Billy Ray Cyrus was basically written off at country radio in the early part of this decade. Undeterred, Billy Ray continued to record albums and found success on the small screen as the star of the TV series "Doc" and, since 2005, as the father of Disney's Hannah Montana. With the unprecedented success of Hannah Montana and the star being shining on Billy's daughter Miley, country radio gave Billy another shot with the single "Ready Set, Don't Go." Released through Walt Disney Records, that single became a Top 10 hit and gave Billy Ray another shot at country music stardom. Now transferred over to the Disney-owned country label Lyric Street Records, Billy Ray is back with the first single from his upcoming album.
Written By Neal Thrasher and Craig Wiseman, "Somebody Said A Prayer" finds Cyrus soaring vocally while the layerd production backs him up. Fans of softer country production may not like the 'bombastic' elements of this song all that much because it seems as if it is overshadowing or compte Billy Ray but it's a technique that's been used in pop/christian markets for ages. The lyrics are heartfelt and are right on par with songs like Emerson Drive's "Moments" and Eric Durrance's "Angels Fly Away" (which Wiseman also co-wrote). If Billy Ray Cyrus was looking at sustaining his music career with "Somebody Said A Prayer," Billy Ray has certainly delivered a song that will do just that. It's a song that will please his fans and is likely to make him new ones (especially when it crosses over to the contemporary Christian music market).