Musical Director Ray Chew has performed at the helm of award winning musical events with the world’s most popular artists including Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Prince, Justin Beiber, Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Ludacris, Barry Manilow, Queen Latifah, James Taylor, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Jennifer Hudson and Quincy Jones.
Now in his second season at ABC’s Dancing With The Stars – Ray continues to breathe new life into the ballroom with is musical takes on current and classic hits to the delight of the show’s professional dancers and fans of the long running series. He also served as musical director of the summer’s most talked about new series – ABC’s Rising Star.
Ray’s music direction is sought after for prestigious music specials and historic landmark events, including the 65th Annual Emmy Awards, President Obama’s Inaugural Neighborhood Ball on ABC, SOS Help for Haiti Telethon on BET, the Democratic National Convention, 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards. On the horizon is Ray’s inaugural year with a holiday favorite – the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Ray performed 3 seasons at Fox’s American Idol where he revitalized the show’s music product and inspired some of the best talents in the competition’s history, performing twice a week and producing over 200 contestant iTunes downloads. Ray has also served as Music 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.
His behind the scenes work as Musical Director includes Donald Trump’s Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants (2007 – 2014) as well as international variety show SUTASI: the search for Asia’s hottest contemporary music talent. His other on stage television specials include a long standing history with the BET Network, heading up the music for their biggest annual events: BET Honors (2008 – 2014), BET’s Celebration of Gospel (2006 – 2014), and BET Awards (2005 – 2014).
Ray and his company Chew Entertainment produced A Night of Inspiration – an all-star concert that SOLD OUT Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2010. In a mission to create diversity within the patronage of Carnegie Hall, Ray was asked to produce, artistically direct, musically direct this landmark event with A-List artists. Ray conducted a 53-piece orchestra, joined by a 125 voice mass choir, performing his arrangements for the featured artists from the gospel and secular community.
Ray Chew’s in demand sound can be found in television and film scores as well as gold and platinum records with artists ranging from Diana Ross and Donny Hathaway to Grammy award-winning artist Alicia Keys.