Marty Raney | Biography 2021

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  • Full Name Marty Raney
  • Occupation Builder, Mountaineer, Musician, and TV personality.
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace North Bend, Washington
  • Birth Date Mar 08, 1957
  • Age 67 Years, 4 Months


Lead Cast of Discovery’s Reality TV show, Homestead Rescue

Marty Raney | Biography 2021

Founder of Construction Company, Alaska Stone and Log

Marty Raney was born and raised in North Bend, Washington. He not only lived off the grid, but he also grew up doing hard work from a very young age. At the age of 16, Raney dropped out of school and left his home to chase his dreams. At age 18, he moved to Alaska.

Marty Raney is an Alaskan builder and TV personality. He is the lead cast of Discovery’s reality TV show Homestead Rescue. 

Who is Marty Raney?

Marty Raney is a builder, mountaineer, musician, and TV personality. He moved to Alaska at the age of 18 and pursued a career as a builder. In addition, he ran a business utilizing naturally available materials — stone and log. Later, Raney pursued a career in mountain climbing for more than 40 years. As a singer-songwriter, he released two albums such as Strummit From The Summit (1997) and If That Bus Could Talk (2015).

In the television world, Raney came to prominence after he started starring on Homestead Rescue in 2016. The show still airs on Discovery and its eighth season premiered on 17 June 2021. In addition, he also stars in Discovery’s Homestead Rescue: Raney Ranch. The second season of the show premiered on 6 May 2021.

How Old is Marty Raney?

Marty Raney was born and raised in North Bend, Washington. He not only lived off the grid, but he also grew up doing hard work from a very young age. At the age of 16, Raney dropped out of school and left his home to chase his dreams. At age 18, he moved to Alaska.


After moving to Alaska, Raney pursued multiple careers to survive and thrive. First, he established a construction company, Alaska Stone and Log, and built attractive homes, structures, and cabins with his artistic stone and log works as an Alaskan builder. 

An adventurous persona, Raney also would pursue a career as a mountaineer and musician. He also designed and made a guitar that was shaped like the map of the state of Alaska. Later, he started appearing on Discovery shows Homestead Rescue (2016) and Homestead Rescue: Raney Ranch (2020).


Raney climbed North America’s highest mountain peak Denali for the first time in 1986. He then started serving as an expedition guide in 1988. He has been mountaineering for over four decades.

He is known for playing guitar in the summits. He has played guitar multiple times on the summit, including from Denali. ‘I Really Caribou You’ was the first song he played with his guitar on top of Denali.


A singer-songwriter, Raney, released his first album titled Strummit From The Summit in 1997The album was composed of 17 songs, including ‘Chasin’ Rainbows,’ ‘I Really Caribou You,’ ‘Dog Doo,’ ‘Strummit from the Summit,’ ‘Ranger Stu,’ and ‘Train Song.’ In 2013, he released the singles such as ‘Alaska Tattooed Lady,’ ‘Big John,’ and ‘Timothy Tastewell,’ which were later included in his second album titled If That Bus Could Talk. The album was released on 22 March, and it featured a total of 14 tracks. His songs have been played on radio, TV, film, and online platforms. 

One of his songs titled ‘Adam & Steve’ from his 1997 album Strummit From The Summit resurfaced in 2020. The song was removed from the music-streaming services due to its homophobic elements. The controversial verses read,

When we treated a lady, not a guy as a queen,

Now Webster is tossed on new waves without sail, 

Cos it’s not an oxymoron when you say, ‘Shemale,’

 I’m an unsung hetero, but then again, 

Only in circles where men are men, But that circle gets smaller yes every day, 

Hey, maybe we should march in our own parade, 

And march with women by our sides, chanting ‘Women make much better brides,’ 

And then do something they can’t do, Hold up our children as our proof,

“His song which was written over 20 years ago does not reflect the show or the values of the network in any way,” a spokesperson to Discovery said.

Documentary and Television Appearances

Raney was involved in an Oscar-nominated short documentary titled Alaska: Spirit of the Wild as a Denali climbing guide. It premiered on 3 September 1998 at the IMAX Film Festival. The following year, he starred in the 1999 documentary Climb Against the Odds, in which he worked as a climber, musician, and second cameraman. He then appeared in an episode of the adventure comedy documentary An Idiot Abroad as a guide and musician. The same year, he also showcased his musical talent in Dave Kellogg’s action-adventure documentary The High One. Finally, in 2013, he appeared in 10 episodes of the reality TV show Ultimate Survival Alaska, which aired on the National Geographic Channel from 2013 to 2015.

‘Homestead Rescue’

In 2016, Raney and his family started starring in Discovery’s reality TV show Homestead Rescue alongside his children Matt and Misty. On the show, the trio educates people about living self-sustaining and off-grid life successfully by showing their subsistence building, farming, and hunting lifestyle. The first season of Homestead Rescue premiered on 17 June 2016. The show was renewed for the eighth season, which premiered on 17 June 2021.

‘Homestead Rescue: Raney Ranch’

In 2020, he also starred in Discovery’s new reality TV show Homestead Rescue: Raney Ranch. The show details the Raney family’s multigenerational homestead on their 40-acre ranch in the Alaskan wilderness. The second season of the show premiered on 6 May 2021 on Discovery. 

How Much does Marty Raney Make Per Episode?

According to TheCinemaholic, Marty Raney’s estimated net worth is $1.2 million as of 6 May 2021. However, the exact salaries of the Homestead Rescue remain unrevealed. According to Businessinsider, the leading casts earn between $30 thousand and $10 million per season. In that context, Raney might have been gotten paid in the range.

Personal Life

After moving to Alaska during his teenage years, Raney lived in an off-grid and off-land home in Alaska. He then married Mollee Roestel and moved to a very remote homestead in Haines, Alaska. The couple together has four children, namely Melanee, Miles, Misty, and Matthew. 

When all the children were under the age of 10, the Raney family trekked the full length of the infamous Chilkoot Pass. 

Did You Know? 

Marty Raney is yet to feature on a Wikipedia Page. 

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