Joel Buckner is a passionate singer, catalyst for change and desires to help people become the best version of themselves.
Growing up in Columbus, Ohio, Joel honed his God-given music talents under the mentorship of great ministers and songwriters. This started his life-long journey with music singing with the in Columbus Boy Choir. Soon after, Joel stepped into leadership at the age of 13 when he was asked to direct the youth choir and praise team for Bible Way Church. Throughout his teenage years, he was very active in school leadership at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Center and helped develop the youth department at his church.
Joel moved to Dayton, Ohio in 1998 and served on the worship team at Revival Center Ministries International where he met Tonya Baker. Joel sang background vocals for Tonya for 13 years. Tonya’s life-changing influence helped him to become the worship leader and songwriter he is today.
From 2007 to the present, Joel has led worship at three prominent churches: Oasis Church in Nashville, TN, South Coast Church in Miami, FL, and is currently on staff as a worship leader at National Community Church in Washington. DC.
Joel’s influences include Commissioned, The Winans and Fred Hammond. Likewise, he found inspiration in vocalists such as Carl Thomas and Donnie Hathaway. By studying these talented male singers, he was able to develop his own signature vocal style.
In March 2009, Joel released his debut album, I Will Live, featuring songs such as “We Come To Worship You”, “Draw Me”, and the title track “I Will Live”. In writing this collection, he blended his life experiences with his neo soul/acoustic style of music. Alongside this project, his songwriting arsenal includes hits such as “Burn It All Down” by Lexi, “We Desire More” by Benita Washington, and “Arise” by San Franklin. Joel perfects his gift as a worship leader and songwriter by constantly surrounding himself with other thriving artists as a source of inspiration.
Joel brings the same passion to mentoring youth as he does to music. He believes that positively impacting the youth of a city is a way to rebuild and change communities. Joel’s long-term dream is to have a foster home for young men 16 -24 to help them fulfill purpose and be productive citizens.
In the same way, he invests time in mentoring other worship leaders to help them actualize and develop their personal gifting and talents. Whether Joel is leading worship, writing songs, or mentoring, he’s always sharing the message of God’s conquering love and incomparable joy!
What Others Are Saying...
"Joel Buckner is creating a sound for this generation with the songs he composes. His heart for Worship shines through as he ushers the listener into the presence of God. His songs are infused with the Word of God as he inspires the world to Worship like never before."
Pastor Jason Nelson
Greater Bethlehem Temple
"This project from Joel Buckner is fresh and highly anointed. I listen to often to quiet my surroundings. He is a Chief Levite and the world will here this sound very very soon. Joel keep focused and stay close to the voice of God....It's a special oil on you man...."
Stephen Hurd, Praise and Worship Leader , Recording Artist
“ As a songwriter, producer and recording artist, I have had the great pleasure of being inspired be the voice and music of Joel Buckner. Joel is an anointed writer, artist, minister of music and friend. I am excited to see how God continues to use him as an instrument of hope and worship for this generation. Keep your eyes and ears open as Joel will surely be a vehicle used by God to transport the good news throughout the world.”
Worship Pastor at Victory World Church, Songwriter, Artist
Joel is a refreshing blend of passion and excellence. His worship communicates a sincerity you can feel!
Gospel music industry veteran/ author of The Beginner's Guide To The Gospel Music Industry
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