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Sunday before he graduated high school. The next
day, he told his best friend that he had found Jesus.
“Well I didn’t know he was missing,” his best friend,
Dana Key, responded.
It was a typical exchange between the two—best
friends from first grade. Later that day, while
skipping school, Eddie witnessed to Dana the only
way he knew how...
“I think it was a very simple way of sharing my faith
because I’d only been a Christian for a few hours,”
remembers Eddie. “And Dana prayed to receive Christ
in a closet in our high school.”
Already members of a rock band, their new
found faith led them in a new direction that
was revolutionary and on the fringe of what was
acceptable in Christian music. Without question,
DeGarmo & Key were the ‘bad boys’ of Christian music.
n June 6, the Christian music community and
the world at large lost a legend. Dana Key, of
the revolutionary band, DeGarmo & Key, passed
away at the age of 56 from complications with
a blood clot. A pastor, husband and father, Dana
leaves behind a legacy of passion for God, for
music and for the church. Few artists have shaped
the world of Christian music quite as profoundly
as Dana. CCM had the privilege to sit down with
Eddie DeGarmo as he remembers his friend, his
partner and the other half of his own legacy.
When Eddie DeGarmo’s brother returned from
Vietnam he was a changed man. He had found Jesus.
Before long, Eddie had listened and learned enough
to buy into it and he also became a Christian the
Keys to the
Dana Key goes home