James Ingram, one of the biggest stars in R&B music in the 1980s and 90s, and a double Grammy winner and two-hour Oscar nominee, is dead in an age of 66 years.
Longtime friend Debbie Allen confirmed the news on Twitter. "I lost my dear friend and creative partner James Ingram to Celestial Choir," she wrote. "He will always be appreciated, loved and remembered for his genius, his love for family and his humanity. I am blessed to be so close. We will speak his name forever."
His first no. 1 pop Here was 1982's "Baby, Come to Me", a duet with Patti Austin. He peaked again in 1990 with "I don't have the heart."
He was known for his audio track work, especially a duet with Linda Ronstadt on "Somewhere Out There" for the 1986 animated film "An American Tail." It reached No. 2 on the pop chart and won Grammy for this year's song (with the prize for songwriters James Horner and Cynthia Weil).
Ingram was nominated for 14 Grammy Awards from 1982 to 1996, where he won R&B performance for "One Hundred Ways" and R&B performance of a duo or group for his collaboration with Michael McDonald, "Yah Mo B There. " Among his other Grammy nicks was a nomination for best new artist.
His Oscar nominations for best original song came in 1994-95 for his theme songs from "Beethoven's 2nd" and "Junior."
He was co-authored by Quincy Jones by one of Michael Jackson's greatest hits, "PYT (Pretty Young Thing)." He re-teamed with Jones and Jackson as he appeared in "We Are The World" all-star charity video and single.
Other chart top charters for Ingram included 1984's "What About Me?", A collaboration with Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes, who reached No. 1 on the adult modern schedule and "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite ), "a cut from Jones" "Back on the Block" album that went to No. 1 at R&B in 1990.
Ingram was a native of Akron and had been a song keyboard player and singer in Los Angeles before He got his big break when Jones heard one of his demos asking him to sing more songs on his "The Dude" Album – which was so popular that Ingram got a best new artist Grammy nomination before he himself had an album of his own.
Ingram was a member of the 1970s group, Revelation Funk, which is renewed primarily for a short appearance in the 1975 cult movie "Dolemite". assumed to have been ill for some time, had not been productive in recent years, his last album, "Stand (in the Light)", which had Jones as a co-producer, was released in 2008. Prior to this he had not released an album since 1993.
Details of an official cause of death or funeral plans have not been released.