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Hillbilly Heart [Kindle Edition]

Billy Ray Cyrus , Todd Gold
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Book Description

Billy Ray Cyrus is an award-winning country music legend whose “Achy Breaky Heart” propelled his debut album, “Some Gave All,” to the top of the charts for a record-breaking seventeen weeks. He’s also father of Miley Cyrus, one of Hollywood’s most successful young stars, who grew up on stage and on screen, most famously as the lead on the Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana,” where Billy Ray Cyrus played her father. But sometimes the truth is even better than fiction. Now, for the first time, fans can read about Cyrus’s tenacious and inspiring struggle to find his own way to faith, family, and the power of music.

Hillbilly Heart opens during Cyrus’s turbulent childhood in Kentucky, where he sought refuge in music and sports after his parents’ divorce. He was a troublemaker in training, known more for pulling pranks than for following in his preacher grandfather’s much-vaunted footsteps. But when he heard a voice telling him to get a left-handed guitar and start a band, this rebel found his cause. Ten years later, after tirelessly working the club circuit and knocking on the closed doors of music executives from Nashville to Los Angeles, Cyrus finally made a stratospheric breakthrough, becoming a multi-platinum selling artist and taking his rock-and-roll twist on country music to the world’s stage.

Cyrus fans have always been able to piece together the details of his life through his lyrics—the ups and downs, adventures and disappointments—but Hillbilly Heart gives them a front row seat for his most candid performance ever.

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According to him, when he has reached critical points in his life, singer-songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus hears voices. So far, parents, teachers, girlfriends, juvenile-court judges, tarot-card readers, complete strangers, and even spirits have warned him of dangers and offered directions to reform his life, but he often fends off advice as long as he can. He especially resisted the ghostly “Buy a guitar and start a band” message until he discovered that left-handed guitars exist, which he understood as a sign from God telling him to heed the inexplicable call. Although he learned to play guitar quickly and had natural singing ability, he spent many years performing in dangerous dance halls, under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and women, before he landed a recording contract in Nashville. With wit and candor reminiscent of his song lyrics, Cyrus recounts his rise to musical stardom, the start of his acting career, and his struggles to maintain a marriage and raise children. His fans and those of his daughter Miley Cyrus will enjoy this tell-everything memoir. --Rick Roche


"The first time I met Billy Ray I felt like I had known him all of my life.  I still feel the same way today. He is a warm feeling in my heart and a sweet thought on my mind. He seems like family to me.  I've always been interested in his life, his success and in his children, especially my beautiful fairy god daughter, Miley. I'm very proud of Billy Ray and find him very fascinating and interesting.  I know you will enjoy finding out all about him, his life and rise to fame.  What we have most in common is a Hillbilly Heart."—Dolly Parton

"What a life this guy has had. He goes from having one of the biggest records in the history of radio to watching his daughter grow from a child to one of the biggest stars in the business. There are very few people who can handle that. Billy Ray has done an incredible job as a father and an artist and now as an author."—Kenny Rogers

"Billy Ray's talent, whether singing, acting, or writing, amazes me, and his versatility sets him apart from most. Hillbilly Heart is a beautiful account of Billy Ray's colorful life—great stories, told by a humble man. My life is richer, and the world is a better place, because of him—just as yours will be after reading this book."—Randy Travis

"It's no exaggeration to call country star Cyrus' memoir a hoot."—New York Post

"Told in a natural and candid tone, the book will please country-music fans and may even win over some skeptics.…a warm account of a star who has managed to remain humble."—Kirkus Reviews

"Cyrus chronicles a rollercoaster life, from his troubled adolescence and the revelation that he wanted to become a musician, to life on the road, the challenges and successes of writing music, the difficulties and joys of marriage, and his work in television."Publishers Weekly

"Such earnest yearning, in his songs and in the telling of his life story, endears Billy Ray Cyrus to his audience. During recent interviews promoting the book, Cyrus makes a point to honor and pay tribute to the victims of last week's Boston Marathon bombing. Against the backdrop of such a terrible and baffling event, the timing of Hillbilly Heart, with its positive focus on faith in the source of all good things, seems fortuitous."—Biographile

"This book is an honest look at his life. He’s truthful about his drinking, drugs and the mistakes he’s made in his life."—Red Carpet Crash

Product Details

  • File Size: 1159 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing; 1 edition (April 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQMH0G4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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I was immediately interested in the book HILLBILLY HEART by Billy Ray Cyrus as soon as I heard about it. He has lived a life that I believe exemplifies what it means to work hard and see it pay off for you in a very big way. The book was everything I hoped it would be and more---and for that reason I think it is will be a testament of what is possible for people around the world.

Cyrus takes us into his humble beginnings and how music was the saving grace that took him from where he was, if only for the moment. He knew its power early on, and because he was true to it and respected it, he was able to use it to create a name and brand for himself. In the book we are able to see how it all really starts. He talks about having success as a ball player and the opportunities that it offered. There was something else, though, that was calling to him. He heard "the voice" letting him know what would be his destiny. "Buy a guitar and start a band," it told him, and it was those words that would ignite the passion that eventually made him a household name.

Through music he opened the door for his success in the entertainment industry. Through television others would be able to know him and his family. HILLBILLY HEART takes you into it all, through the discovery and fame that would find his daughter Miley Cyrus, and the scandals that would erupt from time to time, threatening the family's relationships.

