Bits & Pieces
Degman on CMT
From the Beaverton Valley Times:
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.
Beaverton's Kerry Degman has started 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 made his TV debut in "Music City" 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 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, Arkansas.; 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 grew up in Beaverton, went to 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.
Lincoln High School was the first school to announce its Rose Festival princess on Monday (Update: Lux Preciado-Solis was named princess). Announcements for the 13 other princesses will continue through March 22. Each member of the Rose Festival Court will receive a $3,500 scholarship provided by The Randall Group.
The queen will be crowned June 9.
The remaining princess announcements: Jefferson, 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, March 6; Grant (at Marshall Campus), 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 7; St. Mary's Academy, 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8; David Douglas, 9 a.m. Friday, March 9; Roosevelt, 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 12; Madison, 3:30 p.m. March 13; Franklin, 3:30 p.m. March 14; Wilson, 3:30 p.m. March 15; Cleveland, 3 p.m. March 19; Benson, 10:30 a.m. March 20; Metro East/West (at Rose Villa's Performing Arts Center, 13505 S.E. River Road), 2 p.m. March 21; Parkrose, 3 p.m. March 22.
To stay up to date on Rose Festival princesses, see www.rosefestival.org.
A spinoff from the teen drama "Pretty Little Liars" will be filmed in Portland and Forest Grove, March 12-30.
A casting call for extras has taken place for "The Perfectionists," based on the book by Sara Shepard. I. Marlene King is the executive producer; she also developed "Pretty Little Liars."
Extras will be paid, and they're asked to go through website www.abitextracasting.com/theperfectionists. For more info, see A Bit Extra Casting's Facebook page.
Multnomah County Library branches joined the million-download book club last week as Portland-area readers borrowed more than 1 million ebooks and audiobooks.
OverDrive, a digital reading platform used by most libraries around the country, said Multnomah County library patrons checked out 1.8 million digital books in 2017, pushing up the county library system's digital growth by 28 percent.
The downloads mean the Multnomah Library system is No. 9 in the top 58 libraries worldwide for lending at least 1 million digital books (No. 8 in the United States), according to OverDrive.