Cyrus was born on November 23, 1992 in Nashville, Tennessee to parents Leticia “Tish” (née Finley) Cyrus and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. Her parents named her Destiny Hope because they believed that she would accomplish great things with her life. They gave her the nickname “Smiley”, which was later shortened to “Miley”, because she smiled so often as a baby. Cyrus suffers from a mild heart condition causing tachycardia which, though not dangerous, is often bothersome.
Against the wishes of her father’s record company, Cyrus’s parents secretly married a month after Cyrus’s birth on December 28, 1992. The marriage gave Cyrus three half-siblings: Trace and Brandi, Tish’s children from a previous relationship, and Christopher Cody, Billy Ray’s son from a previous relationship. Billy Ray adopted Trace and Brandi when they were toddlers and paid child support for Cody, who was also born in 1992 and grew up with his mother in South Carolina. The couple later gave birth to Cyrus’s two younger siblings, Braison and Noah. Cyrus’s godmother is entertainer Dolly Parton. Cyrus was very close to her paternal grandfather, Democratic politician Ronald Ray Cyrus. Cyrus has paid her grandfather several tributes since his death in 2006, including eventually changing her middle name to “Ray”. According to Cyrus’s father, “A lot of people say Miley changed her name to Miley Ray because of Billy Ray, but that’s not true. She did that in honor of my dad, because the two of them just loved each other to pieces.”
Cyrus grew up on a 500 acre farm in Franklin, Tennessee, approximately an hour away from Nashville, and attended Heritage Elementary School. She was raised Christian and was baptized in a Southern Baptist church prior to moving to Hollywood in 2005. She attended church regularly while growing up and wore a purity ring. Cyrus displayed an affinity for performing as a toddler, although she would not seriously consider acting until she was eight. Several of Cyrus’s siblings also eventually entered the entertainment business: Trace became a vocalist and guitarist for the electronic pop band Metro Station, Noah became an actress, and Brandi became a guitarist.
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Hannah Montana became an instant hit and propelled Cyrus to teen idol status, according to The Daily Telegraph. The series premiered on March 26, 2006 to the largest audience ever for a Disney Channel show and soon became one of the highest-rated series on basic cable, elevating Cyrus’s wealth and fame along with it. Time magazine reports that Cyrus’s “phenomanal” success is due partially to her talent and partially to “Disney learning to use its vast, multimedia holdings” and market Cyrus and Hannah Montana appropriately. Cyrus eventually became the first artist to have deals in television, film, consumer products, and music within The Walt Disney Company.
Cyrus’s first single was “The Best of Both Worlds”, the theme song to Hannah Montana, which was released on March 28, 2006. “The Best of Both Worlds” is credited to “Hannah Montana”, the pop star Cyrus portrays on the series by the same name. As with other songs credited to Montana, Cyrus typically dressed as the character when performing the song live. Cyrus’s first release under her own name was a cover of James Baskett’s “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”, released on April 4, 2006 on the fourth edition of DisneyMania. Dressed as Hannah Montana, Cyrus opened for The Cheetah Girls on twenty dates of their The Party’s Just Begun Tour, beginning on September 15, 2006. On October 24 of same year, Walt Disney Records released the first Hannah Montana soundtrack. Of the nine tracks on the soundtrack performed by Cyrus, eight were credited to “Hannah Montana” and one, a duet with her father titled “I Learned from You”, was credited to Cyrus as herself. The album peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.
After the end of the Best of Both Worlds Tour in January 2008, Walt Disney Pictures released Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, a 3D concert film of the tour, on February 1, 2008 for what was expected to be a one-week run. The film earned $29 million at the box-office and an average of $42,000 per theater, twice the expected total, convincing Disney executives to extend the release for an indefinite run. “We don’t want to turn away kids from the theaters who couldn’t get into the concerts,” said Chuck Viane, Disney’s chief of distribution. The film’s soundtrack was released by Walt Disney Records/Hollywood Records on March 11, 2008 and peaked at number three on the Billboard 200.
On July 22, 2008, Cyrus released her second studio album under her own name, entitled Breakout. Cyrus said Breakout was inspired by “what’s been going on in my life in the past year.” Cyrus co-wrote eight out of twelve songs on the album. “Songwriting is what I really want to do with my life forever, I just hope this record showcases that, more than anything, I’m a writer.” The album debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and its lead single, “7 Things”, peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. She hosted the 2008 CMT Music Awards with her father in April and the 2008 Teen Choice Awards by herself in August. Cyrus provided the voice of Penny in the 2008 computer-animated film Bolt, which was released on November 21, 2008 to critical acclaim. Cyrus also co-wrote and recorded the song “I Thought I Lost You” as a duet with John Travolta for the film, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. In September 2009, she participated in the charity single “Just Stand Up!” in support of the anti-cancer campaign Stand Up to Cancer and in the City of Hope Benefit Concert in support of cancer research and training programs. She also became involved in Disney’s Friends for Change, an environmentalist group, for which she recorded the charity single “Send It On” along with several other Disney Channel stars.
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