Doug Saleeby of the musical entertainment
duo, Hudson & Saleeby, was born and raised in Statesville, NC.
When Doug's parents heard him
in the basement picking out songs on the piano - both hands -
by ear - at age 4, they took notice. "Ed, isn't he too young
for lessons?" Doug's mom asked his dad. Those questions went
on for another year, as did the piano playing. They started his
weekly lessons at age 5. The teacher had to really be careful
not to give him too much information. If she would play the song
he was supposed to learn, he would go home and play it by ear
and never look at the notes. It took the teacher a little while
to catch on to this and soon put him on the right track. But playing
by ear and by the chords was always his love even though he studied
the music of Beethoven, Chopin, and all the greats. Playing pop
music by the chords and by ear was always what captured his heart.
Doug went to the University
of North Carolina at Charlotte to become an architect. After a
year of that... and no sleep, Doug changed his major to Music.
During that time at UNCC, Doug
Saleeby was introduced to fellow classman Chris Hudson. In University
Chorale practice one day, the soprano sitting between them introduced
them to each other. Deborah said, "Hey Doug, you should hear
this guy on my other side sing, he's pretty good". So, they
got to know each other and when they graduated, drove out to Las
Vegas to see what the entertainment business was all about.....
....and the rest is history....