Alumnus ApologetiX Drummer Wins National Award
Mon., Jan. 9. 2006 12:20pm EST
We're pleased to announce that ApologetiX alumnus drummer Keith Harrold has once again been named National Salesman of the Year by Word Records (a division of Warner Brothers), one of the three major labels in Christian music.
A field sales rep serving 12 states (Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and all of New England), Keith has worked for Word for 22 years. This is the sixth time he has won the company's national award. He has also won their Regional Salesman of the Year award six other times.
Although his schedule never permitted him to be our full-time drummer, Keith filled in for us at various times from 1993-2000, when our regular drummers couldn't make it to a particular concert and after each of our first three full-time drummers (Jeff, Rick, and Bob) left the band.
Keith played drums on our "Isn't Wasn't Ain't" CD (back then it was just a cassette) in 1993 and also played on three tracks on our "Keep the Change" CD in 2001: "Daniel," "Cheap Birds," and "The Ballad of Jesus & Yahweh."
An integral part of the Christian music scene for over 25 years, Keith was also a founding member of The New Beginning (a.k.a. "The New Beginning Band" and "The Newbs"), one of Western Pennsylvania's first and most popular Christian rock bands in the 1980's. That band reunited as the Paradise Club Band from 1991-94, playing monthly concerts at the Paradise Club in Irwin PA, the place where ApologetiX played its first concert and built its fan base from 1992-94. And that's where we also first met Keith.
"Music is my life," Keith is fond of saying. If so, he's had a pretty successful life. But that's not all; he's also a devoted husband, a father of three talented young adults, and an active member in his local church.
In addition to his drumming, Keith has blessed ApologetiX many times over the years with guidance and advice based on his knowledge of the Christian recording industry. He is incredibly funny, fiercely loyal, and wildly popular ... a friend in need and a friend indeed. Congratulations, Keith!