"A Song for Chi" is an instrumental alternative metal song recorded by several high profiled rock and metal musicians to raise money for poet and Deftones bassist Chi Cheng who was involved in a car accident in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 4, 2008 which left Cheng in a coma, later it was revealed that Cheng had come into a state of minimal consciousness. Since Cheng's insurance company stopped paying for his treatment in mid-January Cheng's family have been facing financial problems, all profits from the song will go directly to Cheng and his family. Cheng died in April 2013.
The project was initiated by fellow bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu of Korn in May 2009, besides himself Arvizu revealed that former Army of Anyone and current Korn drummer Ray Luzier, Slipknot's Jim Root, Sevendust's Clint Lowery and former Korn guitarist Brian Welch would also be recording for the project. The project would also be the first collaboration between Welch and any of his former band mates since his departure from the band in 2005. Recordings for the song continued to take place at various venues and studios throughout the world during Korn's Escape From the Studio Tour. On June 8 Machine Head's Dave McClain recorded drums for the song on stage in Berlin before Machine Head opened for Korn. On June 17 Sevendust's Morgan Rose and Clint Lowery recorded drums and guitars respectively in Paris. At the Sonisphere Festival in the Netherlands former Ozzy Osbourne and current Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo recorded bass for the song. Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage tracked guitars for the song on June 24 in San Sebastian, Spain. On June 28 Hatebreed guitarist Wayne Lozinak recorded for the song backstage at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium. Former Korn guitarist Brian Welch and his former bandmate James Shaffer recorded guitars for the song on June 1 and 6 respectively. In addition to these recordings musicians such as Mike Wengren, Noah Bernardo and Sid Wilson also recorded for the song. The music was produced by Fieldy along with StillWell's Q-Unique and mixed by Jim Monti. The song is available for free via music download on its official website where donations are also accepted. All proceeds will go directly to Cheng and his family.