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Billy Ray Cyrus is an American country singer-songwriter and actor, who earned great fame and success with his very first album ‘Some Gave All’

InformationDetail
BirthdayAugust 25, 1961
NationalityAmerican
FamousSingers, Country Singers, Singer-songwriter
City/StateKentucky
SpousesCindy Smith, Leticia
ChildrensBraison Chance, Miley Ray, Noah Lindsey
Birth PlaceFlatwoods, Kentucky, U.S.
ReligionProtestant
Height183
GenderMale
FatherRon Cyrus
MotherRuth Ann Casto
Net Worth$160 million as of Apr 30,2017
Sun SignVirgo
Born inFlatwoods, Kentucky, U.S.
Famous asAmerican singer-songwriter

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Who is Billy Ray Cyrus?

Any follower of country music would have heard the name of Billy Ray Cyrus. This talent from Tennessee struck gold with his very first album. However, he had to go through a fair share of struggles and rejections before making it to the top. Initially interested in baseball, he started learning the guitar at the age of twenty and he was confident enough to drop out of college in order to pursue a career in music. After refining his skills and furthering his reputation by performing in local clubs, his opening act for the iconic country singer Reba McEntire got him his first recording contract. Soon, his debut album followed, which propelled him into instant stardom. His intermingling of country music with rock, coupled with his singing, his on-stage charisma and his good looks made him the toast of the nation. However, the album’s success also led to sky-high expectations from his subsequent albums, which he couldn’t live up to. With his music career on a downward spiral, Cyrus smartly turned his focus to acting and was cast in a TV show, ‘Doc’. He has been alternating between making music and acting ever since. In an industry where excesses are the order of the day, Cyrus has retained his humility and morals and continues to be an inspiration to several aspiring musicians.

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Childhood & Early Life:

Billy Ray Cyrus was born as William Ray Cyrus in Flatwoods, Kentucky to politician Ron Cyrus and Ruth Ann Casto. He was much influenced by his grandfather, who introduced him to gospel and bluegrass music.

His father could play the guitar and his mother the piano and his grandfather used to play the fiddle. The musical environment at home had a great influence on him and he began singing from a young age of four. He tried playing his father’s guitar but being left-handed he found it difficult.

He earned a baseball scholarship to study at ‘Georgetown College’. He formed the band ‘Sly Dog’ with his brother and they were hired as a house band for a club in Ohio. Soon, Cyrus dropped out of college to pursue music full-time.

In 1984, a fire burnt down the club where Cyrus was performing and all his music equipments were also destroyed. The same year, he relocated to Los Angeles, hoping to secure a recording contract, but was unsuccessful in his attempts and soon returned to Kentucky.

He performed as often as he could in Nashville, gradually honing his skills. He was noticed by country singer Del Reeve, who introduced him to the supervisors at ‘Mercury Records’. Producer Harold Shedd of Mercury Records was impressed by Cyrus’s opening for famous country singer Reba McEntire, and immediately signed him up.

Career:

In 1992, Cyrus released his debut album, ‘Some Gave All’ which was an immense commercial success and sold more than twenty million copies worldwide.

In 1993, he released his second album‘It Won't Be the Last’, comprising four singles, all of which achieved moderate success. He began touring during this time and the next year, he released his third album ‘Storm in the Heartland’, which did not do well commercially.

In 1996, with his popularity having reduced considerably, he released his fourth album, ‘Trail of Tears’. Although praised by critics, the album was again a commercial failure.

In 1998, after yet another unsuccessful album, ‘Shot Full of Love’, Cyrus ended his association with ‘Mercury Records’ and signed up with ‘Monument Records’ the next year.

In 2000, he released his first album with ‘Monument Records’ and fifth overall. Titled ‘Southern Rain’, the album fared better than his last few efforts, but still wasn’t a major success.

With his music career not taking-off, Cyrus turned to acting and appeared in one episode of the TV show ‘The Love Boat: The Next Wave’ in 1999. Two years later, he acted in his first film as well, an independent film titled ‘Radical Jack’.

In 2001, he got cast as a regular in the medical family drama ‘Doc’, which gained popularity with the viewers and ran for five seasons. Since then, he has made guest appearances for a few TV shows, also hosting the reality show ‘Nashville Stars’.

