AMERICAN star singer and producer, James Ingram has died in Los Angeles at the age of 66.
The R&B singer and multiple Grammy Award winner, and Oscar-nominee, according to reports died of cancer.
One of the outstanding vocalists of pop music, Ingram had a peculiar vocal trademark. He also wrote evergreen songs, among them, smooth soul ballads Baby Come To Me (1986) and I Don’t Have The Heart (1990). He also co-wrote Michael Jackson’s PYT with Quincy Jones..
In his statement after Ingram’s death, the frontline American music producer Jones said: “There are no words to convey how much my heart aches with the news of the passing of my baby brother James Ingram.
“With that soulful, whisky-sounding voice, James Ingram was simply magical.”
Born in Ohio in 1952, Ingram later moved to Los Angeles and began his career with the band Revelation Funk. He also played keyboards for Ray Charles before his own musical career took off.
He performed vocals on Quincy Jones’ 1981 album The Dude and won the Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Grammy for the song One Hundred Ways the following year, when he was also nominated for Best New Artist.
Ingram won his second Grammy for the song Yah Mo B There which he sang with Michael McDonald . Among his best known numbers are Somewhere Out There, a duet with Linda Ronstadt from the children’s film An American Tail and Look What Love Has Done.
He received Oscar nominations in 1994 and 1995 for The Day I Fall In Love, a duet with Dolly Parton from Beethoven’s 2nd, and Look What Love Has Done, from the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy Junior.
Ingram was also among the hitmakers and A-listers who came together as USA for Africa and the most ubiquitous and inescapable song of 1985, We Are the World. In the hit song he closed the anthem along with the legendary Ray Charles.
His is survived by his wife, Debra.