Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus was born and raised in Flatwoods, Kentucky. He made his singing debut in his father's gospel group and in 1983, formed his own band, Sly Dog. Later on, Billy Ray landed a job as the "house band" in a lounge in West Virginia while making frequent trips to Nashville in the hopes of finding musical success. He was discovered by Mercury talent scouts in 1990 while opening for a Reba McEntire concert in Louisville.
In 1992, he turned the Marcy Brothers' "Don't Tell My Heart" into the simple but immensely catchy "Achy Breaky Heart." The Cyrus virus proved infectious, and the video, in which the muscular, pony-tailed Cyrus was mobbed by adoring women, also introduced the nation to the incredibly popular dance - "The Achy Breaky." The song topped both the U.S. Pop and Country charts and was easily the most successful country single released in the U.K. during 1992.
Billy Ray's album "Some Gave All" also topped the U.S. Pop and Country charts and went multi-platinum in 1992. The million-selling follow up album "It Won't Be The Last" was released in 1993, earning Billy Ray another platinum record. He had a further transatlantic hit "Could've Been Me" and recorded a parody of "Achy Breaky Heart" with Alvin and the Chipmunks. Billy Ray's 1996 album, "Trail of Tears" earned him widespread critical respect and a Single of the Year award from the TNN/Music City News Country Award voters. In 1997, he released a greatest hits album titled "The Best of Billy Ray Cyrus Cover to Cover." Billy Ray's album "Shot Full of Love" has sold over 14 million copies worldwide. His debut Monument Records album "Southern Rain" came out last October and various cuts will be included in episodes of "Doc" in performances or as source music.
Billy Ray sings lyrics that seem to spring directly from everyday people's lives including, "Busy Man" which addresses fathers everywhere who neglect their families in pursuit of financial success. "Give My Heart To You" is the story of a hard working man with little to show for his life except a loving soul. "The American Dream," Cyrus' first recording with a string section, is an anthem for the nation, a plea that we never stop striving for peace and prosperity. Billy Ray's connection to his audience is deep and his devotion to the public is legendary. His successful music career has awarded him numerous awards from the Country Music Association, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Video Awards, AMOA Jukebox Awards and Country Music Television, among others.
Billy Ray Cyrus has also appeared on several television specials over the past several years including ABC's "Dreams Come True," "A Year on the Road" for VH-1, the TNN special, "Give My Heart to You" and the TNN series "The Life & Times of Billy Ray Cyrus." Additionally, Billy Ray starred in the David Lynch pilot, "Mulholland Drive" in 1999 and independent film, "Radical Jack."
Billy Ray and his wife Leticia ("Tish") married December 28, 1993. They live with their five children on a 500-acre farm, in Singing Hills, Tennessee. In his spare time, Billy Ray enjoys lifting weights, riding his four-wheeler and horseback riding.