single, the title track, was released on September 6

In April 2017, Cyrus told Rolling Stone Country that on his birthday, August 25, he would be known as Cyrus, or “the artist formerly known as Billy Ray”, after legally changing his name Fans did not like this, but on Live with Kelly and Ryan Cyrus said “I’m here to set the record straight That’s the name of the album – ‘Cyrus’ Then, subtitled, ‘Set the Record Straight'” He assured fans his name would still be Billy Ray

2019: “Old Town Road” remix and popular resurgence

After Billboard removed American rapper Lil Nas X’s country-rap song “Old Town Road” from their Country chart, Cyrus was featured in the remix The remix rose to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, unseating the original mix of the song and giving Cyrus his first number one song on the Hot 100 “Old Town Road” spent 19 consecutive weeks (18 of those credited to Cyrus) on the Hot 100, breaking the record as the longest running number one song in history, surpassing the record that was previously set by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men song “One Sweet Day” The song was nominated for various Grammy Awards, winning Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video In October 2019, the song received a diamond certification by the RIAA, selling over ten million total units in the United States It became the fastest song to be awarded diamond certification

Acting career

Cyrus starred in the 1999 independent film Radical Jack He also had a small part in David Lynch’s 2001 film Mulholland Drive as Gene, a pool cleaner who had been having an affair with the wife of Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) In 2001, Cyrus played the lead role on the PAX (now ION Television) comedy-drama Doc, which became the network’s highest-rated show In 2005, Cyrus expanded his acting career in a stage production of Annie Get Your Gun in Toronto, appearing in the role of Frank Butler

Cyrus’ television credits include The Nanny, Diagnosis Murder, Love Boat, The Next Wave, and TNN’s 18 Wheels Of Justice In 2004, he guest-starred as a limo driver in the episode “The Power of Love” of the Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation Cyrus has also been the subject of many television specials that detail his rise to fame and his career These include two ABC documentaries, Billy Ray Cyrus: Dreams Come True and Billy Ray Cyrus: A Year on the Road, a VH1 exclusive, as well as the TNN specials I Give My Heart To You, and The Life and Times of Billy Ray Cyrus In late 2005, Cyrus and his daughter Miley Cyrus began co-starring in the Disney Channel original television series, Hannah Montana, which premiered on March 24, 2006

In March 2007, Cyrus joined several other celebrities to take part in the fourth season of the US version of Dancing with the Stars He and his partner Karina Smirnoff, were eliminated in the eighth week (May 8, 2007) after having also placed in the “bottom two” the week before

Cyrus also starred in Jackie Chan’s movie The Spy Next Door It was shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico and released in January 2010

Cyrus sits on the advisory board of a conservative group called the Parents Television Council

In 2010, it was announced that he and his son Trace Cyrus would take part in a new Syfy reality series called UFO: Unbelievably Freakin’ Obvious

Personal life

Relationships and family

From 1986 until their 1991 divorce, Cyrus was married to Cindy Smith, with whom he co-wrote the songs “Wher’m I Gonna Live” and “Some Gave All”, both of which were featured on his 1992 debut album Some Gave All

In 1992, Cyrus became the father of two children with different women: Christopher Cody, born April 1992 to Kristin Luckey, and Miley Cyrus, born November 1992 to Leticia “Tish” Finley Cyrus pledged to Luckey to support her and their child; she raised Christopher in South Carolina

On December 28, 1993, Cyrus secretly married Tish Finley (born May 13, 1967), against his record company’s advice She was pregnant with their second child, son Braison They have three children together: Miley Ray (born as Destiny Hope in 1992), Braison Chance (born 1994), and Noah Lindsey Cyrus (born 2000) He also adopted the two children whom Finley brought to the marriage: daughter Brandi (born 1987); and son Trace (born 1989) In June 2021, Cyrus became a grandfather for the first time when Braison and his wife Stella welcomed their first child Brandi has had some acting roles, and Trace is now the singer/guitarist for Metro Station

The family lived for a time on a 500-acre (20 km) farm in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, near Nashville They moved to Los Angeles for the filming of the series Hannah Montana, in which daughter Miley starred Brandi Cyrus also had roles in the series: in the episode, “Yet Another Side of Me”, as Customer No 1 and in the season 4 episode, “Been Here All Along”, as the Guitarist

On October 26, 2010, Cyrus filed for divorce in Tennessee, citing irreconcilable differences But the next year, in March 2011, Cyrus said he had dropped the divorce

