"Just Once" Hitmaker JAMES INGRAM Passes Away At 66
Karen Jane Ng
R&B icon James Ingram has passed away at age 66, his friend Debbie Allen revealed on Twitter.
"I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir," the actress-dancer wrote. "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
TMZ reported that the award-winning singer died after his battle with brain cancer.
A regular fixture on the Valentine's concert scene in the Philippines, James was the voice behind the hits "Just Once", "I Don't Have The Heart", "Somewhere Out There", "How Do You Keep The Music Playing", and "One Hundred Ways". He even co-wrote Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T".
Check out the tribute from the Recording Academy: "Two-time Grammy winner James Ingram was a soulful, chart-topping singer and songwriter. A 14-time Grammy nominee, Ingram earned two Grammy Awards in the 1980s: Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male for 'One Hundred Ways' and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for 'Yah Mo B There,' a duet with Michael McDonald. As a songwriter, he collected several hits with an impressive roster of artists including Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, and the Pointer Sisters, among others. Ingram's rich voice and masterful songwriting has made a lasting impact on the music industry. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones during this difficult time."
Rest in heaven, James.