Ray Chew has led countless award-winning musical events-live and televised-with the
world's greatest artists across every genre, including Aretha Franklin, Carrie Underwood,
Rihanna, Prince, James Taylor, Anita Baker, Queen Latifah, Ne-Yo, Barry Manilow, Ludacris,
Smokey Robinson, Justin Bieber, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Jennifer Hudson, and Quincy
As the new musical director of American Idol, Chew helped revitalize the show's
musical product during the 2011 season and inspired arguably the best cast in the
competition's history. Season 10 enjoyed tremendous ratings success and critical acclaim,
and Chew is excited to meet the challenge of returning for season 11 to affix his musical
imprint on the show. He has also served as musical director and personality for several
network television series, including It's Showtime at the Apollo, NBC's The
Singing Bee, and BET's Sunday Best.
Chew's relationships with producers in various fields of television have placed him at the
helm of historic landmark musical events, including President Obama's Inaugural
Neighborhood Ball on ABC, SOS: Help for Haiti Telethon on BET, the Democratic
National Convention, and several telecasts of the Grammy Awards.
Chew's behind-the-scenes work as a musical director includes Donald Trump's Miss USA and
Miss Universe pageants (2007-2011), as well as international variety show SUTASI,
the search for Asia's hottest contemporary music talent. His other on-stage television
specials include The BET Honors (2008-2012), BET's Celebration of Gospel
(2006-2011), and BET Awards (2005-2011).
In addition to television and film scores, Chew's in-demand sound can be heard on gold-
and platinum-selling records with artists who range from Diana Ross and Donny Hathaway to
Chew and his company Chew Entertainment produced A Night of Inspiration at
Carnegie Hall-an all-star, sold-out concert in the spring of 2010. With a mission to foster
diversity within the Hall's patronage, Chew was asked to produce, and artistically and
musically direct this landmark event. During the concert, he conducted a 53-piece orchestra
and a 125-voice mass choir, performing his arrangements for the featured artists from the
gospel and secular communities.
Vivian Scott Chew
Vivian Scott Chew began her career as the first female African American membership
representative for ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers). She went
on to hold senior positions at Polygram/Universal Records and became the head of urban
music at Epic Records / Sony Music. It was during her tenure at Sony that she introduced
the world to the dancehall phenomenon by producing gold and platinum albums, leading to
back-to-back Grammy Awards for artist Shabba Ranks.
Chew went on to fill a newly created position in charge of urban music for 550 Music, a
boutique label at Sony. During her time with 550, she brought "the funk" to the label with
the signing of George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars. Clinton's 550 release,
T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (The Awesome Power of a Fully-Operational Mothership),
garnered his highest-grossing first-week sales and launched the first "Mothership" landing
in Central Park in 20 years. In October 2011, she produced the sold-out A Tribute to
George Clinton at New York's Apollo Theater.
Together with her husband Ray Chew, Vivian co-owns Chew Entertainment, a premiere
event-management firm whose clients range from the National Urban League, American Heart
Association, The Jackie Robinson Foundation, and BET Networks to The Apollo Theater
Foundation, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Carnegie Hall. Chew Entertainment also
specializes in the art of talent development by supplying musical support for new and
Chew is the principal of the international marketing and promotion company TimeZone
International, which is the sole US-based company that focuses on the global careers of
urban artists. Along with her staff, Chew has worked with Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jill Scott,
JAY Z, India.Arie, Brian McKnight, Kem, Raphael Saadiq, Common, Kindred the Family Soul,
Lil Wayne, Joe, Toni Braxton, Ledisi, and BeBe and CeCe Winans, to name a few.
Rounding out her professional accomplishments, Chew understands the importance of offering
a charitable hand. In 1993, she co-founded the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Music Industry
Dinner, which has raised more than $2.1 million for diabetes research. Past honorees have
included Russell Simmons, Bruce Lundvall (former president of Blue Note Records), Michael
Greene (former president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), and late
music-industry veterans Dick Scott and Jheryl Busby. Chew has also served on the Board of
the Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Northern New Jersey and
Rockland County, The Black Rock Coalition, Winston Preparatory School, and Opus 118.
The Chews are co-directors of their own foundation, Power to Inspire, whose mission is to
encourage individuals and groups to embrace the concept of "each one, teach one." The
foundation provides mentorships, internships, and career counseling for children and young
adults who either aspire to enter into the field of musical arts or who are currently
pursuing their goals.
The Chews are also the proud parents of daughters Loren and Bianca.