A true triple-threat, Emmy Award-winner Julianne Hough is known to audiences around the world for her success in the worlds of film, television and music. She became a household name as a two-time professional champion on ABC’s top-rated “Dancing with the Stars” before making a seamless transition to award-winning recording artist and accomplished actress. Her film credits include “Safe Haven” opposite Josh Duhamel, Diablo Cody’s "Paradise” with Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer, “Rock of Ages” with Tom Cruise and the 2011 remake of the classic movie musical, “Footloose.” In 2016, she fulfilled a lifelong dream, playing the role of Sandy in FOX Television’s critical and ratings hit, “Grease Live!,” which was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards, winning four, including Outstanding Special Class Program and the cast’s show-stopping performance of “You’re the One That I Want” won the MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Musical Moment. In 2014, Julianne and her brother, Derek, produced, co-directed and starred in MOVE Live on Tour, which sold out across North America, as did an all-new production in 2015. They hit the road again in 2017 with MOVE Beyond Live on Tour. She earned Emmy nominations in 2008 and 2009 for Best Choreography, winning the award in 2015 for choreographing, along with Derek and Tessandra Chavez, her and Derek’s memorable performance of Sia’s “Elastic Heart.” She returned to the “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom as a judge for three seasons in 2014-15 and Fall 2016 and the hit series’ 24th season in Spring 2017. She was a judge on season 14 of the hit NBC show, “America’s Got Talent” in 2019.
Julianne executive produced, and she and Derek hosted a family Thanksgiving special for Disney that aired on ABC, as well as “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration,” which was nominated for an Emmy. In May 2017, Julianne executive produced and co-hosted The Miss USA Competition for the second time. In December, Julianne and her brother, Derek, produced and headlined their own NBC Christmas special called “Holiday with the Houghs.” Julianne recently starred as Jolene in Netflix’s original anthology series, “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings,” and has appeared in Disney’s popular “Family Singalong” specials.
Julianne’s self-titled debut album, released by Universal Music Group Nashville in 2008, hit the Billboard Country charts at #1 and entered the Billboard 200 at #3, marking the highest debut for a country artist since 2006. Her first two singles from the album, “That Song in My Head” and “My Hallelujah Song,” soared up the country charts and she earned her first two 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards for Top New Female Vocalist and Top New Artist. Most recently, Julianne returned to music with her latest single “Transform,” which she debuted on the season finale of “America’s Got Talent.”
In addition to her performing career, Julianne is active in a wide range of philanthropic endeavors, charities and humanitarian efforts, including numerous causes and organizations that serve women and girls. She recently launched KINRGY, a movement experience inspired by the elements, which she led in sold-out engagements across with country as part of Oprah’s 2020 Vision tour. Through dance, breath work, and strength training, KINRGY focuses your mind, sculpts your body and ignites your life.
Julianne is also the founder of Canary House Productions. Canary House aims to dynamically impact lives through stories of transformation, self-discovery and identity with the mission to provide inspiring and diverse content about how to become our most authentic self, through unpredictable journeys.