Legendary Singer James Ingram Passes Away

The Grammy Winner Was 66 Years Old

January 29, 2019

Soul Singer James Ingram has passed away. No Official details have been released but the news came via a Twitter post from Debbie Allen. 

The 2-time Grammy Winner and 14-time nominee died at the age of 66.

Ouincy Jones and ?uestlove weighed in on the music world's loss...

The Great James Ingram (I always dubbed him “of the notorious Ingram Brothers”—-for his brother Phillip also a monster musician/singer in his own right was in the band Switch...which begat Debarge) was such an awesome talent and occupied a rare space in pop music. He could SAAAAAANG, but under the guidance of Quincy Jones found a music backdrop that allowed him to dwell in spaces meant for Kenny Loggins or Barry Manilow. I mean think about it: he had the smashes of a lifetime #JustOnce #OneHundredWays #SomewhereOutThere #IDontHaveTheHeart #YahMoBeThere #BabyComeToMe (ok I’ll allow #PartyAnimal ------) #Secret Garden #HowDoYouKeepTheMusicPlaying—even as I think about it, Ingram’s career more than anything set the stage for The Chronic (yes Dre & Snoop meaning vocally blllllllack musically digestible)....just stay w me y’all, it was a challenge to enjoy the benefits of a strong arsenal of hits w/o having to ✌--“make it more palatable”✌--to your audience—-(especially in the 80s) cats were catching hell for this.... i mean Johnny Mathis wasn’t exactly singing “do the Hitch Hike”—-and the only SUUUUTERRRN fried soul belter I can think of during that era that had the numbers to back it up was the original proprietor of crossover: Ray Charles. Am I falling into a rabbit whole (yes that’s a pun)—-just hang on y’all I’m tryna say it’s a GIFT to navigate a thin line of EXPLICIT blackness (not in a caricature way but more in a “SPPPPINNNNDIN uurvrey Diiime to keep you taaauuwkin on the line” way) and still occupy a space that the Pendergrass & the Marvin Junior’s of the world never got to enjoy (lemme add Osbourne was right behind him, and no matter how we joke and take for granted Lionel “OWWWWL GUURL” Ritchie was the clear lead but caught some flack) but man literally his entire career he put it down. Even giving us the term “tenderoni” (yep his “you see these cufflinks?” jokes about them Thriller residual “PYT” checks were hilariously legendary amongst circles) as we dwell further into auto tune abyss, his brand (& his brother’s brand) of sho nuffness will be missed DESPERATELY.

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You can browse James Ingram's discography here and listen to his hits such as Baby, Come to MeJust OnceYah Mo B ThereSomewhere Out ThereOne Hundred Ways and more in the playlist below. (Click the upper left corner of the video to expand the playlist.)