Ray Cham – HSM Song Composer – Dies

Our condolences to the family of Ray Cham. Ray was one of the songwriters for Disney’s High School Musical.

Ray Cham, 2006 Emmy-nominated Songwriter/Producer, passed away in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 4, 2007. Cham passed away from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. Cham was 35.

Ray Cham was described as …a great musical talent & genius, who hadn’t even begun to tap his full potential yet.
Ron Fair, Chairman, Geffen Records

Ray Cham was co-writer with his brother for music and lyrics to “Get Your Head In the Game” – arguably the most well known song from High School Musical. He was also a 2006 Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Original Music with Getcha Head in the Game.

We are currently running High School Musical and I can tell you that the “Getcha Head in the Game” song is one that really binds the cast together. It’s a great positive message for everyone, not just kids. I think it’s every composer’s desire to create music that outlives themselves, and in that respect the Cham’s have hit a bullseye with this song. Kudos on that.

RAY CHAM is survived by his wife Alexandria Cham, two children Raymond Jr. and Romijn of Los Angeles; and his brother, Emmy-nominated co-writer Greg Cham of Los Angeles.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Ray Cham started his career in 1998 working as a musician and arranger for TLC, Aaron Hall, Morris Day, Tracy Spencer and Brandy. He was a producer, arranger, musician and songwriter, having written for Christina Aguilera, Sting, Mya , Sounds of Blackness, Miami Sound Machine, and Hoku. He developed and arranged the live shows for many artists including Toni Braxton, Kenny Loggins, Monica, Earth, Wind & Fire, Aguilera and Destiny’s Child.

Most recently he was a songwriter, producer and music supervisor for many of the Disney musicals and television shows – including the CHEETAH GIRLS and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. He was a 2006 Emmy nominee for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song GET’CHA HEAD IN THE GAME that he co-wrote with his brother Emmy-nominee Greg Cham, and recording artist/composer and Emmy nominee Drew Seeley. He was music supervisor and composer for the Disney Channel film GOTTA KICK IT UP, and most recently wrote, produced and did tour arrangement for the CHEETAH GIRLS CD and tour.

Through his company Last Man Standing Inc., he was developing talent as well as writing songs for the next HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL movie and CD, as well as developing Seeley as a solo artist. Ray Cham most recently worked with Seeley on the recent HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL live show where Seeley was the male lead vocalist.

Memorial services will be held on TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2007 @ 11:00 a.m.

Pre-Service @ 10:30 a.m.

Westchester Christian Church

(site of Breath of Life Seventh-day Adventist

8740 LaTijera Blvd., Westchester, CA 90045

General viewing will be held on:

MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2007 @ 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Holy Cross Mortuary – located at:

5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City, CA. 90230

15 thoughts on “Ray Cham – HSM Song Composer – Dies

  1. I just found out about his passing while googling his name. I am truly shocked and kept wondering why he has been crossing my mind. I have known him since jr. high and lost contact with him after his mother passed several years ago. I send my deepest regards to his family and his brother.



  2. Hi Marla,
    Yes, it’s very sad. I only know him through his music, and feel a great sadness still. He was remarkable and truly one of a kind.

  3. I just found out about Ray Cham(im in tears). i cant believe it i have been looking for Ray…..the last time i spoke with Ray he was telling me he was getting marry and he was very happy….i just cant believe it(still in tears).
    please forward me the address to the burial site so i can visit…im taking a vacation and going to los angles.
    please forward me the address.
    Thank u
    My prayers to his family and brother.
    Be blessed.

  4. My deepest condolences go out to Ray’s family. He was a good friend of mine and I just found out today of his untimely death. If you could please forward his burial site, I would like to visit as well….

    Thank you…

  5. Hello, I just found out about Ray’s death by googling his name, and reached here.

    I met him years back, and we lost contact last couple of years ago.
    I was trying to tell him about our mutual friends death.
    Now I found out about Ray, and …
    I can’t believe it and I don’t want to.

    Please forward his burial site as well.
    I’ve been away from LA, and now I don’t have anyone mutual
    (me and Ray).
    I’m coming back to LA this summer, so at least I’d like to bring flower to him.

    My prayers to his family and his brother.

    Thank you

  6. Hi again.
    I just found out..
    This must be a message from Ray that I found out about his death today.
    Becaue today(where I am) is his birthday.
    I’ll be very thankful if you could please forward his burial if you knew.

    Thank you.

  7. We’re honored that you posted here. Your father was an incredible gift to the music world. It is so tragically sad, but obviously you know how proud you can be of him.

    Can you share something with us about him? I only know him through his music (his music is incredible).

  8. ray was an incredible man. i met him over 20 years ago..he played an important role in the development of my life..he was loyal, sensitive, kind, stubborn, hard working, talented, took great care of his cars :)…the one that i let get away. like a few of you, we lost contact for a few years, i had a strong urge to talk to him and wound up reconnecting about 4 months before his accident. we talked almost everyday, like we had nevr stopped talking. i was blessed to have been able to experience him again. his passing was extremely devastating for me but he has visited in my dreams and made me feel peace. ray, you will forever be in my heart..rip

  9. damn~ I’m a chinese and i so happened to have the same name as he him…when i googled myself and i saw this, i’m shock…rip bro~

  10. Why was he running from the cops on his motor cycle. If he
    Did not run he would be a live and be out of

  11. wow, june, i think of him all the time, and we all miss him and you…my son and i definitely miss you in our lives. please don’t be angry at him, there will always be am empty space where he used to be I know…

  12. I am very sad to think about what a great artist and person he could have been. I past my greatest condolences to him and his family and brother as well as his closest friends. I am sure you miss him deaply. He could have been one of the greats and I am sorry for his family’s loss. Rest In Peace, Ray Cham
    -xoxo-Miss you

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