NSAI COFFEE BREAK: BILLY RAY CYRUS

Billy Ray Cyrus is a prolific songwriter, artist, and actor. He started his career recording his first album, Some Gave All at The Music Mill. He visited NSAI in the last month to film promo pieces for his 16th studio album out today titled The Snake Doctor Circus. He shared his journey collaborating with long-time friend and co-writer Don Von Tress on the long anticipated project. In this episode we talk success, writing with honesty, and the value he has found in the NSAI community. And of course we talk the global viral phenomenon, “Old Town Road."  Billy Ray shares the advice he gave Lil Nas X in the creative process of bringing the remix to the #1 spot in the world. Watch the full interview below or listen on Apple Podcasts.

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I spent 3rd and 4th grade in Flatwoods, KY (where Billy is from), one of my teachers was one of his childhood friends and the girls of course went nuts lol, I thought it was pretty cool. My stepdad was friends with the keyboardist (early 90s anyway), and he never let me forget it lol. Billy was a huge celebrity in that town, and to see him so humble after all these years is great and inspiring. My brother is also a musician and when I picked up the guitar, he told me to always be honest, cool to hear Billy reverberating the same sentiment.