MARTY RANEY | Biography
Marty Raney is an author, a television host, a singer/songwriter, and a keynote speaker. Marty has written and recorded two music albums: Strummit from the Summit and his newest album, If that bus could talk…
Marty’s skill in storytelling is evident in his music, which showcases Marty’s creative, authentic approach. He performs in his home state of Alaska, from Ketchikan to Utqiagvik (Point Barrow), and across the nation while filming his Discovery Channel show, Homestead Rescue. His musical genre is described as Alaskana mountain music, with a mixture of folk and country influences. He is the first person to carry a guitar to the top of Denali (serving as a mountain guide for over twenty years, and summiting Denali, many times), a moment that inspired his title track “Strummit from the Summit,” on his first album. When performing, he notably brings his Alaska-shaped guitar, and is often accompanied by his son, Matt on the mandolin (Matt is talent with Marty on Homestead Rescue). He has also been known to recite poetry by the bard of the Klondike Gold Rush, Robert Service.
Marty served as a keynote speaker for the annual Mother Earth News Fair and is scheduled as the keynote speaker for the National Park Service’s annual celebration of homesteading in America in the coming months.
Marty’s recently released book, a Penguin Random House publication titled Homestead Survival: An Insider’s Guide to Your Great Escape, continues to be a success as many in search of the simple life seek guidance as they start anew on an off-grid property.
As host of Discovery’s Homestead Rescue, Marty and family strive to teach individuals how to live a self-sustaining, off-grid life, successfully. Discovery’s Raney Ranch details his family’s life on their own 40-acre homestead in Alaska, where Marty and his family have carved out a piece of the Alaskan wilderness, living off-grid, on property only accessible by crossing a powerful Class IV+ river.
With well over 100, one-hour episodes of prime-time TV, his fan base is global and has reached millions. His musical talent, his expertise in off-grid living, his recently released book, and his skill in storytelling provide an eclectic background where all are entertained. Marty’s self-sustaining life in one of the harshest climates, adheres to his motto: “Alaska is better than fiction.”