On June 13, 2013, Tish filed for divorce after 19 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences with Cyrus In July 2013 the couple was reported to be in therapy and dropped the divorce In 2017, the second divorce case was officially dismissed by the court since the couple failed to appear In April 2022, Tish Cyrus filed for divorce a second time, with the divorce papers revealing that they had been separated for more than two years

In September 2022, Cyrus shared a photo of himself with singer Firerose on Instagram; the large ring on Firerose’s finger fueled speculation that the pair were engaged A similar photo posted the following month garnered a similar reaction The two met over a decade prior on the Hannah Montana set and in 2021 released “New Day”, a collaboration featuring Firerose’s vocals and Cyrus on guitar

Political views

Although Cyrus’s song “We the People” was used as a campaign song by Republican George W Bush in his 2000 presidential campaign, Cyrus was reported as saying that he had been a lifelong Democrat

Discography

Main article: Billy Ray Cyrus discography

Studio albums

  • Some Gave All (1992)
  • It Won’t Be the Last (1993)
  • Storm in the Heartland (1994)
  • Trail of Tears (1996)
  • Shot Full of Love (1998)
  • Southern Rain (2000)
  • Time Flies (2003)
  • The Other Side (2003)
  • Wanna Be Your Joe (2006)
  • Home at Last (2007)
  • Back to Tennessee (2009)
  • I’m American (2011)
  • Change My Mind (2012)
  • Thin Line (2016)
  • Set the Record Straight (2017)
  • The SnakeDoctor Circus (2019)

Compilation albums

  • The Best of Billy Ray Cyrus: Cover to Cover (1997)
  • Achy Breaky Heart (2001)
  • 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection (2003)
  • The Definitive Collection (2004)
  • The Collection (2005)
  • Love Songs (2008)
  • iTunes Live from London (EP) (2009)
  • The Best of Billy Ray Cyrus (2009)
  • Icon (2011)
  • The Definitive Collection (2014)
  • The Distance: Best of Billy Ray Cyrus (2014)

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Radical Jack Jack
2001 Mulholland Drive Gene
2002 Wish You Were Dead Dean Longo
2004 Death and Texas Spoade Perkins
2004 Elvis Has Left the Building Hank Uncredited
2008 Bait Shop Hot Rod Johnson
2008 Best of Both Worlds Concert Himself
2009 Flying By George Barron
2009 Christmas in Canaan Daniel Burton Television film
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Robby Ray Stewart Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
2010 The Spy Next Door Colton James Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
2011 Billy Ray Cyrus: I’m American Himself Television film
2011 Christmas Comes Home to Canaan Daniel Burton Television film
2014 Like a Country Song Bo Reeson
2014 Sharknado 2: The Second One Doctor Quint
2017 Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated Himself Documentary film

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Top of the Pops Himself 3 episodes
1995 The Nanny Himself Episode: “A Kiss Is Just a Kiss”
1997 Diagnosis: Murder Himself Episode: “Murder, Country Style”
1999 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Lasso Larry Larsen Episode: “Divorce, Downbeat and Distemper”
2000 18 Wheels of Justice Henry Conners Episode: “Games of Chance”
2001–04 Doc Dr Clint Cassidy 88 episodes
2002 Sue Thomas: FBEye Dr Clint Cassidy Episode: “Pilot”
2003 Degrassi: The Next Generation Limo driver, Duke Episode: “The Power of Love”
2006–11 Hannah Montana Robby Ray Stewart 95 episodes
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Parental Unit
2007 Billy Ray Cyrus: Home at Last Himself 4 episodes
2007 Dancing with the Stars Himself, contestant 17 episodes
2008 Hillbilly: The Real Story Host Episode: “Hillbilly: The Real Story”
2008 Nashville Star Host 9 episodes
2008 Phineas and Ferb Buck Buckerson Episode: “It’s a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World”
2010 Are We There Yet Luke Bonnie Episode: “The Hand on a House”
2011 Full Throttle Saloon Himself Episode: “Episode 23”
2011 Surprise Homecoming Host 8 episodes
2011–12 90210 Judd Ridge 2 episodes
2014 The Haunting Of Himself Episode: “Billy Ray Cyrus”
2014 Newsreaders Billy Ray Cyrus Episode: “America’s Unknown President; Reporter on House Arrest”
2016–2017 Still the King Vernon Brownmule 26 episodes
2017 Cyrus vs Cyrus: Design and Conquer Himself Episode: “Creating a Forever Home”
2017 Blaze and the Monster Machines Lazard Episode: “Animal Island”
2017 Carpool Karaoke: The Series Himself Episode: “The Cyrus Family”
Producer
Year Title Notes
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie
2011 Surprise Homecoming 8 episodes
2016 Still the King 26 episodes

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