Happy birthday to Billy Ray Cyrus. While many might recognize him as the father of “Hannah Montana,” Miley Cyrus, he also has carved out a country music career that made him a household name long before the Disney Channel!
Born William Ray Cyrus on August 25, 1961 in Flatwoods, KY. Music was all around from the start—his father, Ron, was a politician who had an affinity for the guitar. Billy Ray went to Georgetown University on a baseball scholarship, but music would win out for the singer. He began playing with a band called Sly Dog, which would gain a regional following. That would bring him to the attention of legendary manager Jack McFadden, which in turn led him to a contract with Mercury Records.
Once his deal was in place, it didn’t take much time at all for the singer to make an impact. He found a song called “Achy Breaky Heart,” and the rest, as they say, is history. Though none of his single releases came close to equaling the success of that first hit, he re-visited the top ten on several occasions, most recently with daughter Miley on “Ready, Set, Don’t Go.”
Needless to say, the career of Billy Ray Cyrus is far from a one-hit wonder, and it’s also far from over. He recently issued a rock album with a group he has formed called Brother Clyde, and has just finished up an album with hit producer Buddy Cannon called American, which will be in stores later this year.
Son of a legendary Kentucky politician, country music superstar, TV star, Dancing With The Stars contestant and of course, Miley’s father—Billy Ray Cyrus is a lot of things to a lot of people. All along the way, Cyrus has never forgotten where he has come from and who got him there. He’s one of the biggest-hearted performers in the genre, one who is always eager give of his time for benefits or worthwhile causes. And, if you want to see the perfect example of how a bond between fan and artist should be, go to a Billy Ray Cyrus show. In the country format, there is nobody that has more of a bond with their public.
Happy birthday, Billy Ray. And keep the hits coming!
Fuente: LimeWire Music Blog