An impromptu solo piano performance, in the lobby of the Regents Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1987, led to Carl Doy being heard and signed to a recording contract by Murray Thom, managing director of New Zealand's CBS office. His first album, Piano By Candlelight, was a phenomenal success, selling more than fifty thousand copies during its inaugural year. Doy continued to find success with his ultra-light approach to popular music. Accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, he recorded an all-instrumental, nine-CD, exploration of the music of Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Nat King Cole, Burt Bgacharach and Barbara Streisand. Securing the license to distribute the collection in North America, Time Life reported sales of more than three million copies in the United States.
Doy is the product of the Royal College of Music in London, graduating as an honors student in the mid-1980s.