A Night of Inspiration is an evening of music, spoken word and dance on the prestigious Carnegie Hall stage accompanied by a backdrop of a 64-piece orchestra and 150 voice multi-cultural mass choir. The unique pairings of vocal heavy weights in the secular and non-secular communities work collectively to present an experience that creates an evening of connection and inspiration that vibrates through every seat in the building.
Music Director Ray Chew performs at the helm of award winning musicians events with the worlds most popular artists including Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Pharrell Williams, Ella Mai, Lenny Kravitz, Pitbull, Lauren Jauregui (of 5th Harmony fame), James Taylor, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Jennifer Hudson, Quincy Jones and the late Aretha Franklin. Ray’s work with orchestras as a conductor and a composer has carrier him to prestigious venues all over the world.
Vivian Scott Chew, whose accomplished innovative history at ASCAP, Polygram Records and Sony Music, signed and introducing to the world, 2x Grammy winning, platinum selling dancehall superstar, Shabba Ranks. Stepping into the world of entrepreneurship 20 years ago, Vivian started TimeZone International - the first U.S. based African-American owned company that provides many recording artists with international marketing and promotion, touring, licensing and distribution services in expanded regions.
Together, Ray and Vivian are partners in Chew Entertainment.
Night of Inspiration has a line-up of appearances from both music legends and rising stars. During every event, we seamlessly weave all genres of music to create a joyful celebration. Our line-ups include the best of the secular and non-secular music communities from all around the world. Each year, we are surrounded by some of the most outstanding music giants in the industry, always left with a bigger and bolder experience than before.
- Rev. Al Sharpton
- Clive Gillinson - Executive Director, Carnegie Hall
- David Ushery - News Anchor, NBC
- Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin, Teaneck, NJ
- Pastor A.R. Bernard - Christian Cultural Center, Brooklyn, NY
- Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky - Park Avenue Synagogue, NYC
- Soledad O’Brien - Broadcast Journalist
- BeBe and CeCe Winans
- Bishop Hezekiah Walker
- Dionne Warwick
- Donnie McClurkin
- Fred Hammond
- Israel Houghton and Adrienne Bailon Houghton
- Iyanla Vanzant
- J.J. Hairston
- Kenny Lattimore
- Koryn Hawthorne
- Kurt Carr
- Michael McDonald
- New Faith Music Ministry of Cape Town, South Africa
- Pastor Shirley Caesar
- Patty Griffin
- Pauletta Washington
- Phylicia Rashaad
- Regina Belle
- Richard Smallwood
- Tenor Lawrence Brownlee
- Travis Greene
- Yolanda Adams
"From his earliest days in New York City, Ray Chew has been recognized as a unique and immensely gifted musical talent by so many iconic artists, composers and producers which has proven him to be one of America’s greatest band leaders! What makes “A Night of Inspiration” so aptly titled is not only the amazing night I participated in, but also the man it represents, Ray Chew."Michael McDonald
"The Night of Inspiration is an awe inspiring event that is so significant to me because it brings Gospel to one of the most prestigious stages in the world. Thank you Ray and Vivian for keeping Gospel in the forefront and allowing me to represent my genre of music for three years!"Pastor Shirley Caesar
"Night of Inspiration at Carnegie Hall, is one of my favorite interfaith events. It’s more than just making beautiful music with wonderful people, but a chance to feel solidarity in times when we need to be present in each other’s struggles and triumphs. I am always eager to come back each year."Cantor Azi Schwartz
"Being a guest artist at Ray and Vivian Chew's "Night of Inspiration" is an artist's dream. The collaborations are truly special moments that may never be seen again. Ray Chew, with his diverse musical abilities allows each artist to step outside of the musical formats that we are known for to become students again of musical exploration. Bravo!"Kenny Lattimore