Meet Beaverton's newest country music reality TV star
It's an impressive triple play: From playing catcher at Sunset high school, to touring the world as a fashion model, to dropping singles as Nashville's newest country music reality TV star.
Starting tonight, Beaverton's Kerry Degman starts the next leg of that journey.
Degman grew up in Beaverton, attending Meadow Park Middle School and Sunset. Now he's married, has a kid of his own, and makes his TV debut in "Music City," 10 p.m. Pacific time, Thursday, March 1, on the CMT Network.
"Music City" is a reality TV show about five up-and-coming country performers trying to find the path to fame. It's the latest series from executive producer Adam DiVello, who has created "The Hills" and "Laguna Beach," in association with Lionsgate.
The cameras won't be focused solely on Degman, but also on his wife, Rachyl, and their 2-year-old son, Wolfgang, as well.
"It's weird, living your life with cameras following you around," Degman said from his home in Nashville. "That takes some getting used to."
Other cast members include an "all-American Southern belle" from Little Rock, Ark.; a fitness instructor and personal trainer; and a Los Angeles native who moved to Nashville to pursue her ambition of singing and writing country music, despite her family's doubts.
Degman was raised in Beaverton. His parents are Kerry Degman (not a senior), mother Leanne Boring and step-mother Linda Degman.
He left town in 2007 to play baseball at Clackamas Community College and then made the almost-unimaginable leap to modeling in New York, doing print and runway work for Abercrombie & Fitch, Hugo Boss, Armani and others.
The lifestyle meant flying constantly to places like Paris and London. Flying meant downtime, which Degman filled by returning to a high school hobby; playing his guitar.
He did that for three years, then moved to California to "spend my savings" and to start writing his own songs. He had enough success there to make the move to Nashville, the heart of the country music industry.
Timing is everything, and Degman is prepared to release his first single, "You're My Person," in sync with the debut of "Music City." The single will be available on iTunes and other similar services.
Click here for a promotional video for 'Music City.'
This story was edited to correct misidentifications in Degman's family.