Jazz great James Ingram has lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 66.
James’ death was announced by his friend Debbie Allen who said, “I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir. He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name”.
I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir. He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name.❤️ pic.twitter.com/TDJfpbbJWa
— Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) January 29, 2019
James Ingram was a two-time Grammy winner and a two-time Academy Award nominee.
James had his first hit as the featured singer of Quincy Jones ‘Just Once’ in 1981.
The following year, ‘Baby Come To Me’ with Patti Austin was a number one hit in the USA.
In 1986, James scored another Top 10 hit with another duet ‘Somewhere Out There’ with Linda Ronstadt. It was the lead song for the movie ‘An American Tail’.
James was also a co-writer for Michael Jackson’s PYT.
James Ingram’s passing has touched the music world.
RIP sweet James Ingram. Hearing your voice sing words and notes I made up is a gift I will cherish always. And I will never forget the laughs.
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) January 29, 2019
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… https://t.co/lzyJ1I232T
— Questlove (In E flat) (@questlove) January 29, 2019
There are no words to convey how much my ❤️ aches with the news of the passing of my baby brother, James Ingram. With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James was simply magical. He was, & always will be, beyond compare. Rest In Peace my baby bro…You’ll be in my ❤️ forever pic.twitter.com/oZtA9h8uZR
— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) January 29, 2019
Today we lost one of the finest people and voices of our time, James Ingram. I’ve personally lost a dear friend. May God Bless his family with strength, unity, and understanding during these times. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 #legend #MemorableVoice #HeavenBound pic.twitter.com/NU0L3NBxua
— Gerald Albright (@GAAlbright) January 29, 2019
R.I.P. James Ingram.
Writing with you, touring with you, recording with you, laughing with you…I will miss you, one hundred ways. @JamesIngram #RIPJamesIngram #RIP #oneofakind #genius #pyt pic.twitter.com/zuHORq2t76
— SIEDAH GARRETT (@SIEDAHGARRETT) January 29, 2019
Today we loose An incredible icon my dear friend Mr. James Ingram. I am going to miss you my friend. Plz pray for the family. Thank u. God bless pic.twitter.com/dr2rSI8j2Q
— SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) January 29, 2019