In 2003, he marked his return to music by releasing two Christian albums, ‘Time Flies’ and ‘The Other Side’, drawing from his childhood experiences with gospel music.

From 2006 to 2012, Cyrus released five more albums with different labels. Among these, ‘Home at Last’ is the most successful one, reaching number 3 on the ‘U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums’ chart.

From 2006, he featured as a regular in the popular musical comedy TV series ‘Hannah Montana’, in which his daughter Miley Cyrus played the lead. He was also a part of the cast of a spin-off film titled ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’. The film was commercially successful, grossing more than 155 million at the box-office.

He was a contestant in the reality dance show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in 2007, where he had a good run and finally finished at fifth place.

In 2009, he formed an alternative rock band called ‘Brother Clyde’ with three other musicians. After replacing all the other three band members, he released an album the next year, having the same name as the band.

Cyrus ceased his collaboration with ‘Brother Clyde’ in 2010 to concentrate on his solo career. Since then, he has released two albums, ‘I’m American’ and ‘Change My Mind’. The same year, he also had a supporting role in a Jackie Chan film, ‘The Spy Next Door’.

He has also featured in a few television specials that highlight his path to success. These include documentaries such as‘Billy Ray Cyrus: Dreams Come True’, ‘Billy Ray Cyrus: A Year on the Road’, ‘I Give My Heart To You’, and ‘The Life and Times of Billy Ray Cyrus’.

Major Works:

Cyrus’s hugely successful debut album ‘Some Gave All’, released in 1992, was a unique blend of country and rock music. The album had as many as four hit singles, with the song ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ topping the charts in many countries. The album went on to become the best-selling album of that year in the US, selling almost five million copies.

Awards & Achievements:

The hit single ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ won a ‘Billboard Music Award’ in 1992, for staying at number one position on the Billboard charts for most weeks.

‘Achy Breaky Heart’ was also nominated for two ‘Grammy Awards’ in 1993 in the categories ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Best Country Vocal Performance, Male’.

Cyrus won an ‘American Music Award’ in 1993 in the category ‘Favourite Country New Artist’.

Personal Life & Legacy:

In 1986, Cyrus married Cindy Smith, who also co-wrote the songs ‘Wher'm I Gonna Live?’ and ‘Some Gave All’ with him. These songs were a part of his debut album ‘Some Gave All’. The marriage ended in divorce after five years.

In 1992, he married ‘Leticia Cyrus’ to whom he is still married. He has three children with her - Miley Ray, Braison Chance, and Noah Lindsey. He also has two stepchildren from Leticia’s previous relationship - Brandi and Trace.

He had a relationship with Kristin Luckey, with whom he also fathered a son, Christopher Cody. Cody was raised by his mother in South Carolina.

Trivia:

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Billy Ray Cyrus biography timelines

