His parents divorced in 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 month goal to start a career. That same year, he opened for Reba McEntire. Some Gave All was released in The album became an instant chart and sales success. It debuted at No. The album featured four consecutive top 40 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart from to , including an album cut, the title track.
The most successful single released was " Achy Breaky Heart ". Although the song was the only number one single, " Could've Been Me " reached No. The album featured four singles; however, only three made the top The album debuted at No. The highest charting single, the lead-off single, " In the Heart of a Woman ", charted to No. Also in , 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 It was the final album he recorded for PolyGram, as they closed their doors in The album was not as successful as its predecessors.
It only reached No. The album only managed to be certified Gold in the U. Before Cyrus started on his next album, he was transferred to Mercury Nashville. Cyrus' most critically acclaimed album was 's Trail of Tears on Mercury Records. Only two songs made the cut to radio, although neither one hit the top The title track and "Three Little Words" reached No. The album failed to reach any certification, and was on and off the charts after only four weeks.
The album became his lowest-peaking album, debuting at No. After the single fell from the charts, Cyrus left Mercury's roster and signed with Monument Records in His debut album for Monument, Southern Rain , was released in Five singles were released and all five charted.
Move to Christian music After the singles from Southern Rain finished their chart runs, Cyrus began to record two Christian albums. The first album debuted and peaked at a low No. Three singles were released; however, only the final single charted. As with its preceding albums, it too, was recorded on a new record label: It was released while Cyrus was filming the show Hannah Montana.
Wanna Be Your Joe made it to No. 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. Cyrus singing at the Kids Inaugural Event on January 19, Career re-launch In mid, Cyrus was a celebrity contestant on the 4th season of the show Dancing with the Stars. Cyrus was partnered with Karina Smirnoff.
As the show began to air, Cyrus was instantly a fan favorite. Cyrus and Smirnoff made it to the semi-finals where they finished in 5th place.
From his exposure on Dancing with the Stars and Hannah Montana , his record label pushed up the release date a month in advance of his new album. 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. The duet of the song debuted at No. Cyrus was a part of the Disney collection Country Sings Disney in New label and newfound chart success In late , his website confirmed 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, , but was pushed back to November When the album was not released, it was announced for a January 13, release. On March 14, , the album's title track debuted at No. The song only charted to No. A third single, " A Good Day ", debuted at No. It was less successful in its first week out as Home at Last. The album's release date coincided with the release of Hannah Montana: The song "Back to Tennessee" was included on the movies soundtrack , as well as a duet with Miley Cyrus , entitled " Butterfly Fly Away ".
The latter song would peak at No. Also, he said that their single, "Lately", was available on iTunes and that their debut album would be out on August 10, Initially scheduled to be released in November , it was pushed back to a May 24, 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 , the single was changed to "Runway Lights".
I'm American was released on June 28, A second single, " Nineteen ", was released in August The song entered the Hot Country Songs chart for the week of October 8, , where it debuted at number 58, becoming Cyrus' first charted single since "A Good Day" in Cyrus released the album Change My Mind on October 23, Its first single, the title track, was released on September 6.
Acting career Cyrus starred in the independent film Radical Jack. In , he guest-starred as a limo driver in the episode "The Power of Love" of the Canadian teen drama Degrassi: Cyrus has also been the subject of many television specials that detail his rise to fame and his career.
In late , Cyrus and his daughter Miley Cyrus began co-starring in the Disney Channel original television series, Hannah Montana , which premiered on March 24, In March , Cyrus joined several other celebrities to take part in the fourth season of the US version of Dancing with the Stars.
It was shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico and released in January Cyrus sits on the advisory board of a conservative group called the Parents Television Council.
He also has two adopted stepchildren from Finley's previous relationship: Cyrus adopted Brandi and Trace when they were young children. Primetime , Cyrus stated that Miley conceived with Finley and Christopher conceived with Luckey were both born in , when he was unmarried, and his marriage to Finley the following year while she was pregnant with their son was secret and against his record company's advice.
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