George Shorney’s grandfather formed a small music publishing company in 1892 with the goal of serving the church by printing hymnals. The company, Hope Publishing, has done just that and over the years established a respected reputation for quality research and an extensive catalog. One of the early successes of Hope was their role in bringing the great British hymns to American churches. Along the way, Hope also acquired the rights to music collections that might otherwise have been lost, such as the nearly 8,000 songs written by Franny Crosby, who was blind when she wrote the now standard “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine.” George served as president of the company and chairman before his retirement in 2001. He passed away in March 2012.
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