BILLY RAY CYRUS ('HANNAH MONTANA') ANNOUNCES ON 'THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO' THAT HE IS THE NEW HOST OF NBC'S 'NASHVILLE STAR'
BURBANK - February 28, 2008 - While appearing on NBC's "The Tonight Show
with Jay Leno" last night (Wednesday, February 27) country music singer
and "Hannah Montana" star Billy Ray Cyrus announced that he will be the
new host of the hit music-competition series "Nashville Star" that is
scheduled to premiere on NBC this summer.
"This year it is all about the dream, about the music, about persistence
and never giving up faith. Putting the music first," said Cyrus from
the famed couch, "You know I've been to the fair and I've seen the bear
and I am really excited."
The multi-platinum singer songwriter, broke into the country music scene
in 1992 with his debut album Some Gave All, which sold more than nine
million copies. Since, Cyrus has released 10 albums and held multiple
chart toppers, including Could've Been Me and Busy Man. Recently he
earned a whole new fan base when he began starring with daughter Miley
Cyrus on the popular series "Hannah Montana." In October of 2007, Walt
Disney Records released his latest album, Home At Last, which features
the top 5 single -- a father-daughter duet -- "Ready, Set, Don't Go,"
that the two performed on last night's "Tonight Show." Cyrus is
currently writing material for his next studio album due out later this
summer. The father daughter team were also tapped to host the 2008 CMT
Awards on April 14.
Meanwhile, "Nashville Star" continues its national casting search on
March 8 with stops in the Los Angeles area, Washington, D.C., Austin and
Nashville. For casting information please visit www.nbc.com.
"Nashville Star" is the original grassroots talent search to find
America's next great country music star with the winner receiving a
major recording contract with Warner Bros. Nashville. The series is
created by Reveille and produced by 495 Productions. Ben Silverman,
Howard T. Owens ("American Gladiators"), Mark Koops ("The Biggest
Loser") and Sally Ann Salsano ("Design Star," "A Shot at Love with Tila
Tequila") serve as executive producers.
More information on "Nashville Star" can be found at www.nbc.com or
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" is from Big Dog Productions in
association with Universal Media Studios. Debbie Vickers is the