Joel McCray grew up in Riesel, TX, just outside of Waco. He started playing the piano when he was 18-months old. He studied piano with his mother, Ruby H. McCray, from 1976 - 1988. He moved to Arlington, TX in 1988 on a track scholarship from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he graduated with a BBA in Finance in 1992 and NCAA, All-America status in track.
Joel McCray, producer for a 2011 Dove Award Nominee, has 11 projects: New Beginnings (2000), Worship 2001 - "He Reigns", Song For You (2003), "Merry Christmas to You" (2003), "Christmas Joy" (2008), “The Invitation” (2011), a collaborative project with smooth-jazz saxophonist, Joseph Vincelli, “Sing the Word! ¡Cante La Palabra!” (2011), a collaborative project with Bridget McCray, "Meritage" (2013), "Envision," (2017) second & third collaborative projects with Joseph Vincelli, "Hymns Unplugged" (2013), and "Cohesion" (2015).
Joel has produced over 30 projects and has performed on over 40 projects. The Lord has been really good to him and has allowed him to play alongside some really awesome artists and musicians. They include, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Joseph Vincelli, Kirk Whalum, Darren Rahn, Myron Butler, Fred Hammond, George Huff, Y'anna Crawley, Nick Colionne, bassist - Chuck Smith, drummer - Jason "J.T" Thomas. (Roy Hargrove), & producer/organist/keyboardist - Bobby Sparks (Kirk Franklin, Marcus Miller), etc. The list goes on.
Since 1988, Joel has had the opportunity to serve in music ministry at a number of great churches including, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Arlington, TX; Crossroads Christian Church, Grand Prairie, TX; Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Dallas, TX, Grace Temple; S.D.A, and High Pointe Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, Texas.
Joel currently serves as a worship pastor at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas, the music director and teaching artist for The Artist Outreach, the founder and director of J & B Music Ministries, director, writer and arranger Zamar (the band), music director for Deon Q, and keyboardist for Joseph Vincelli.
Joel lives in Arlington with his wife, business partner, and best friend, of 18 years, Bridget, and their children, Nicholas and Jada.