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Joel Raney, Sacred Piano Books

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Gospel Greats - Joel Raney adv. piano solo music book - Hope Pub.
Product ID : h8513
Overtures of Praise - Joel Raney piano solo music book - Hope Pub.
Product ID : h8067
Overtures of Praise - Joel Raney piano solo music CD - Hope Pub.
Product ID : h8088
America the Beautiful (Organ & Piano Duet): 3-7 Oct. Handbell Part
Product ID : h8455HB
Because He Lives - Joel Raney - 3-5 Oct. Handbell Part - Hope Pub.
Product ID : h8490HB
Because He Lives - joel Raney - Brasss Quartet Part - Hope Pub.
Product ID : h8490B
Because He Lives - Joel Raney - Conductors Score - Hope Pub.
Product ID : h8490CS

Biography is a work in progress.

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.  After completing his degree in choral concucting at the University of North Alabama, he went on to sharpen his keyboard skills , earning a masters degree in piano performance at the Juillard School.

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.  His innovative style and inspired arranger's instincts put his numerous choral anthems, musicals and cantatas, handbell compositions, piano solos, and instrumental works at the top of sales charts year after year.  In addition to publishing with Hope, Joel's work can be found in 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 performance to pop vocal arranging.  He has conducted national tours of Broadway productions, and 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.

Joel is a sought-after choral and keyboard clinician, and stays busy performing throughout North America as a piano soloist and in duo-concert with organist and fellow Hope Editor, Jane Holstein.  The have released a CD recording of organ-piano duets;  Kum Ba Yah, and Joel has four solo piano CD's to his credit; an An Instrument of Your Peace;  This Is My Story, This Is My Song; Overtures of Praise;  and Images of Christmas.  For more than a decade, Joel was Artist-in-Residence at the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, IL, and currently serves as Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Oak Park, IL.  He makes his home in River Forest with wife Susie and their sons, Charlie, Sawyer, and Jesse.