Billy Ray Cyrus on 'Representing the Light'
By Rebecca Cusey
Billy Ray Cyrus is father to perhaps the most famous teen in the world, Miley Cyrus, star of Disney's "Hannah Montana" TV show. Billy Ray, who rocketed to fame himself in 1992 with the hit "Achy Breaky Heart," doesn't seem to mind playing second fiddle to his uber-talented daughter. He has a new album coming out April 7, called "Back to Tennessee," but has been spending his time promoting Miley's latest Hannah Montana installment. Opening April 10, "Hannah Montana: The Movie," follows Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) as she leaves her rock star alter ego Hannah Montana behind to return to the family homestead in Tennessee. Her father Robbie Ray (Billy Ray Cyrus) makes her take a break from photo ops and image consultants in order to reconnect with the music, community, and values of her small-town home.
I sat down with Billy Ray in Hollywood to discuss his Christian faith, raising children in the fishbowl of Hollywood, and his dreams for his daughter.
Rebecca Cusey in an L.A.-based entertainment reporter.