In the end, regardless how well-known he was becoming or how much fame he had, Billy Ray Cyrus wanted to stay true to the principles that led him to music in the first place. He wanted to be himself, even if that wasn't the person everyone else wanted to see at the time.

Reflective and honest in its approach, HILLBILLY HEART is the story of a dream fulfilled and a life lived in the spotlight and how you can be yourself in spite of it all. This is book that speaks to the heart and the ability we all have to use our gifts to change the world.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is such a candid look at Billy Ray's life, from his struggles as a teen through becoming a music senstaion while raising a family and trying to keep them centered in a life of faith and devotion. It will pull at your heart and make you realize anything is possible with faith. He is a great man, father, and Christian. A Great biography all teens should have to read. I am adding it to my homeschool reading list for my teen.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed this book April 5, 2013
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The book very hard to put down! Easy to read and compelling.
Getting to see into Billy Ray Cyrus's heart and his family, all the hard work, adventures and motivations in his life was fascinating and gave me a lot of respect for him. It's full of lessons in being true to your heart, standing up for yourself, and never giving up.
Very inspirational.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Ray Cyrus Is The Real Deal April 29, 2013
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"Hillbilly Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus and Todd Gold takes us on a journey through Billy Ray's life. From his turbulent, broken home boyhood days through his rebellious prankster days up to the Billy Ray Cyrus of today.

Billy comes from a long line of men who hear voices telling them things. And when he heard a voice telling him get himself a guitar and form a band, well, what else could he do? Buy a left handed guitar!

His life story is one of ups and downs from deep down disappointments and over the top successes. Definitely an inspiring story that will have you singing his songs before the end of the book. If you aren't putting on a CD, downloading some Billy Ray Cyrus tunes, or searching for his videos on YouTube, well, you'd better call 911 and see if they have an achy breaky heart defibrillator to get you going!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good songwriter, but not a good story teller. April 23, 2013
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First of all, I like Billy Ray Cyrus. Take away all the hokey-pokey and
1990's mullet and you have a genuine salt-of-the-earth-guy who can sing
and write music. . . However, these good qualities don't add up to a worthy
memoir. His writing is clunky at best, and his tales don't have the depth
or zip to keep this well-meaning narrative moving along.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight from the heart. May 11, 2013
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BRC is a friend of mine from several years ago. I happened to know about a lot of the struggles he faced. He told it exactly like it was. I would encourage anyone who is an aspiring entertainer to read this book and learn that none of your dreams are impossible.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Billy Ray Tells His Story April 12, 2013
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For many Billy Ray Cyrus is either the mullet haired creation of the Nashville hit machine or the father of a famous (or perhaps infamous)teen pop star. As is the case with most folks, the truth is in the middle somewhere. "Hillbilly Heart" is Billy Ray's telling of his life and I must admit, I enjoyed this book a great deal. I read most country music autobiographies and wasn't expecting very much from this one, but I was wrong. Cyrus details his early years and early drive to be a musician. Thus we get a good deal about playing bars and music that the folks want to hear, even if it isn't always what you want to play. I enjoyed the section on his father's gospel quartet, and the story of the father-son relationship. Billy Ray also discusses the origins of some of his songs. He plumbs the issues with sudden fame, money, and the attendant problems. His side of the "Achy Breaky" story is here, including his decision to go with the song because of the reaction it got when he played it live in clubs. He also talks about Miley, career, and fame, but as a father. There is not much trash talk here and I like that. Cyrus tells his story well and it is a good read. Give it a chance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly great book!
Billy Ray is a very good writer, his book is full of honesty, true heartfelt emotions, patriotism, and a love for God.
Published 1 month ago by Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I love this book. Billy Ray tells his story as down home as can be. If you are a fan of his get this book. You will love it.
Published 1 month ago by MRoland
5.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING READ
Very interesting to read what his life has actually been like so far and what got him where he is. Parts showed that he is a parent and husband just like so many of us are and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judith Mcclure
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance. You won't be disappointed.
Soooo much better than I would've predicted. Very entertaining and surprising in a lot of ways. Thumbs up!
Published 2 months ago by D. Aguda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very enjoyable book, a fast read
Published 3 months ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just what my son wanted, delivery very quick considering it came all the way from America
Published 3 months ago by Nick Clayton
4.0 out of 5 stars Hillbilly Heart
Very good read, I enjoyed reading Billy Rays book about how he stayed true to his roots and family values.
Published 3 months ago by Thomas A. Skelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book
Published 3 months ago by sherry atchley
4.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
The author skips around a lot makes it harder to read otherwise it was ok.too much about smiley not enough about other family members
Published 3 months ago by Sandy Kautz
3.0 out of 5 stars Rosiesue
Loved this book! It was really interesting to read about Billy Ray Cyrus and family and that he gives God the credit for his success.
Published 4 months ago by Rosemarie Lord
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Hailing from small-town Kentucky, Billy Ray Cyrus is an American country music singer/songwriter who helped to make country music an international sensation. His album Some Gave All has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling debut album of all time for a solo male artist. In addition to his music career, Cyrus starred in the TV series Doc from 2001 to 2004 and co-starred in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana with his daughter Miley Cyrus.

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