  • // 25th Aug 1961
    Billy Ray Cyrus was born as William Ray Cyrus in Flatwoods, Kentucky to politician Ron Cyrus and Ruth Ann Casto. He was much influenced by his grandfather, who introduced him to gospel and bluegrass music.
  • // 1984
    In 1984, a fire burnt down the club where Cyrus was performing and all his music equipments were also destroyed. The same year, he relocated to Los Angeles, hoping to secure a recording contract, but was unsuccessful in his attempts and soon returned to Kentucky.
  • // 1986 To 1991
    In 1986, Cyrus married Cindy Smith, who also co-wrote the songs ‘Wher'm I Gonna Live?’ and ‘Some Gave All’ with him. These songs were a part of his debut album ‘Some Gave All’. The marriage ended in divorce after five years.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, Cyrus released his debut album, ‘Some Gave All’ which was an immense commercial success and sold more than twenty million copies worldwide.
  • // 1992
    Cyrus’s hugely successful debut album ‘Some Gave All’, released in 1992, was a unique blend of country and rock music. The album had as many as four hit singles, with the song ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ topping the charts in many countries. The album went on to become the best-selling album of that year in the US, selling almost five million copies.
  • // 1992
    The hit single ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ won a ‘Billboard Music Award’ in 1992, for staying at number one position on the Billboard charts for most weeks.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he married ‘Leticia Cyrus’ to whom he is still married. He has three children with her - Miley Ray, Braison Chance, and Noah Lindsey. He also has two stepchildren from Leticia’s previous relationship - Brandi and Trace.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, he released his second album‘It Won't Be the Last’, comprising four singles, all of which achieved moderate success. He began touring during this time and the next year, he released his third album ‘Storm in the Heartland’, which did not do well commercially.
  • // 1993
    ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ was also nominated for two ‘Grammy Awards’ in 1993 in the categories ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Best Country Vocal Performance, Male’.
  • // 1993
    Cyrus won an ‘American Music Award’ in 1993 in the category ‘Favourite Country New Artist’.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, with his popularity having reduced considerably, he released his fourth album, ‘Trail of Tears’. Although praised by critics, the album was again a commercial failure.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, after yet another unsuccessful album, ‘Shot Full of Love’, Cyrus ended his association with ‘Mercury Records’ and signed up with ‘Monument Records’ the next year.
  • // 1999
    With his music career not taking-off, Cyrus turned to acting and appeared in one episode of the TV show ‘The Love Boat: The Next Wave’ in 1999. Two years later, he acted in his first film as well, an independent film titled ‘Radical Jack’.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he released his first album with ‘Monument Records’ and fifth overall. Titled ‘Southern Rain’, the album fared better than his last few efforts, but still wasn’t a major success.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, he got cast as a regular in the medical family drama ‘Doc’, which gained popularity with the viewers and ran for five seasons. Since then, he has made guest appearances for a few TV shows, also hosting the reality show ‘Nashville Stars’.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, he marked his return to music by releasing two Christian albums, ‘Time Flies’ and ‘The Other Side’, drawing from his childhood experiences with gospel music.
  • // 2006 To 2012
    From 2006 to 2012, Cyrus released five more albums with different labels. Among these, ‘Home at Last’ is the most successful one, reaching number 3 on the ‘U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums’ chart.
  • // 2006
    From 2006, he featured as a regular in the popular musical comedy TV series ‘Hannah Montana’, in which his daughter Miley Cyrus played the lead. He was also a part of the cast of a spin-off film titled ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’. The film was commercially successful, grossing more than 155 million at the box-office.
  • // 2007
    He was a contestant in the reality dance show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in 2007, where he had a good run and finally finished at fifth place.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, he formed an alternative rock band called ‘Brother Clyde’ with three other musicians. After replacing all the other three band members, he released an album the next year, having the same name as the band.
  • // 2010
    Cyrus ceased his collaboration with ‘Brother Clyde’ in 2010 to concentrate on his solo career. Since then, he has released two albums, ‘I’m American’ and ‘Change My Mind’. The same year, he also had a supporting role in a Jackie Chan film, ‘The Spy Next Door’.

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Billy Ray Cyrus's FAQ

  • What is Billy Ray Cyrus birthday?

    Billy Ray Cyrus was born at 1961-08-25

  • Where is Billy Ray Cyrus's birth place?

    Billy Ray Cyrus was born in Flatwoods, Kentucky, U.S.

  • What is Billy Ray Cyrus nationalities?

    Billy Ray Cyrus's nationalities is American

  • Who is Billy Ray Cyrus spouses?

    Billy Ray Cyrus's spouses is Cindy Smith, Leticia

  • Who is Billy Ray Cyrus childrens?

    Billy Ray Cyrus's childrens is Braison Chance, Miley Ray, Noah Lindsey

  • What is Billy Ray Cyrus's religion?

    Billy Ray Cyrus's religion is Protestant

  • How tall is Billy Ray Cyrus?

    Billy Ray Cyrus's height is 183

  • Who is Billy Ray Cyrus's father?

    Billy Ray Cyrus's father is Ron Cyrus

  • Who is Billy Ray Cyrus's mother?

    Billy Ray Cyrus's mother is Ruth Ann Casto

  • What is Billy Ray Cyrus's sun sign?

    Billy Ray Cyrus is Virgo

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    Billy Ray Cyrus is famouse as American singer-songwriter