Pianist Joel Raney in concert
Joel Raney started playing the piano sometime between learning to walk and learning to read. His taste for gospel music began in a rural Baptist church in Alabama, an influence that shows strongly in his work to this day. Since 1999 he has taken the church music scene by storm, with over 200 titles in print, primarily with Hope Publishing where he serves as Editor.
In addition to publishing with Hope, Joel’s work can be found in the catalogs of Heritage Press, Shawnee, Hal Leonard, Alfred, Fred Bock Music, Jubilate, and AGEHR. Joel’s interest in music of all kinds has led to employment opportunities in everything from classical and jazz performances to pop vocal arranging. He has conducted national tours of Broadway productions, and he has been honored for outstanding musical direction of theater in both Chicago and Los Angeles.
Since 1988 he has worked as a composer and producer of commercial music in Chicago and has written soundtracks for more than 2000 television and radio commercials, plus numerous scores for short films.
church is located at 6116 Crestwood Ave, Sarasota, FL