Ray Colcord was a film and television composer and a past President of the Society of Composers & Lyricists. He wrote the music for more than 700 television shows, feature films, miniseries and specials, garnering Emmy nominations, ASCAP awards, BMI awards, and Dramalogue awards along the way. His films include Heartwood, The King's Guard, Wish Upon A Star, The Paper Brigade, Off Your Rocker, and Amityville Dollhouse. His television work includes Family Affair, Lost At Home, Big Brother II, III, and IV, Boy Meets World, Promised Land, Dinosaurs, The Facts of Life, 2-2-7, My Two Dads, Where I Live, Hiller & Diller, Trial & Error, Silver Spoons, Touched By An Angel, and The Simpsons.
Working in A&R for Columbia records, Ray was responsible for signing Aerosmith to their first record deal and co-produced their second album, Get Your Wings. He also wrote the theme for Project Literacy (“I’m Changing My Life”), and “The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun,” and “I Like 'Em Big and Stupid” for Earth Girls Are Easy, with Julie Brown. As music director of the Groundlings he worked with Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Mindy Sterling, Paul Reubens, Lorraine Newman, Edie McClurg, Cassandra Peterson and Kevin Nealon. He toured as a keyboard player with Lou Reed, John Hammond Jr., and Roy Head, and played on Don Maclean’s American Pie album.
Ray attended Rice University in Houston and taught Music Production for Film & Television at UCLA Extension. He also served as a governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and was on the board of directors of the Film Music Society.