I became an overnight sensation in 2006 as the star of Hannah Montana, a popular Disney Channel television series whose success allowed me to launch my own recording career several years later. Overnight popularity wasn't a new thing for my family; My's father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, went from obscurity to stardom in a few short months in 1992, when "Achy Breaky Heart" became a crossover hit. The success of "Achy Breaky Heart" was hardly the only memorable event for Billy Ray that year, though, as he and his wife welcomed their daughter Destiny Hope Cyrus (me) into the world on November 23, 1992. My cheerful disposition as a child earned me the nickname Smiley, which stuck when it was shortened to Miley.
My career as a professional actress began in 2003, when I appeared alongside my father in an episode of the television series Doc. The same year,I landed a small role in the Tim Burton film Big Fish. I had also developed an interest in writing songs and learning how to sing, and in 2005, I landed a role that allowed me to put my skills in acting and music to work. I was cast the title role of Hannah Montana, in which I played a teenage girl leading a double life: by day, I'm Miley Stewart, an ordinary kid dealing with school, friends, siblings, and all the other foibles of life for a 14-year-old, while at night I wear a wig and become Hannah Montana, a multi-platinum pop star whose career is guided by her dad, songwriter Robby Stewart. Miley's friends don't know I'm also Hannah, however, and keeping this a secret is no simple matter. After debuting in March 2006, Hannah Montana became an immediate success with young viewers and led to the release of a soundtrack CD in October, featuring Me singing eight songs from the show along with five related tracks (including a duet with my father, Billy Ray, on "I Learned from You").
That fall, I hit the road as the opening act for another Disney-spawned pop act, the Cheetah Girls. A reissue of the Hannah Montana album followed in March 2007, not long after the show's theme song, "The Best of Both Worlds," was released as a single. A second Hannah Montana record, Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, was released in summer 2007. That fall, I embarked on the Best of Both Worlds tour, which stretched into early 2008 and was edited into The Best of Both Worlds Concert film, which was released that spring. By then, I was busy recording Breakout, my first full-fledged album as myself, as well as shooting Hannah Montana: The Movie, which was slated for release the following year.
Breakout arrived in summer 2008. It topped the Billboard charts and quickly went platinum, paving the way for an even more successful year in 2009. Hannah Montana: The Movie was released that March and peaked at number one, while the soundtrack's lead single -- a country-pop ballad called "The Climb" -- became one of the year's most omnipresent songs, giving me my first multi-platinum hit. A short album, The Time of Our Lives, arrived several months later and yielded another hit with "Party in the U.S.A.," which charted inside the Billboard Top Ten for 16 weeks. I performed the song on the "Wonder World Tour," my first international tour, and I also found time to film another movie, The Last Song, which hit theaters this year. With acting assuming such a large role in my life, I announced my decision to take a hiatus from music -- but not before the release of her third album, Can't Be Tamed, which appeared this summer.