Celebrating nearly 20 years of marriage, Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew are both recognized leaders and trailblazers in music and entertainment.
Ray, an award-winning and acclaimed musical director, composer, producer and conductor has charted a successful career spanning over four decades. His wife, Vivian is a celebrated music executive and global entrepreneur with an illustrious career and many significant achievements equally as stellar as her husband.
Just off the heels of the highly-rated Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, now in its 88th year, Ray was handed the baton three years ago as the new music director with the blessing of Milton DeLugg, who previously held the position for 50 years. Ray has worked with a Who’s Who’s in popular music and beyond including Aretha Franklin, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Pharrell Williams, Justin Beiber, Lenny Kravitz, Queen Latifah, Pitbull, Quincy Jones, Jennifer Hudson, just to name a very few. Currently in his sixth season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Ray also served as the music director for Showtime at the Apollo, where he got his television start. As his star rose, he brought his talent to various Viacom annual award shows and specials including the BET Awards, BET Honors, Celebration of Gospel, and Sunday Best. Before Dancing with the Stars, Ray enjoyed a successful three-year run as music director of FOX’s American Idol. During his tenure at Idol, Ray also produced over 300 iTunes downloads for the show’s contestants. Ray has served as a music consultant for other television specials including the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, the 2015 Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, and many other historic televised events.
As the co-owner of Chew Entertainment and the founder of TimeZone International, a global music marketing and promotions and entertainment company, Vivian’s reputation in the industry is well documented around the globe. Highly respected for her innovation, Vivian is a groundbreaker. As a former executive at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, she created ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul Awards which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017. Vivian is probably best-known in the music circles for her discovery of various sub-genres of world music when she served as a young A&R executive at Epic Records. She signed Shabba Ranks in America and ushered in the dancehall movement globally. TimeZone was the first and only African-American owned U.S. company that provided marketing, touring, licensing and distribution services for U.S. artists in foreign territories.
In this edition of Inside Broadway, Gwendolyn Quinn talks with Ray and Vivian about their third installment of the Night of Inspiration at Carnegie Hall. This year’s event features Shirley Caesar, Richard Smallwood, Dionne Warwick, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Kurt Carr, Lawrence Brownlee, Cantor Azi Schwartz, the 64-piece Ray Chew Orchestra and others on Tuesday, December 6th. The happy couple also share their plans for upcoming projects and new ventures, as well as their secret to a successful marriage and business partnership.