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The following interview is with Lasanna "Ace" Harris. We both currently attend the same Church, International Christian Fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia which is father, Dr. William B. Harris is the Pastor/Founder. Lasanna started playing the drums in the church at an early age and into adulthood. He was part of a Christian rap band and currently produces beats and music for recording artists. I asked Lasanna for an interview to get his thoughts on the challenges of making it as a Christian or even non-Christian in the music industry today.


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Stafford:

Hello Lasanna! You started playing the drums at ICF at a young age; And for the most part you were the main drummer during the Church services. Explain exactly how you were selected or given that role at ICF.

Lasanna Ace Harris:

I basically had a knack for music at a young age. I used to watch the drummer at the time play during services and it really inspired me. When he left I sort of inherited the role!

Stafford:

Okay I think you were under 12 years old when you started playing the drums, correct? So let’s move a couple years forward. All of the sudden you are now in College (Georgia State University). I even ran into you at GSU when I was also taking a few courses there. At that time, were you contemplating being in a music group? Was this where your group PK (Preacher’s Kid) was formed?

Lasanna Ace Harris:

By the time I had got to college I was already making beats and creating music but just on a smaller scale. I knew I had the passion to produce music but didn't really know how far I would take it. I Indefinitely didn't see myself being an artist though at the time. The name of my former band is PK ONEDAY and it stands for Promises Kept One Day but originally the PK did stand for Preacher Kids which was our first name.

Stafford:

Okay thanks for making that clear. Like anything in life, if you are going to succeed at it, it’s going to take some effort and hard work on your part. James Allen, in his book 'As A Man Thinketh' made this quote “They do not see the trials and failures and struggles which these men have voluntarily encountered in order to gain their experience; have no knowledge of the sacrifices they have made, of the undaunted efforts they have put forth, of the faith they have exercised, that they might overcome the apparently insurmountable, and realize the Vision of their heart.” How does this quote relate to you in your journey of being an artist/producer? ?

Lasanna Ace Harris:

This quote pretty much sums of my journey and my struggles along the way. The results of success are very attractive and appealing. The sacrifice and dedication to achieve the success, not so much. Everybody wants to be great, but nobody wants to do what greatness requires. I've had to learn this hard lesson along the way. Through faith and hard work I'm still standing and still pushing.

Stafford:

I was listening to talk radio and someone mentioned that this generation, the Millennials are also called the “free generation”. With Youtube and other platforms, people are able to listen to what they want basically for free, which does not help the Artist. Some Artists are complaining that people are not buying their music because it is so easy to get free access to it. What is your thought on this issue and what are Artists doing or can do to prevent this?

Lasanna Ace Harris:

It's definitely a different time. People are growing accustomed to not having to pay for music. That's a harsh reality for us creatives; However, at the same time, music consumption is at an all time high. That means there is plenty of opportunity for entrepreneurship and unique ways of creatives to deliver their music to fans directly. I think this is important as well as labels and streaming services finding a better way to compensate the talent while fans are basically listening for free.

Stafford:

In the middle of this interview, you found out that you were part of a team that worked on a Rap/Hip Hop album (Anomaly) that was nominated for the Dove Award, which honors outstanding achievements and excellence in Christian Music. First, Congratulation! How many of these awards and similar one have you been nominated for and what work did you do on this particular project?

Lasanna Ace Harris:

I have been blessed to receive two Dove Awards. One for Hip Hop/Rap album of the year for my work on Lecrae's Rehab: The Overdose. And one for Hip Hop/Rap song of the year for producing KB's song "100." The one I'm nominated for this year is for producing a song in Lecrae's album "Anomaly." The song I did on there is called "Runners". His album is up for Hip Hop/Rap album of the year.

Stafford:

Well that’s wonderful, and I wish you more success down the road. I know that you started in the church like many other entertainers. What is it about Church in general that most people seem to get their start there, and how important do you think it is to have a solid foundation in the things of God before branching to other areas of entertainment or other endeavors in life?

Lasanna Ace Harris:

For me the church was a natural foundation because of my father and being the Pastor's Son and all. But I do feel like my faith in God is what informs every area in my life. That's where I get my identity, not from my profession, or the accolades I've been blessed to receive. My identity and strength comes from Christ so once I started to realize and truly live that out every other area in my life began to fall into place. I think if people secure their relationship with God first they will be equipped to navigate the murky areas of life, regardless of the industry.

Stafford:

Lasanna, thanks for the interview and much success with your path in life. You work a lot with the youth. What final words of wisdom would you like to leave with them and all others listening and viewing this Interview?

Lasanna Ace Harris:

Passion. Purpose. Potential. Practice. Find out what you're passionate about, seek God to makes sure you purpose to do it, and have the potential to be great at it. And then practice daily until you are so, one day promises are kept! Promises Kept One Day. PK ONEDAY!


Stafford:

****Lasanna Ace Harris information and a music can found at: www.PKoneday.com****