Billy Ray Cyrus
One song can literally change everything, and no one knows that better than multi-platinum-selling artist Billy Ray Cyrus.
The multi-platinum singer/songwriter's musical roots go back to his childhood in Flatwoods, Ky., when the young William Ray Cyrus sang with his father's gospel quartet before he started grade school. Discovered in 1990 while opening for Reba McEntire, he holds the record by a debut artist for his album Some Gave All, released in mid-1992. The album was No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 album chart for 17 weeks, and "Achy, Breaky Heart," his debut single from the project rested atop the charts for five consecutive weeks. Cyrus won Favorite New Artist (Country)and Favorite Single (Country) for "Achy Breaky Heart" at the 1993 American Music Awards. The tune also earned him the Country Music Association's Single of the Year Award in 1993.
The awards were followed by a string of albums-It Won't Be the Last (1993), Storm in the Heartland (1994), Trail of Tears (1996), Shot Full of Love (1998), Southern Rain (2000) and Home at Last (2007). With daughter Miley adding her vocals to "Ready, Set, Don't Go," a song featured on Home at Last, it reached the Top 10 on Billboard's country singles chart in 2008. Love Songs, a collection drawn from his peak years with Mercury, was released early in 2008.
From 2001 to 2004, Cyrus starred in the television series Doc, a show about a country doctor who moved from Montana to New York City. In late 2005, he began co-starring as Robby Stewart alongside his daughter Miley in the Disney Channel's Emmy-nominated series Hannah Montana. Cyrus also hosted one season of the Nashville Star talent competition. In 2007, Cyrus performed on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.