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North Hagerstown grad releases CD with help from friend Parton

May 13, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- Jerry D, a saxophone player known locally as Jerry Doyle, got a little help from one of his Nashville friends recently when he made a CD.

The friend? Dolly Parton.

Doyle, who graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1979 and worked summers at the municipal swimming pool on Frederick Street, said he knew he made it when his songs started getting radio play about three years ago.

Doyle, named most musical by his high school class, was in Hagerstown recently to deliver copies of his latest CD, "Deseo," to Borders.

His mother, Catherine Doyle, who has lived in Hagerstown all of her life, said her son comes by his musical ability naturally. She said her husband played the trumpet and French horn, and Jerry's grandfather father played instruments. Doyle started showing an affinity for music when he was in elementary school, and he began music lessons in fourth grade, she said.

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He studied jazz music performance at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and later at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., Doyle said.

After college, he went into health care sales and neglected music as he became, "swallowed up in the corporate world," Doyle said in a recent interview.

"I believe you should really like what you do," he said. "I knew that I would make it."

Since he started working hard in the music business in 1995, Doyle has released three CDs.

After recording his first jazz record in Miami, he moved to Nashville to record with Parton. The first song on Doyle's latest recording is Parton's famous ballad, "I Will Always Love You." Parton offered to be part of the project and is featured on that track.

Doyle described his music as a cross between saxophonist Kenny G and singer Josh Groban.

Musicians from Miami Sound Machine are part of Doyle's band, he said. He will be performing at the Carolina Opry near Myrtle Beach, S.C., for three months, then filming a PBS special and going on a world tour through Asia, Italy and the United States.

Doyle made it in the music industry for two reasons, he said. First, he never played in bars, where it's impossible to create the illusion that you're something big, he said. And he always made sure the band he played with was better than him so they would bring him up to their level, Doyle said.

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