First Listen: Stephanie Mills and all-star crew help Ray Chew's "Jam"

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    (July 10, 2024) Have you ever watched watched an awards show, or a program like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and wondered how musical performers representing diverse genres and musical styles who have never worked together before can perform like they have worked together for years?  A big reason for those seamless performances – in addition to the talent and professionalism of the performers – is the work of people like music director Ray Chew.

    Chew is one of the behind-the-scenes people who combines executive level management skills with his talent as a musician and music producer.  Chew has worked as music director for television programs like “It’s Showtime at the Apollo,” “American Idol” and “Sunday Best,” as well as the “Neighborhood Inaugural Ball” for President Barack Obama.

    (July 10, 2024) Have you ever watched watched an awards show, or a program like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and wondered how musical performers representing diverse genres and musical styles who have never worked together before can perform like they have worked together for years?  A big reason for those seamless performances – in addition to the talent and professionalism of the performers – is the work of people like music director Ray Chew.

    Chew is one of the behind-the-scenes people who combines executive level management skills with his talent as a musician and music producer.  Chew has worked as music director for television programs like “It’s Showtime at the Apollo,” “American Idol” and “Sunday Best,” as well as the “Neighborhood Inaugural Ball” for President Barack Obama.

    He has a comfort level with pairing artists who do not have much in common, and he showcases that gift on his new song, “Jam.” This is a cut that sports a bass line that will be instantly appealing to those who like old school funk or stepper’s music. “Jam” features four legendary performers from the world of R&B and hip-hop, Stephanie Mills, M.C. Lyte, Doug E. Fresh and Kid Capri.

    The bass line serves as introduction to what is a party anthem because you can visualize people walking into the club from the moment the play button is clicked or the needle hits vinyl. All of the performers fuse naturally. Mills’ sultry vocals merge effortlessly as she hands off to the rap luminaries.

    “Jam” is a fun bit of funky nostalgia in which four legends give us a summertime respite from our angst filled reality. Check it out here.

    By Howard Dukes

    Ray Chew Ft. Stephanie Mills, MC Lyte,
    Doug E Fresh and Kid Capri
    "Jam"