Billy Ray Cyrus, born August 25, 1961, is an American country singer and actor, who has had an amazing career. He has also handed the baton to the next generation by helping his children build their careers in show business. Despite not being an Australian, his music found large acceptance in the country-continent. He is also a Grammy award nominee. Cyrus has also had a fine acting career in movies and reality TV shows. We will help you celebrate his special day right here.
William Ray Cyrus
August 25, 1961
Billy Ray Cyrus has built a world-renowned name in music. People listened to his biggest single from one end of the earth to the other. Billy Ray Cyrus was born on August 25, 1961, in Flatwoods, Kentucky, and his zodiac sign is Virgo. His father is Ronald Ray Cyrus, Ruth Ann Casto is his mother, and he has Caucasian ethnicity. Cyrus was introduced to music as a child. His father played the guitar, his mother played the piano, and his grandfather played the fiddle.
Cyrus attended Russell high school in Kentucky before proceeding to Georgetown College. He partnered with his brother to form a band named ‘Sly Dog’ in 1982, and they landed playing gigs in Ohio. He dropped out of college shortly after that. Trouble came in 1984 when a fire destroyed the band’s instruments. Sly Dog disbanded, and Cyrus pursued his career alone. Del Reeves, a veteran singer, noticed him in 1990, and he encouraged the A&R crew at Mercury Records to give him a chance. Mercury Records signed him after seeing his stage performance.
He dropped his first single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” in 1992, and his record label gave it an intense marketing push. The song helped sell his debut album “Some Gave All” when he dropped it later in the year. The album went to the top of the charts, stayed there for 17 weeks, and sold nine million copies. He has released 15 studio albums and 52 singles since 1992, but none of them have performed as well. He only went back to the top of the music charts when featured on Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” in 2019. His acting career peaked when he co-starred in “Hannah Montana” (2006-2011), a series headlined by his daughter, Miley Cyrus.
Cyrus has six children and he got divorced from his wife of almost 30 years in April 2022.
Cyrus partners with his brother to set up the band 'Sly Dog.'
After playing in Ohio for two years, a fire destroys the band's house and equipment.
Cyrus infuses Rock into Country music and drops “Some Gave All” his debut album.
Cyrus features in "Radial Jack," an independent movie.
Cyrus stars in "Hannah Montana," a widely popular television show, alongside his daughter, Miley Cyrus.
Why We Love Billy Ray Cyrus
He is a mental health advocate
Cyrus knows the importance of good mental health, and he is vocal about it. He once had to break the door down to reach his daughter suffering from depression.
He is an LGBT advocate
Cyrus speaks out against discriminatory anti-LGBT laws. We all have a role to play in making sure laws are not made to oppress any member of society.
He is charitable
Cyrus has donated his resources to many charities, one of them being the Mohammed Ali Parkinson Centre. Giving is a habit all of us should cultivate.
5 Surprising Facts
He was discovered at reba mcentire's show
Cyrus was discovered while opening a Reba McEntire concert in Louisville.
He and Miley named two eagles
Cyrus and his daughter, Miley Cyrus, partnered with the American Eagle Foundation to name two baby eagles which the foundation later released into the wild.
He loves sandwiches
Cyrus claims people will not find a bigger fan of sandwiches than him.
He was a promising baseball player
Cyrus played a lot of baseball in high school, and he got a baseball scholarship to college.
He almost retired in 2011
Cyrus told a magazine that he was retiring, but he made several albums after making that statement.
Billy Ray Cyrus FAQs
Is Dolly Parton a relative of Billy Ray Cyrus?
Billy Ray Cyrus is not related to Dolly Parton. However, she has always been his friend and mentor.
Is Miley Cyrus related to Billy?
Miley Cyrus is Billy Cyrus’s daughter. Billy helped build her music career.
How many wives has Billy Ray Cyrus had?
Billy Ray Cyrus has had two wives. He married his now ex-wife, Tish Cyrus, in 1993.
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