Miley Cyrus: Singer, Songwriter, Actress – Biography

The super-talented and beautiful Miley Cyrus can do it all – she’s a singer, songwriter and actress who is best known for her role in the Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana” TV series. Since then, she has released several bestselling studio albums, launched three worldwide tours, and starred in movies and TV shows. She has also been a fixture in the celebrity tabloid press, thanks to her sometimes outrageous and scandalous actions on and off the stage.

Miley Cyrus is her stage name. She was actually born Destiny Hope Cyrus in 1992 in Franklin, Tennessee. She was the daughter of performing legend Billy Ray Cyrus. As a child, she was known as “Smiley,” and that nickname was later shortened to Miley. She grew up on a huge farm in Tennessee before later moving to Toronto, Canada when she was just eight.

In her first-ever role, Miley played in a small role in a TV series (“Doc”) that her father also appeared in. She also had a credited role (using her birth name) in Tim Burton’s film “Big Fish” in 2003, at the age of eleven. At that time, she began to audition for a role in “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D,” but later put off those plans for a new role that would end up changing her life dramatically.

“Hannah Montana” and early music success

That’s right – it was exactly at that time that Miley Cyrus began auditioning for the Disney Channel TV show “Hannah Montana.” While she began auditioning in 2003, the show didn’t actually premiere until 2006. When it did, though, it quickly became one of the highest-rated shows on cable TV. The show immediately became a success and Miley Cyrus became a teen idol adored by girls everywhere. She then toured with The Cheetah Girls, performing songs from the TV show’s hit first season. Disney then released a soundtrack for the character Hannah Montana, and that really launched Miley’s career.

It was time then for Miley Cyrus to release her first studio album under her own name, and not the name of Hannah Montana. She signed a four-album contract with Hollywood Records, and released a two-disc album, Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus in June 2007. The release of the album was interesting – the first disc was credited to Hannah Montana, while the second disc “introduced” the music of Miley Cyrus. The album immediately went to the top of the Billboard charts, and has now sold over 3 million copies. The lead single from that album was “See You Again” (2007), which sold 2 million copies.

From there, it was time to go on tour to promote the album, and Miley launched the “Best of Both Worlds” Tour (2007-2008). At about the same time, Miley also released a 3D concert film in theaters called “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Bet of Both Worlds Concert.” Concert promoters said there was so much demand for tickets to the show, that it reminded them of The Beatles a generation earlier. It was clear that Miley had all the makings of a true superstar and plenty of eager fans.

In June 2008, Miley Cyrus followed up that success with her second studio album, Breakout. This album, too, went straight to the top of the Billboard charts. And she also had a voice actress role in the animated film “Bolt” (2008), which marked her debut on the big screen. Also starring in the film was John Travolta, so you can get a real sense of how popular Miley had become.


There were plenty of other markers of success at that time, of course. For example, there was the new 2009 Hannah Montana feature film (“Hannah Montana: The Movie”), as well as the supporting soundtrack for that film.

The lead single from her second studio album – “The Climb” – was also an immediate hit. Miley also launched a fashion line for Walmart and promoted it with one of her all-time hit songs, “Party in the U.S.A..” She also released the EP The Time of Our Lives in 2009. From there, it was time to embark on a new world tour, called “The Wonder World Tour.” That tour in 2009 was so successful that she even performed for Queen Elizabeth II and members of the British Royal Family.

A new version of Miley Cyrus

What could Miley Cyrus possibly do as a follow-up to all this success?  The answer is that Miley Cyrus decided to reinvent herself. She was only 17 years old, and she was looking to become known as a real adult performing artist, instead of just being known as a young Hannah Montana. And, as you might expect, that involved some risks.

Her next studio album was Can’t Be Tamed (2010), and as you can tell from the title, it was meant to present a more grown-up Miley Cyrus. It was also more dance-oriented, rather than being a blend of pop and country. But the album was not a commercial success, and many of her fans were turned off by the lyrics in the songs. In fact, the second single released for the album was released only in Europe due to all the controversy.

Even worse, photos and videos of Cyrus continued to circulate online, in which she appeared to be doing things like smoking marijuana. She launched another world tour, but there were no North American concert dates on the tour. Moreover, she officially closed down her recording contract as Hannah Montana. From here on out, it was going to be a very different Miley Cyrus.

And from 2010 to 2012, Miley Cyrus seemed to be drifting from one creative project to another. She hung out with other celebrities, appeared on TV shows like “Saturday Night Live,” starred in films (“The Last Song”) and generally became as famous for her controversial image as for her music. She even put off plans for her fourth studio album.


The re-emergence of Miley Cyrus the superstar

But in 2013, everything changed once again for Miley Cyrus. She released her fourth studio album, Bangerz, with RCA Records, her new label. The first single from that album was “We Can’t Stop,” and it was a huge smash. The second single – “Wrecking Ball” – was even bigger. It became her third studio album to go straight to #1. Miley Cyrus was back!

There were a number of factors responsible for the success of that new album. One of them was her new manager, Larry Rudolph, who had also helped to propel Britney Spears to fame. And secondly, Miley Cyrus began working with hip-hop, rap and R&B artists to give her music a new sound. For example, she collaborated with Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg,, and Wiz Khalifa.

And, of course, there was all the celebrity controversy swirling around Miley Cyrus. The peak of that controversy was the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, when she performed with Robin Thicke on stage. From then on, she was a fixture in the celebrity tabloids.

From 2013 to 2016, Miley Cyrus was seemingly everywhere. She collaborated with a  number of top artists, released new songs, got involved romantically with new celebrities, and had cameo roles in films. She also released her fifth studio album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, as a free streaming collection online. It was new, edgy, experimental and somewhat psychedelic.


More superstardom ahead

In 2016, Miley Cyrus began to pave the way for her sixth studio album. When she wasn’t recording music, she was appearing in film and TV projects. For example, she was a coach during the 10th season of the reality TV show “The Voice,” and was later named as a judge for the show’s 11th season, replacing Gwen Stefani.  Her TV projects included a show, “Crisis in Six Scenes,” that she worked on with Woody Allen for Amazon Studios.

In 2016, she also became engaged to Liam Hemsworth, a long-time romantic interest of hers. For fans of Miley Cyrus, though, the most interest surrounded her new studio album. And she finally gave fans a preview of what to expect in May 2017, when she released the album’s first single, “Malibu.”

And, while many people still associate Miley Cyrus with some of her most controversial moments – especially the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance – she has also been working to build her reputation as both an activist and a philanthropist. She has sung on charity singles, appeared at hospitals to visit sick fans, and helped to raise money for victims of natural disasters. She has also worked to raise the profile surrounding issues such as homelessness.

All in all, Miley Cyrus has skyrocketed to stardom within a very short period of time. She is still not even 25 years old, but we’ve been seeing her on stage for more than a decade! Her lifetime earnings are speculated to be close to $350 million, and in 2017, experts estimated her net worth to be $200 million. Her secret formula seems to be a great voice, a unique stage presence, and a willingness to create controversy. She has certainly become one of the America’s top-selling singing sensations within a very short period of time!

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