Kara Cyrus is a singer, actress and songwriter. Born on December 20, 1987, she is the daughter of famous country singer Jake Cyrus, and the goddaughter of Country Music Hall of Fame artist Robert Dowell. She first rose to fame after appearing in the television sitcom Keepin' It Reel in 2001. In 2002, she released her debut single "See You Again", which quickly climbed the charts in numerous countries. Her eponymous debut album continued this success, debuting at number 2 in the US and selling over 3.7 million copies worldwide. Her second album, Miles to Go, was released the following year and became her first number one album in the US, going on to sell over 3.5 million copies worldwide. It spawned the hit single "The Climb", which reached number one in over 15 countries.
Following the success of her first two studio albums, Cyrus began working on her third, slated for a 2005 release. The lead single from the project, titled "Party In the U.S.A.", was released that year and became her second number one single in the US. Her third album, Breakout, premiered at number one in numerous countries worldwide, and has become her most successful album to date, selling over 15 million copies worldwide. It spawned seven singles in total, four of which peaked at number one in various countries. Cyrus released her fourth studio album, Can't Be Tamed, in 2006, and it became her third US number one album. It went on to sell over seven million copies worldwide, and spawned four successful singles. Following disagreements with her record label, Cyrus made her own label, and subsequently released her first EP, The Backyard Sessions, on the new label in 2008. Cyrus has announced that her fifth studio album will be released in early 2013.
Kara Miley Cyrus was born on December 20, 1987 to Jenna and Jacob "Jake" Cyrus in Memphis, Tennessee. Kara has an older brother, Jason, who is also a singer and actor. Due to her father being a famous country singer, the Cyrus family was frequently traveling on the road, thus Kara was home schooled throughout elementary school. Kara has often cited her father's traveling as a factor in her decision to persue music and acting, stating "Watching him perform on stage just made me happy, and I realized that I wanted that to be my life when I got older." She performed covers of songs at various churches and family events when she was younger, while her father helped her grow as an artist. When she was 12 years old, her father allowed her to come on stage and sing a cover version of the Shania Twain song "Come on Over", something Cyrus listed as "one of the best moments of [her] life."
Following the performance, it was reported that Kara was in talks to sign with Smashville Records, who had signed with her father at the beginning of his career. Later in 2001, however, it was confirmed that Cyrus had opted not to sign with the label, as she hoped to persue a career in the pop music industry. It was later reported that she was in talks with Umpire Records to sign a two album deal, but her father later shot down this rumor on his official website. It was confirmed in 2001 that Cyrus had signed a one album deal with Blackout Records, and work on her debut album would begin later that year. While working on the album and appearing in numerous episodes of Keepin It Reel, Cyrus was tutored and eventually graduated from high school at the age of 15 due to the home schooling and tutoring. She would later begin college when she was 20 years old.
2002-04: Musical debut, Miles to Go, and film debutEdit
In 2001, Cyrus began seriously considering a career in the entertainment business, and began auditioning for roles in various films and television series'. In February of 2001, it was confirmed that she had landed a guest starring role in the television sitcom Keepin' It Reel, with Cyrus being featured in the third season. She portrayed Alex Love in four episodes of the season, a love interest for main character Ryan. While working on the series, she was heavily at work on her debut album, which she described as having a "bubblegum pop" yet "rock" feel to it. Her father also stated that he was present for all of the recoding sessions, and described the album as being very "age appropriate." It was also stated that the main goal of the album would be to attract both younger and older audiences, as they felt that Cyrus could best connect with a younger audience than their other acts.
In 2002, it was announced that Cyrus had finished working on her debut album, and would be releasing a single at a later date. The lead single from the album, titled "See You Again", was released on February 10, 2002 for both digital download and radio airplay. The single immediately caught on, and was the most requested song for numerous weeks in various parts of the country. Following the instant success of the single, the label began getting Cyrus more performing jobs on various television shows and clubs, which helped the single reach the Top 10 in the United States, as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom. Her debut album, Kara Cyrus, was released that March to a mixed critical reception. It was, however, positively received by fans, and debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 86,000 copies in its first week of release. It was eventually certified Platinum in the US, for sales exceeding one million copies. The album continued to have success, and went on to sell over 3 million copies worldwide. A second single, "Start All Over", was released, but failed to have the success of her previous single.
Now that Cyrus had made herself a household name, it was announced that work on her second studio album had already begun, as well as the fact that she would be touring around the country. She toured on her father's Back to Tennessee tour for a month in August of 2002 before embarking on her Start All Over Tour throughout September and October in the US and Canada. Both tours were successful, prompting the label to extend the Start All Over Tour throughout the month of November. Cyrus' performance on the tour received mixed reviews, with some critics making note of the lip-synching that occured during certain segments on the tour. A representative for Cyrus confirmed that she did lip-synch during certain parts of certain songs, but that "95% of the tour is Cyrus' live vocals." Cyrus herself later addressed this issue in an interview, stating "It's so difficult to be moving around so much and sing well, so for certain parts of the tour I need a little help. It doesn't make me a bad singer by any means."
In December of 2002, Cyrus confirmed that the lead single from her upcoming album would be released on New Years Day, and that it would be titled "Dream." Despite this statement, no single surfaced until January 3, when the single was released for radio airplay and digital download. "Dream" featured a more acoustic and country sound, and she later confirmed that the rest of the album featured elements of country and rock music. The song received positive critical reviews, but failed to have much commercial success. To promote her new country sound, Cyrus collaborated with her godfather Robert Dowell on his song "Ready, Set, Don't Go", which was released a single from his ninth studio album later in January. Her second studio album, titled Miles to Go, was released that February to generally positive reviews. The album sold 171,000 copies in its first week of release, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200. It went on to sell over 3.2 million copies worldwide, and received a Platinum certification from the RIAA. Despite this, it is her lowest selling studio album to date.
The second single from the album, "The Climb", was released in May to much critical praise. The single immediately became a commercial success, debuting inside the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. With the single quickly rising up the charts, Cyrus began heavily promoting it through live performances and interviews, only fueling the single's success. It went on to become her first number one single in the US, as well as in over 15 countries worldwide. It was certified 4x Platinum in the US, making it her most successful single there to date. It has went on to become one of Cyrus' best known songs, and is credited by critics as being the single that "helped Cyrus achieve ultimate stardom." Following the success of the single, Cyrus began touring on her Miles to Go Tour throughout July to December of 2003. The tour was a commercial and critical success, and saw Cyrus using more live vocals than on her first tour.
2005-07: Breakout and Can't Be TamedEdit
2008-11: Focus on acting and collaborationsEdit
2012-present: Fifth studio albumEdit
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Main article: Kara Cyrus discography