Dana Key became a household name for an entire generation of young people in the 80′ and 90’s. He met his best friend, keyboardist Eddie DeGarmo, in the first grade, and together, they toured the world as DeGarmo & Key. Dana worked with, toured and opened for such major Christian Rock bands as Petra, Amy Grant, REZ Band, and dc Talk. Dana also released two solo albums.
Dana is a direct descendant (great-great-great-great-great-great grandson) of the famous Francis Scott Key, author of The Star-Spangled Banner.
He served as the head of Ardent Records, hosted a TV show, and mentored a number of young musicians.
More than a musician – and he was an phenomenon! – he was a Bible teacher with the heart of an evangelist. He wanted the gospel presented clearly, accurately, frequently.
And, Dana Key was my friend.
I don’t think I shall ever forget the day he sat in my office and shared that he believed God was calling him to be a pastor – actually, to launch a church. I laid my hands on him, prayed for him, led our church to encourage and partner with him. With our blessing, Dana and the large Sunday School class he taught, left to launch TLC – the Love of Christ Church.
I had a call just after midnight tht Dana had enterd the presence of Jesus. We lost a warrior. He entered the loving presence of the One for whom he named his church and of whom he spoke and sang so often.
We pray peace for Anita and his family and TLC and his many friends.