Jim Daneker

music to inspire

Jim Daneker is an award-winning and Billboard-charting composer, producer, and arranger who specializes in the bold, evocative, and memorable.

In addition to over 2 decades as keyboardist, musical director, and producer for CCM icon Michael W. Smith, Jim has enjoyed a diverse musical career. He has produced albums, served as an arranger, programmer, and written music for film, including invitations to submit trailers for Hollywood blockbusters such as the Fast and The Furious franchise, Transformers 2, Chronicles of Narnia, several Disney projects, Walden Media's Amazing Grace, and more.

After 2 decades of serving other artists, Jim took 2 years off to pursue a dream of writing his own cinematic instrumental album, titled AD ALTA (released June 2017). This project fuses soaring melodies reminiscent of classic film scores with creative synth textures, ethnic instruments, massive percussion and driving pop/rock grooves, all wrapped in lush orchestration recorded with a live orchestra and top session players from around the globe.

The first half of 2018 finds Jim wrapping production on a cinematic Christmas album for 3-time #1 Billboard artist Paul Cardall, featuring Nashville's finest orchestral players and renowned guest vocalists CeCe Winans, Audrey Assad, and Patrice Tipoki. 

Whether an epic film score, album production, orchestral arrangements or synth programming, no detail is overlooked; Jim's pursuit of excellence is passionate and relentless. When music is your message, every note counts.

At Your Service:

  • Original music for film, trailers, advertising
  • Album production, mixing
  • Master quality orchestral programming, arrangements, mockups
  • Piano, Hammond B3, keyboard/synth tracks, sound design
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Buy the digital version of AD ALTA on iTunes here! Reviews greatly appreciated!