Jared Key has always drummed to the beat of his heart.
From third grade on, music came alive for the Milton-Freewater man through the joy of snare drums. Key played in school, in church and any other venue he could.
Passion is beginning to bring home a paycheck. Key's band, The Neverclaim, has recently signed with an agent, the same company that represents Third Day.
Like that Grammy-winning Christian band, The Neverclaim voices praise to the Lord in its the songs, mostly original work, Key said.
According to the band's website, its name comes from a desire "to lose claim of our lives and surrender our purpose to God," said lead singer and songwriter Jeremiah Carlson.
"It's a reminder that nothing we have is ours -- it's all given from the Lord," Key echoed.
The Portland-based band has been together four years and is approaching an exciting milestone. "We all work daytime jobs, and at the end of this month everyone will be done. In June we'll be full time with the band," he explained, "On the road, seeing how far it can go."
So far, arrows are pointing forward. The band has an ambitious tour schedule and has opened for bigger bands, gaining a growing fan base. "Our music is fairly broad," appealing to a wide spectrum of fans, Key said. "We play the youth stuff, but the kids' parents end up being able to connect to the music.
This summer will be filled with a number of week-long events for the musicians, he pointed out. Before all that, however, The Neverclaim is coming to Key's hometown to present a free concert at McLoughlin High School, 120 S. Main St., at 7 p.m. on Friday.
"We've been wanting to do something where we come back and give back," the drummer said. "It's been on my heart for a long time."
For more information go to www.theneverclaim.com.