R&B star James Ingram has died aged 66 | News - Music Crowns

R&B star James Ingram has died aged 66

Grammy-award winning R&B artist James Ingram has died aged 66.

According to a report from TMZ, the singer had been battling brain cancer.

Ingram won two Grammy awards throughout his career; in 1982, he accepted best male R&B vocal performance for his work on the Quincy Jones ‘One Hundred Ways’.

Three years later he took home a Grammy for best R&B performance by a group or duo with vocals on ‘Yah Mo B There’, a collaboration with the Doobie Brothers’ Michael McDonald.

Ingram also boasted two No 1 singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart: his 1982 collaboration with Patti Austin, ‘Baby, Come to Me’ and his 1990 solo track ‘I Don’t Have the Heart’.

Ohio-born Ingram began his career as a keyboardist for Ray Charles, going on to collaborate with the ilk of Donna Summer, Anita Baker, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

A frequent collaborator with Jones, Ingram worked on Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller track, ‘PYT (Pretty Young Thing)’ and sang on the Jones produced Africa charity single, ‘We Are The World’.

Speaking to Jet magazine in 1985, Ingram described how much working with the pair meant to him: “It’s almost like I got the chance to go to Oz, and Quincy was the Wizard of Oz and Michael Jackson was who he was dealing with in his world, Their work ethic is unbelievable.”

In a statement to Billboard about Ingram’s passing, Jones’ wrote: “With that soulful, whiskey-sounding voice, James Ingram was simply magical … Every beautiful note that James sang pierced your essence and comfortably made itself at home. But it was really no surprise, because James was a beautiful human being, with a heart the size of the moon. James Ingram was, and always will be, beyond compare.”

Madeleine Dunne

While studying multimedia journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University, Madeleine began writing for several publications including Transistor, Vegan Connections, and GigSlutz. In 2018, she became the music editor for Vegan Connections before joining the Music Crowns team as a staff writer and digital assistant. @kohlgrrl

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