Billy Ray Cyrus on raising daughters who stand up for what they believe in

Wendy Geller
Senior Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

Billy Ray Cyrus has captivated audiences with his distinctive vocal style and charismatic stage presence over nearly three decades, achieving worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor, and producer. The Flatwoods, Kentucky native is a bonafide music icon and has exemplified how Nashville’s take on the music business changed for country artists.

He also, of course, is the father to a musical family, with his daughters Miley and Noah being current standouts in the pop sphere. During a visit to New York City, Cyrus sat down with BUILD Series to discuss his new album, Set The Record Straight, as well as raising children who are musically schooled and adept individuals.

The Grammy-nominated singer told the audience that he recorded one particular song called “Stand” with Miley when she was just a teenager — but that she had a lot of soul in her for a young age.

“From a very, very young girl, [Miley] had influences around her such as Carl Perkins, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, George Jones. The list goes on and on. Miley absorbed a lot of that — Noah, too. They absorbed the influences that would be coming in and out of our house to play music. ‘Stand’ is a song she sang with me, she might have been 13, and it’s about stand for what you believe in and stand for all that is right. Be the change you want to see.

“In our world now, this song feels like it’s just really got something to say at this time. God’s timing is is always perfect, and I feel like this song was kind of saved for this moment. You look at Miley — she does stand for what she believes in. I’m really proud of her for that.”

Cyrus also revealed that, in the spirit of “standing up for what’s right,” he’s offering a free download of his of the remake of his hugely successful song “Some Gave All” – dedicated to veterans who served for our country. You can access that here.

Watch the full interview with Cyrus below:

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