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Vivian Scott Chew

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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Pasta
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
God Is Able.

Birthplace

Born:
5/14/1958
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Pasta
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
God Is Able.

Birthplace

Born:
5/14/1958
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Music executive Vivian Scott Chew was born in the Queens, New York neighborhood of Far Rockaway to Mamie Murphy and William Scott on May 14, 1958. She attended Georgetown University from 1976 to 1977. Chew then entered into the music business as an office assistant for entertainment attorney Louise West. Chewalso served as a personal assistant to singer, songwriter and producer Kashif, renowned for producing music for notable artists such as Whitney Houston and Evelyn “Champagne” King. From there, Chew was named president of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1985, the first African American woman to head the organization. While at ASCAP she created the Rhythm & Soul Awards, an event that has been in existence for more than twenty years. She was then hired as the head of artists and repertoire (A&R) for Polygram Records in 1987, where she signed internationally acclaimed reggae band Third World. After two years with Polygram, Chew was named vice president of urban music for Sony/550 Records. She was then named vice president of artists and repertoire (A&R) for Epic Records from 1991 to 1997. While at Epic she signed reggae artist Shabba Ranks, a then unknown who rose to international superstardom under Chew. Ranks’ debut album for Epic became the first reggae album to top Billboard’s R&B chart and snagged him the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1991.

Chew went on to launch her own music company, TimeZone International, three years later. Through TimeZone Chew markets urban music acts to global audiences. Her clients have included notable R&B acts such as Jill Scott, Brain McKnight and India.Arie. Through Chew Entertainment, a company she co-owns with her husband, arranger, producer and musical director, Ray Chew, provides direction and musical support for new and emerging artists.

Vivian Scott Chew is also recognized for her advocacy of juvenile diabetes careand prevention. She serves on the board of directors for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of North Jersey and Rockland Counties. In 1993, she co-founded the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Music Industry Dinner, which raised $2 million for research for a cure. Additionally, Chew serves on the Board of Directors for the Black Rock Coalition and is a former board member of the Winston Preparatory School in New York City. Chew is married and resides in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Vivian Chew was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 18, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Vivian Scott Chew's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Vivian Scott Chew lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about her maternal family history, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about her maternal family history, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Vivian Scott Chew recalls discovering the true identity of her biological father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Vivian Scott Chew describes her biological father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about her upper middle class upbringing in a lower middle class neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Vivian Scott Chew describes her brother, Lawrence Murphy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about her mother's affair with her biological father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about being the survivor of rape and incest
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Vivian Scott Chew describes her childhood in Far Rockaway, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Vivian Scott Chew describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Vivian Scott Chew describes her love of sports as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Vivian Scott Chew recalls her grade school years and her experience at Woodmere Academy in Woodmere, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Vivian Scott Chew remembers her first day at Woodmere Academy in Woodmere, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Vivian Scott Chew recalls her memory of the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Vivian Scott Chew describes her formative experiences at Woodmere Academy in Woodmere, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Vivian Scott Chew describes her activities at First Baptist Church of Far Rockaway
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Vivian Scott Chew describes meeting gospel stars and her church's gospel choir
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about her extracurricular activities and academic performance at Woodmere Academy in Woodmere, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Vivian Scott Chew describes her decision to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about her first marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about being a young mother and her family's refusal to acknowledge that her brother was gay
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about the injury that ended her aspiring volleyball career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about her physical similarities to her biological father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about her divorce and her daughter's birth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Vivian Scott Chew describes her first job in the music industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about working for producer Scott Sanders
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Vivian Scott Chew describes working for Kashif
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about working for ASCAP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about working at PolyGram Records as the director of the A&R Department
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about her relationship with the island of Jamaica
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Vivian Scott Chew recalls learning about the international music industry after recruiting Sa-Fire to PolyGram
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about her decision to join Epic Records and the ascent of black women in A&R during the 1990s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Vivian Scott Chew describes her mentor at Epic Records, Hank Caldwell
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about her role in the rise and success of Shabba Ranks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about the success of Shabba Ranks and Patra
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about the controversy surrounding Shabba Ranks' anti-gay sentiments
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Vivian Scott Chew describes being forced to stay at Epic Records and signing George Clinton
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about her marriage to HistoryMaker Ray Chew and the founding of her company, TimeZone International
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Vivian Scott Chew recalls the beginning of TimeZone International and the success of A+
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about Chew Entertainment and the mission of Power to Inspire
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about her clients and her work around the world
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Vivian Scott Chew shares her aspirations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Vivian Scott Chew reflects upon what she would do differently
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Vivian Scott Chew describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Vivian Scott Chew reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Vivian Scott Chew talks about how she would like to be remembered