Julianne Hough At Grand Ole Opry
A true triple threat, Julianne Hough has taken America by storm with her dancing, singing, and acting. Born into a family of dance, all four grandparents and both parents were ballroom dancers; she was destined to succeed in the world of dance along with her brother, Derek. She began dancing competitively at age nine before receiving the opportunity to study to study performing arts in London under the supervision of dance coaches, Corky and Shirley Ballas. The opportunity paid off because at 15, Hough became the youngest dancer, and only American, to win both Junior World Latin Champion and International Latin Youth Champion. Deciding that she had accomplished a big goal, she returned to the United States to finish high school like a normal teenager.
In 2007, after graduating high school, Hough was invited to join the Dancing with the Stars cast. She went on to win two seasons of the show before taking a hiatus to focus on mastering music.
In 2008, she released her self-titled debut album under the Mercury Nashville label, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums Chart. The album featured the hits, “That Song in My Head” and “My Hallelujah Song.” That year she won the Academy of Country Music’s “Top New Female Vocalist” award and the “Top New Artist” award solidifying her musical ambitions.
Finally, Hough decided to dominate the silver screen. She has appeared in Burlesque, Footloose, Rock of Ages, and Safe Haven. She scored the lead in Footloose and rocked the chance to show off her triple threat skills.
In 2010, Hough released “Is That So Wrong,” to country radio with the promise to follow-up with an album. She expressed that she regretted not writing any of the tracks on the first album and she wanted to dedicate more time to the second.