Miley Ray Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus on November 23, 1992) is an Americansinger, actress, and author. Cyrus is best known for starring as Miley Stewart/Hannah Montanain the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana.
Following the success of the show, in October 2006, a soundtrack CD was released in which she sang eight songs from the show. Cyrus’ solo music career began with the release of her debut album, Meet Miley Cyrus on June 23, 2007. Her second album, Breakout, was released on July 22, 2008. Breakout is Cyrus’ first album that does not involve the Hannah Montanafranchise. Both albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. In 2008 she released her Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert film. She also starred in Bolt in 2008, and recorded “I Thought I Lost You” for the soundtrack for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination. She starred in the movie spin-off of Hannah Montana, titled Hannah Montana: The Movie which was released on April 10, 2009. In addition, she has recorded the main single, “The Climb“, for the movie soundtrack. In 2008, Cyrus was listed in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World. Forbes magazine ranked her #35 on “The Celebrity 100” list with earnings of over US$25 million in 2008. Cyrus was born in Nashville, Tennessee on November 23, 1992. She is the daughter of Leticia “Tish” (née Finley) and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. She has an older brotherTrace, a vocalist and guitarist of an electronic rock band Metro Station in California. She has an older sister, Brandi. The two were Tish’s children from a previous relationship, whom Billy Ray Cyrus adopted when they were very young. She also has an older half-brother, Christopher Cody, her father’s son from a previous relationship, but she has not seen Christopher since November 2007 during her concert inFort Worth, Texas. Miley also has a younger brother, Braison, and a younger sister, Noah, who is also an actress. Cyrus was named Destiny Hope because her parents believed that she would accomplish great things. Cyrus was nicknamed “Miley” because she kept smiling (“Smiley”) as a youngster. She is of part Cherokee descent. Cyrus attended Heritage Middle School and was a cheerleader, but now goes to school at Options For Youth. She also has a private tutor on the set of her TV show. She grew up on her parents’ farm outside of Nashville, Tennessee where she also attended The People’s Church. Cyrus was 12 years old when she originally auditioned for Disney for the lead role of Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana, as well as the show’s “best friend” roles, but Disney Channel executives judged her to be too small. However, Cyrus was persistent in her desire to be part of Hannah Montana, so Disney called her back for further auditions. According to Disney Channel Executive Vice President Gary Marsh, Cyrus was chosen for the show because of her energetic and lively performance and was seen as a person who “loves every minute of life,” with the “everyday relatability of Hilary Duff and the stage presence of Shania Twain.” She spent several years trying to get rid of her Southern accent, but in the end Disney wanted her to revive it. Later in an unusual twist, Cyrus had to audition her own father, Billy Ray Cyrus, to see if he would fit the role as Hannah’s dad. Cyrus currently stars in Hannah Montana as the lead character Miley Stewart, whose alter ego is the pop music sensation Hannah Montana. Cyrus also performs in character as Hannah Montana for albums and concerts. In June 2009, Cyrus announced that the fourth season of Hannah Montana will be the last season of her portraying the title role. Cyrus had a brief cameo in High School Musical 2 credited as “girl at pool”. Cyrus also guest-starred as Yatta on the Disney Channel‘s The Emperor’s New School. Cyrus provided the voice of Penny in the 2008 computer-animated film, Bolt. She also starred in a Hannah Montana movie spin-off, titled Hannah Montana: The Movie which was released on April 10, 2009.