James Ingram

James Edward Ingram (February 16, 1952 – January 29, 2019) was an American vocalist, lyricist, record maker, and instrumentalist. He was a two-time Grammy Award-victor and a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song.

Since starting his vocation in 1973, Ingram had graphed eight Top 40 hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart from the early 1980s until the early 1990s, just as thirteen best 40 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs outline. What’s more, he diagrammed 20 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart (including two number-ones).

James Ingram
James Ingram

He had two number-one singles on the Hot 100: the first, a duet with fellow R&B artist Patti Austin, 1982’s “Child, Come to Me” bested the U.S. pop graph in 1983; “I Don’t Have the Heart”, which turned into his second number-one in 1990 was his solitary number-one as a performance craftsman. In the middle of these hits, he likewise recorded the tune “In the distance” with individual chronicle artist Linda Ronstadt for the enlivened film An American Tail. The tune and the music video both ended up monstrous hits. Ingram co-stated “The Day I Fall in Love”, from the movement picture Beethoven’s 2nd (1993), and singer Patty Smyth’s “Look What Love Has Done”, from the movement picture Junior (1994), which earned him assignments for Best Original Song from the Oscars, Golden Globes, and Grammy Awards in 1994 and 1995.

Life story

Early life

Conceived in Akron, Ohio, Ingram lived with his mom and father until the point that he was 10 years of age, at which time he moved in with his grandma. He later moved to Los Angeles and played with the band Revelation Funk, which showed up in the Rudy Ray Moore film Dolemite. He likewise later played consoles for Ray Charles before getting to be popular. In the mean time, his more youthful brother, Phillip Ingram, ended up noticeable as an individual from the Motown group Switch.


In 1981, Ingram gave the vocals to “Simply Once” and “One Hundred Ways” on Quincy Jones’ album The Dude, which earned him triple Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. “One Hundred Ways” won him the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his work. On December 11, 1981, Ingram showed up as a visitor on the Canadian satire series SCTV (aired on NBC), singing “Only Once”. Ingram’s presentation album, It’s Your Night, showed up in 1983, including the song “There’s No Easy Way”. He additionally worked with other outstanding specialists such as Donna Summer, Ray Charles, Anita Baker, Viktor Lazlo, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, and Kenny Rogers. In October 1990, he scored a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with the adoration song “I Don’t Have the Heart”, from his It’s Real album.

In 1984, Ingram got three Grammy nominations: “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” (his second two part harmony with chronicle artist Patti Austin), for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals; the US Top 10 single, “P.Y.T. (Quite Young Thing)” for Michael Jackson which he and Quincy Jones co-composed, for Best R&B Song; and the track “Gathering Animal” for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. In mid 1985, he was again triple designated, for his debut album for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and its single, “Yah Mo B There” (a two part harmony with fellow R&B musician Michael McDonald), for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group, winning the last mentioned.

James Ingram
James Ingram

Ingram is maybe best known for his hit joint efforts with different vocalists. He scored a No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 diagram in February 1983 with Patti Austin on the two part harmony “Child, Come to Me”, a tune made well known on TV’s General Hospital. A second Austin– Ingram two part harmony, “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?”, was included in the movie Best Friends and earned an Oscar selection. A couple of years after the fact, he won a 1985 Grammy Award for “Yah Mo B There”, a two part harmony with Michael McDonald. Furthermore, he collaborated with Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes for the Top 40 number “Shouldn’t something be said about Me?” in 1984. In 1985, he took an interest in the philanthropy single “We Are the World”.

Ingram collaborated with American vocalist Linda Ronstadt and had a main ten hit in the U.S. also, the U.K. in 1987 with “In the distance”, the topic from the energized highlight film An American Tail. The melody was granted the 1987 Grammy Award for Song of the Year. It likewise received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. It was one of the last million-offering Gold-ensured 45 RPM singles to be issued by the RIAA.

During the 1990s, his most astounding profile collaborate came back again with Quincy Jones, on the melody “The Secret Garden”. This tune likewise included vocals by Barry White, El Debarge, and Al B. Beyond any doubt!.

Soundtrack melodies were famous for Ingram during the 1990s. From the movie Sarafina! came “Once again”, and from City Slickers came “Where Did My Heart Go?”. In 1991, he and Melissa Manchester performed the tune “The Brightest Star” on the animation Christmas movie Precious Moments Timmy’s Gift. In 1993, he and Melissa Manchester again banded together to play out the tune “The Brightest Star” for one more animation Christmas movie Precious Moments Timmy’s Special Delivery.

James Ingram
James Ingram

Ingram’s 1994 sythesis “The Day I Fall in Love”, a two part harmony with Dolly Parton, was the signature melody for the movie Beethoven’s 2nd and was designated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Ingram and Parton played out the tune live on the Oscar communicate. In 1997, he teamed up with Carnie Wilson, composing the tune “Our Time Has Come”, and loaned it to the energized film Cats Don’t Dance.

Amid the mid year of 2004, Ingram took part in the U.S. TV reality show Celebrity Duets as a two part harmony accomplice. The show joined proficient vocalists, of various melodic kind, with performers of various foundations in a week by week disposal rivalry. In 2006, he and neo-soul singer Angie Stone teamed up on “My People”.

In 2011, Ingram joined Cliff Richard’s rundown of uncommon visitor entertainers on his Soulicious Tour performing at different UK settings amid November. He sang two melodies from the collection with Richard, also a performance of “Just Once”.

In 2012, Ingram showed up as himself in the ABC TV show Suburgatory, in the scene entitled “The Motherload”. Additionally in 2012, he was a visitor vocalist at Debbie Allen’s October 13 live show at the corner of Crenshaw Blvd. what’s more, Martin Luther King Blvd. celebrating the landing of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, singing R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”.


Ingram passed on January 29, 2019, from brain malignancy, matured 66, at his home in Los Angeles. Choreographer– actress Debbie Allen announced his demise on her official Twitter page.


Studio collections

Year Title Chart positions U.S.

certifications[ Record name



Gospel UK

1983 It’s Your Night 46 10 — 25 Gold Qwest/Warner Bros.

1986 Never Felt So Good 123 37 — 72 —

1989 It’s Real 117 44 — — —

1993 Always You — 74 — — —

2008 Stand — 63 18 — — Intering

“— ” indicates the collection neglected to graph, was not discharged, or was not guaranteed

Gathering collections

Year Title Chart positions U.S.

certifications Record name



1991 Greatest Hits: The Power of Great Music 168 — Gold Qwest/Warner Bros.

1999 Forever More (Love Songs, Hits and Duets) 165 94 — Private Music

“— ” signifies the collection neglected to outline, was not discharged, or was not affirmed