Grammy Award winning singer James Ingram died January 29 at the age of 66. While no official cause of death has been revealed, reports are that Ingram died as a result of brain cancer.
Along with his numerous solo hits, Ingram had hit songs with Patti Austin, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Smyth, Dolly Parton, and Michael McDonald. He also worked with Ray Charles, Anita Baker, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, and Nancy Wilson.
Ingram began his career in 1973 not as a solo artist but as a part of Revelation Funk – a band formed with some college mates in Akron. He also played keyboards for Ray Charles, was the keyboard player for The Coasters, and as Leon Haywood’s musical director. Later he collaborated with Quincy Jones; co-writing the Michael Jackson hit “PYT: Pretty Young Thing”, “The Secret Garden”, and was a part of the fund raising song “We Are the World”.
Ingram released his final album in 2008 “Stand (in the Light)”.
Along with a variety of reality competition programs and award shows, Ingram’s music can be heard on numerous films and television programs including “Scandal”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Glee”, “CSI: NY”, “New York Undercover”, “Forget Paris”, “Beethoven’s 2nd”, “City Slickers”, “An American Tail”, “The Color Purple”, “Fast Forward”, and “Best Friends”.
He also made a few appearances as an actor in “End of the Road”, “The Fearless Four”, “Quincy Jones: The Secret Garden”, “An American Tail”, and “Dolemite”. As himself Ingram has appeared on award programs, variety shows, documentaries, talk shows, and various special program presentations.
He was born James Edward Ingram on February 16, 1952 in Akron, Ohio; one of six children born to a Deacon.
Predeceased by his parents Alistine and Henry, Ingram is survived by his wife Debra of 43 years – they married on his birthday – and children
James Ingram discography:
“It’s Your Night”
“Never Felt So Good”
“Stand (in the Light)
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