We had the good fortune of connecting with Hope Raney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hope, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose to pursue a creative/artistic career because I wanted to inspire people the way that other creatives inspired me. I believe the ability to create art is a privilege and one of the biggest blessing. I wanted to be fulfilled in my life knowing that I used my creative gifts to bring happiness healing, and joy to others the way that art has changed my life! Specifically, through music, I am able to reach people in the universal language. Music speaks where words fail, and I am forever grateful to be a part of that narrative!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I graduated Berklee College of Music and moved to Los Angeles as a young singer/songwriter I was so excited for where I knew my dreams would take me. Thanks to some connections from Berklee, I was able to get my first placement with an international artist in 2012 and I have been able to continue writing for other artists as well as writing for television. My songs have been on some of the biggest networks including ABC, E!, VH1, Bravo, FOX SPORTS, The CW and more! My career as Hope Raney the songwriter has lead me to work with many talented artists including Universal Music Group Finland artist Evelina, for whom I co-wrote her 3 platinum-selling singles in 2015. It was not easy and before all this I had many days of ups and downs and rejections, “no’s” and doors slammed in my face. The key was that I never gave up no matter what was thrown at me! My name, Hope, really is the core of my brand. Throughout my life I have been faced with challenges including partial hearing loss, spinal fusion surgery, and becoming a young mom at 25. Through all these circumstances I never gave up hope and that is the message that I want to spread to anyone out there reading this interview. You will have good and bad days but the key is to keep going and to never give up hope!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Los Angeles has so many wonderful things to do and that is why I am grateful to call this city my home! My personal favorite thing to do here has always been visiting the amazing beaches. I recommend Topanga State Beach in Malibu and Dockweiler beach in El Segundo. Both are not as crowded as some of the South Bay beaches and give you a nice chance to unwind and take in the sun, sand, and waves! I also really love to get outdoors in nature, and Fryman Canyon trail in Studio City is one of my favorite lesser known hiking spots. I would have to have a visit to my favorite restaurant Grandma’s Thai in Sherman Oaks for their famous Green Curry and then make sure to visit Maggie’s Pastry in North Hollywood for their amazing desserts! For nightlife I would visit Lock and Key bar and grille/nightclub. Their strawberry ginger vodka mule is to die for and they always have great music and a fun crowd!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout is to my alma mater, Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Berklee gave me the foundation as an artist and a songwriter to study and perfect my craft, as well as make lasting professional bonds and friendships that I’ve been able to maintain to this day! I got my first gigs in the music industry from classmates of mine from Berklee and some of my first mentors were connections I made through my 4 years on campus. I am forever grateful for the music education as well as the introduction in to the music business that Berklee gave me. When I graduated with my degree in Songwriting, I felt ready to take on the world!