Singer-songwriter and report producer James Ingram has died, in response to TMZ and his longtime buddy, actress Debbie Allen. TMZ studies he handed away following a battle with mind most cancers. He was 66 years outdated.
Born in Ohio, Ingram started enjoying music from a younger age, performing in a band referred to as Revolution Funk within the 1970s. The group decamped to California for 2 years, with Ingram deciding to pursue his profession in Los Angeles as a substitute of going again to Ohio. Soon, he was enjoying and singing in periods for artists akin to Ray Charles and Marvin Gaye. Things took an enormous flip in 1980, when Ingram was found by Quincy Jones, who featured him prominently on his 1980 album The Dude.
Ingram would rating three Grammy nominations for his work on The Dude, which marked his debut as a solo artist. He gained the award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, for “One Hundred Ways,” in 1982. After extra collaborations with Quincy (together with Michael Jackson’s Thriller lower “P.Y.T.”) and artists akin to Patti Austin, he teamed with Michael McDonald on “Yah Mo B There,” a duet that may each of them the Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1985.
The subsequent decade would see Ingram dive into movie work, composing authentic songs for films akin to Sarafina!, Beethoven’s 2nd (with Dolly Parton), An American Tail, Beverly Hills Cop II, and others. His remaining album as a recording artist, Stand (In the Light), was launched in 2018.