Co-Founder of the group DeGarmo & Key died from a ruptured blood clot on June 6th, 2010 his services were held June 10th in Tennessee where he was the pastor of a local church.
I grew up listening to the greats D&K, Petra, and others like them and I can tell you he will be greatly missed among the 30 something's that grew up on his music. Even after D&K quit performing I knew that anything he produced was good and worthwhile music bands link Big Tent Revival, Skillet, and Small Town Poets are just a few of the bands I bought just because he worked on them.
Eddie DeGarmo and Dana Key were grade school friends and knew that they were going to be in music. They started their first band in sixth grade. At 16 Dana Key was lead to Christ by no other than Eddie DeGarmo and that started the trend to Christian lyrics with a solid Rock beat. 1
In 1978 they recorded their first album under Lamb and Lion the label that Pat Boone created. They went on to produce 18 albums and both had several solo albums as well.
Eddie DeGarmo and Dana Key went on to co-found Forefront Records in 1987. Dana Key went on to start a Christian Division of Ardent Records.
Dana Key, a very influential leader in the early Contemporary Scene as a band, singer, songwriter; and later as a Producer and Executive Producer. The band was honored with 7 Grammy nominations and 17 Dove award nominations.
Dana Key (12-30-1953 to 6-6-2010)