Noah Cyrus and dad Billy Ray Cyrus team up for 'Noah (Stand Still)'

Noah Cyrus and dad Billy Ray Cyrus team up for ‘Noah (Stand Still)’

Noah Cyrus has teamed up with his father Billy Ray Cyrus for the first time in an emotional song about his recovery from addiction.

The song, called “Noah (Stand Still)”, is the newest single from his debut album, The hardest partwhich premiered on September 16. In the haunting tune, 22-year-old Noah reminisces about his struggles with recovery and depression while Billy Ray reminds his daughter of the good advice she gave him for overcoming it.

“When I turned 20, he got over me / With the thought that I might not turn 21,” he sings in the song. “Death at my door / If I took one more step.”

“As you get older, it gets harder to change / You may find yourself alone with your shame,” 61-year-old Billy Ray sings in response. “But it’s not over / It’s gonna be alright / And when times are tough / Remember what I say.”

The inspiration for the track, according to a press release, came after Noah’s visit to his father’s Nashville home during his early stages of recovery from Xanax addiction. There, Billy Ray reminded Noah to feel the earth beneath his feet, connect with nature and be still, a notion that has been passed down from generation to generation in his family.

Though “Noah (Stand Still)” marks the first time the father-daughter duo have worked together on a song, it’s not the first time Billy Ray has shared advice he has for Noah.

In March 2021, just before her first Grammy Awards ceremony, where she was nominated for best new artist, the duo sat down for an interview on Spotify. For the record podcast and shared the wise words Billy Ray had for her.

“You were a jockey, you rode horses and that was your thing. And then all of a sudden you started making music,” Billy Ray said on the podcast. “And I say, ‘She means it!’ And you started dedicating yourself to writing the best songs you could write and being the best musician you could be.”

“And I was sitting there saying, ‘That’s my Noie! That’s my Noie! Look at her! The dream is happening,'” he added.

Noah and Billy Ray have shared sweet feelings for each other on social media in the past. In October, the “Percocet” singer shared a TikTok showing a sweet montage of the duo spending time together and captioned the video, “I wish the days were longer.”

Following the song’s release, Billy Ray shared a cover photo on his social media. “So proud of @noahcyrus. You wrote a great song and gave an amazing performance,” he wrote. “I’m honored to join you guys on this heartwarming track. It drops at midnight EST. Check it out.”

In response, Noah, 22, commented: “The honor is mine Dad!!! So grateful to share this song I wrote about you daddy and daddy Cyrus…you are my hero and inspiration.. . I love you ❤️”.

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Next month, Noah will embark on the North American leg of his tour, in support of his debut album. Throughout the tour, the singer will make 23 stops in major cities across the country before wrapping up in Los Angeles on November 4.

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