Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Billy Ray Cyrus is definitely a “Busy Man”

BROOKS, Calif. – Billy Ray Cyrus is a man who’s been at the top of the mountain, the bottom of the valley and is back on top with an unbridled enthusiasm for his craft, his career, and his life. "I'm more excited now than when I got my first record deal," said Cyrus. "Only now I'm older, more focused; I'm having more fun."

"Music is not a job, it's what I love to do." He says. "My goal is for my music to touch people's lives. I want them to feel they were moved inside." Cyrus will bring this unique connection with his fans to his performance at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 stage on Saturday, July 26 at 8 p.m.

Judging by the legions of fans that buzz on web chats, travel to concerts and have purchased millions upon millions of his albums, he has certainly accomplished that goal. In 1992, his debut album Some Gave All sold over nine million copies and spawned the monster international hit "Achy Breaky Heart". One three-minute song expanded the boundaries of country and brought the music to an entirely new audience.

"I'm proud of that song," Cyrus says. "It touched people around the world."

His impressive career resume also includes the million-selling It Won’t Be the Last, three number-one and many top-ten singles including 1999s "Busy Man" which still receives strong recurrent airplay.

Over the years Cyrus has maintained his worldwide success, earning multi-platinum certifications in Australia, Denmark, New Zealand and Norway and gold in the UK and South Africa as well as a Diamond Award in Canada.

Every few years, Cyrus takes his career in a new and interesting direction. He starred in a PAX-TV series, "Doc," playing a Montana doctor who moves to New York City. In addition, he was the music advisor and has a cameo in the New Line Cinema feature film, "Wish You Were Dead," starring Christopher Lloyd and Carey Elwes. Cyrus's songs "Where'm I Gonna Live" and "Good as Gone" are featured in the film. Plus he appeared in "Mulholland Drive," a TV movie directed by David Lynch, and he also starred in the action film, "Radical Jack."

But his most celebrated acting role to date is on the original television series “Hannah Montana,” in which he plays dad to his real life daughter Miley Cyrus, whose fame has grown to astronomical heights since the show first appeared on the Disney Channel in 2006. In addition to the high ratings of the TV series, concerts for Hannah Montana have also been exceedingly popular. Tickets for every concert sell out, with some being scalped for thousands of dollars. “She’s got a busy future – she’s like me, she loves acting and she loves singing,” Cyrus says. “Her whole heart’s into it.”

His most recent album, released in July 2006, is Wanna Be Your Joe. It is the latest installment in a career which has included three #1 singles and six Top Ten singles, including "Could've Been Me" and "In the Heart of a Woman." Cyrus also holds the record for the longest time at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart for a debut record at 17 weeks.

When asked how he has the time to fit in touring and acting on a popular Disney channel show, he replies, “I just stay busy, and I’m lucky because I love what I do. I love making music, and I love acting.” In a career that has seen its ups and downs, right now, Cyrus is definitely at the top of his game – and doing what he loves.

Tickets are available through www.tickets.com or Cache Creek Casino Resort Guest Services: (800) 452-8181, for $75, $65, or $55. For more information, go to: www.cachecreek.com.

Contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333; cburgeson@cachecreek.com

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