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Before Keith Harris became the Grammy award-winning drummer, song-writer and producer for the Black Eyed Peas he humbly played drums for a church in Boston, making a four-hour drive each way from New York to participate.

What seemed like an unrealistic job to others was actually a divine assignment to prepare him for his future, Harris stated during a candid Q&A with Executive Director Touré Roberts at the Artist Resource Center in North Hollywood. He explained that he had to learn early not to compare his path to success with that of his friends who seemed to be doing better than he was.

“We feel like we have to be at a certain place in life at a certain time, but you have to enjoy the ride,” said Harris. “Do things because you love it and the money will follow. I love to play drums. Getting paid to do it is sugar on top!”
While faithfully serving as a musician for the church, the pastor approached Harris and asked him to take a pay cut. Harris was devastated by the suggestion, and he began to ask God to explain to him why this was happening. He took the situation to God in an earnest prayer and asked for revelation. A week later, Harris received a call from Printz Board, musical director with the Black Eyed Peas, inviting him to join the group for a three-month tour. The catch? He needed to learn 15 songs in a few days time. Suddenly the four-hour drives Harris spent memorizing music for the church would now be an asset he would use to learn the music in time for the tour. The three-month gig turned into eight years as the once little known group blossomed into the powerhouse that it is today.
“Where you are is where you need to be because it’s setting you up for where you need to go!” Harris explained to the audience of aspiring entertainers. “Stay faithful and you will receive that PLUS more.”
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