NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Following a passionate plea to get out the vote, Billy Ray Cyrus’ thought-provoking ballad (Country Rebel), “Goddess of Democracy,” surpasses one million views on YouTube and continues to pick up steam with version two featuring Tyler Hilton.
“Democracy Wins! On this given day, America isn’t just red and blue. It’s red, white and blue. Congratulations, America,” Cyrus said.
Cyrus’ latest accomplishment with “Goddess of Democracy” coincided with his activism to get Native American voters ID cards and raise awareness about the importance of voting.
It’s a monumental feat in the streaming and digital media era for Cyrus, who’s sold more than 20 million worldwide and still holds the record for having a debut album at No. 1 for 17 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. “Goddess of Democracy”
maintains Cyrus’ relevancy on YouTube with his massive catalogue of hits, with 100 million total views, including:
Goddess of Democracy
1 million views
Trail of Tears
1.5 million views
Wher’m I Gonna Live?
1.6 million views
Back to Tennessee
1.9 million views
Ready, Set, Don’t Go
3 million views
3.6 million views
Could’ve Been Me
3.7 million views
Some Gave All
She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore
5.2 million views
Butterfly Fly Away
19 million views
Achy Breaky Heart
48 million views
Cyrus appeared all over national television, including ABC News’ “The Briefing Room” and CNN’s HLN “On the Story,” to discuss his passion to get out the vote. Just days before the election, Cyrus visited North Dakota where he performed for a packed house at Turtle Mountain Tribal Community College. Actor Mark Ruffalo and native entertainers joined Cyrus while tribal council staff provided four machines on site to make new identification cards for those who did not have street addresses on their IDs. Overall, officials said more than 2,000 new voters are registered in this election.
Cyrus released “Goddess of Democracy” as the first track off his new album, The SnakeDoctor Circus, set for release in 2019.
“Cyrus’ thought-provoking ballad washes fluidly over current events of the day, allowing listeners to formulate their own questions, fears, and misgivings about the state of our great nation. No matter your affiliation, the lyrics and interspersed allusions to religious icons are bound to bring images to mind, most likely different ones for every single person. That’s just the nature of the song. No doubt as you listen to this you’ll have a list of events of your own that come forward. That’s the power Billy Ray Cyrus unleashes.”
“The song’s earnest growl, driving piano-based arrangement and on-topic lyrics bring home the song’s timely message.”
-Laura Whitmore, Parade
“His vocals are rich and raspy, and it has a haunting effect on the listener. The harmonica instrumentation on there is an added bonus, which compliments Cyrus’ rousing songwriting abilities. Listeners will be drenched in a wide spectrum of raw emotions.”
-Markos Papadatos, Digital Journal
About Billy Ray Cyrus:
Billy Ray Cyrus continues captivating audiences with his distinctive vocal style and charismatic stage presence. Throughout the course of nearly three decades, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, Kentucky native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album charts at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” became a phenomenon as the single went multi-platinum. Some Gave All also went on to sell 9 million copies. Along the way, Cyrus charted 35 singles, 16 of which are Top 40 hits, including “Could’ve Been Me,” “Where’m Gonna Live When I Get Home,” “She’s Not Cryin,” “Some Gave All,” “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” and many more. Cyrus has also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in “Doc” and “Still The King,” as well as the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley Cyrus. This fall, Cyrus will release his new album, The SnakeDoctor Circus, a collaboration with legendary, all-star musicians, including Muscle Shoals Swampers, Don Von Tress and many more.
For more information on Billy Ray Cyrus and his upcoming projects, visit BillyRayCyrus.com.