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Billy Ray Cyrus: Not Simply a One-Hit Wonder
By: Joseph Trombatore, January 27, 2008
American Image Press, Today’s Photographer Magazine
Lewisburg, North Carolina USA

Billy Ray Cyrus took the stage at 1:30 p.m. before an estimated crowd of over forty-thousand at Jefferson Parish's 2nd Annual Family Gras celebration in Metairie Louisiana today.  After arriving late yesterday afternoon, from appearing with his daughter (Miley Cyrus, AKA Hannah Montana) at the Louisiana Superdome, it was rumored she might attend today’s event.  Faces gleaned throughout the teenage girl dotted crowd with the anticipation of a possible duet during the performance.

When it was realized this was not to materialize, Billy Ray's presence proved in total command. There was dancing, singing and hands being raised in the air while women swooned, longing for just a glance in their direction from him throughout his one hour and fifteen minute performance.

Mid-way through his list of songs there was an eruption of laughter as Billy Ray donned a blonde Hannah Montana wig and performed an electrifying duet with 16 year old up and coming co-star Mitchel Musso (from The Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana Show cast) who had performed with his band earlier here today.

The sixteenth song of the day, "Some Gave All" was Billy’s tribute to all those who served in the Armed Forces. This brought a serious note to the celebration. Billy Ray closed with his 1990 all-time hit “Achy Breaky Heart,” from his first album which holds the record for most time spent at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. It was at the top for 17 straight weeks.

Although best known for his single “Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray is not simply a one-hit wonder. He has three #1 singles, six singles that reached the top ten, and currently stars in a successful television series on Disney’s Hannah Montana, where he acts alongside his daughter, Miley.

His newest album, "Wanna be your Joe," received gold status, proving Billy Ray Cyrus' staying power and his rise back to the tops of the Billboard Charts.