Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Hey Elvis” music video premiere

Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Hey Elvis” 
music video exclusive Premiere
on “CMT Hot 20 Countdown” on June 4 and 5

Track available for download via Amazon.com and US iTunes on June 3




































(Nashville, Tenn. – June 2, 2016) –  The official music video for Billy Ray Cyrus'"Hey Elvis" exclusively world premiered on “CMT Hot 20 Countdown” this Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. 
Following its debut, the video will be available on CMT Music, CMT.com and CMT Mobile.
“Hey Elvis” features Cyrus in what he describes as an, “’Elvis’ Where Art Thou” theme.

Cyrus fell in love with the track, written by Bryan Adams and Gretchen Peters, nearly twenty years ago. This gritty rock rendition combines the unique forces of Cyrus, Adams, and the legendary “The Voice Of Rock,” Glenn Hughes.
Hughes, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple on April 8th, provided a fresh influence on the song’s latest version. 

Lyric Video





The bookend track appeared on Cyrus’ SOUTHERN RAIN album (Amazon UK | iTunes) released 12 Oct 2000

In a recent statement about collaborating with Hughes, Cyrus stated, “He not only solidifies a magic pocket in the groove with his bass, but also injects the voice of rock onto the backend of the song.” 

Cyrus is quick to highlight the importance behind his admiration for Elvis’ musical footprint. In 1992, the iconic Johnny Cash sent a letter to Cyrus recognizing the career parallel between Elvis and Cyrus in which he wrote: “Thirty-six years ago I was working with Elvis and saw him take the same kind of flak you’re taking now. Congratulations on the way you’re handling it all. In your case, as in Elvis’, the good outweighs the bad. Let ’em have it. I’m in your corner.” 

To this day, still inspired by Cash’s words, Cyrus prepares to release new material this fall in which “Hey Elvis” will be included.

The tribute to Elvis continues with the launch of “Still The King,” CMT’s new scripted comedy starring Cyrus, debuting Sunday, June 12 at 9pm, ET/PT. Cyrus stars as “Burnin’” Vernon Brown, a one-hit-wonder country artist who emerges decades later as an Elvis impersonator. After a drunken accident into a church sign, Brown is sentenced to perform community service for the church as part of his parole. He pretends to be the congregation's new minister in attempt to reconnect with a former one-night-stand (Joey Lauren Adams), when he learns he has a 15-year-old daughter (Madison Iseman) he's never met.


“Hey Elvis” was made available for download via digital outlets Amazon.com and US iTunes on Friday, June 3rd.

For more information on “Still The King” visit CMT and follow “Still the King” on Facebook.


Billy Ray Cyrus as Vernon Brown, Aka “Burnin’ Vernon,” described by CMT 
as a scandal-ridden washed up one-hit wonder who is kicked out of country music, 
only to emerge 20 years later as the second best Elvis impersonator.


























ABOUT BILLY RAY CYRUS 
  • The multi GRAMMY-nominated BILLY RAY CYRUS is an American country and rock musician and songwriter who has sold more than 25 million albums internationally
  • He has also had three No. 1 hit singles.
  • Over the course of 12 studio albums since 1992, Cyrus has earned nearly 30 chart singles, including 15 Top 40 hits. 
  • Cyrus has also received major music awards including American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards.
  • His most successful album to date is the debut of SOME GAVE ALL (released May 19, 1992 and included his breakthrough smash hit song "Achy Breaky Heart"), which has been certified 9× multi-platinum in the United States and marked the longest time spent by a debut artist at number one on the Billboard 200 (17 consecutive weeks) and most consecutive chart-topping weeks in the SoundScan era.
  • Over the last decade, Cyrus has established himself as a successful musician, actor in TV and film, performing in lead roles such as the title character of the PAX-TV series “Doc” and as Robby Ray Stewart, the father of daughter Miley Cyrus’ fictional character in the smash Disney Channel series “Hannah Montana.”
  • A developer of the hit TV series “Surprise Homecoming” on TLC, Cyrus had multiple TV projects in development.
  • In 2013 alone, he released his thirteenth studio album CHANGE MY MIND (Blue Cadillac Music; #38 peak Billboard Top Country albums), a best-sellingmemoir Hillbilly Heart and performed on Broadway in Chicago in the beloved role of Billy Flynn. 
  • NPR noted of his memoir Hillbilly Heart “There’s something very refreshing about Billy Ray Cyrus’ new memoir Hillbilly Heart It’s not just that he’s candid about being, at many points throughout his life, a headstrong jerk, or, as he puts it, a ‘heathen,’ an imperfect man.”– John Rabe.
  • With the release of “Hope Is Just Ahead” a duet with the legendary singer Dionne Warwick and a new album project in the works Billy showed no signs of slowing down back in 2014.
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