James Ingram

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James Ingram
James Ingram and Dave Koz.jpg
Ingram with Dave Koz in 2007
Background information
Born(1952-02-16) February 16, 1952 (age 62)
Akron, Ohio, United States
OriginLos Angeles
GenresR&b, crossover jazz, pop, smooth soul, quiet storm
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer,
InstrumentsVocals, piano, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, drums
Years active1973–present
LabelsQwest, Intering
Associated actsRay Charles, Quincy Jones, Michael McDonald
Websitejamesingramsmusic.com
 
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James Ingram
James Ingram and Dave Koz.jpg
Ingram with Dave Koz in 2007
Background information
Born(1952-02-16) February 16, 1952 (age 62)
Akron, Ohio, United States
OriginLos Angeles
GenresR&b, crossover jazz, pop, smooth soul, quiet storm
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer,
InstrumentsVocals, piano, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, drums
Years active1973–present
LabelsQwest, Intering
Associated actsRay Charles, Quincy Jones, Michael McDonald
Websitejamesingramsmusic.com

James Edward Ingram (born February 16, 1952)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He is a two-time Grammy Award-winner and a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song. Since beginning his career in 1973, Ingram has charted eight Top 40 hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart from the early 1980s until the early 1990s, as well as thirteen top 40 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In addition, he charted 22 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart (including two number 1s). He had two No. 1 singles on the Hot 100: the first, a duet with fellow R&B artist Patti Austin, 1982's "Baby, Come to Me" topped the U.S. pop chart in 1983; "I Don't Have the Heart", which became his second number 1 in 1990 was his only number 1 as a solo artist. In between this period he also recorded the song "Somewhere Out There" with fellow recording artist Linda Ronstadt for the animated film An American Tail. The song and the music video both became gigantic hits. Ingram co-wrote "The Day I Fall in Love", from the motion picture Beethoven's 2nd (1993), and singer Patty Smyth's "Look What Love Has Done", from the motion picture Junior (1994), which earned him nominations for Best Original Song from the Oscars, Golden Globe, and Grammy Awards in 1994 and 1995.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born in Akron, Ohio, Ingram lived with his mother and father until he was ten years old, then moved in with his grandmother. He later moved to Los Angeles and played with the funk band Revelation Funk, who made an appearance in the Rudy Ray Moore film Dolemite. He also later played keyboards for Ray Charles before hitting it big. Meanwhile, his younger brother, Phillip Ingram, hit big as a member of the Motown group, Switch.

Career[edit]

In 1981, Ingram provided the vocals to "Just Once" and "One Hundred Ways" on Quincy Jones's album The Dude, which earned him triple Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. "One Hundred Ways" won him the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his work. On December 11, 1981, Ingram appeared as a guest on the Canadian comedy series SCTV (aired on NBC), singing "Just Once".[2] Ingram's debut album, It's Your Night, appeared in 1983, including the ballad "There's No Easy Way". He also worked with other notable artists such as Donna Summer, Ray Charles, Anita Baker, Viktor Lazlo, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, and Kenny Rogers. In October 1990, he scored a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with the love ballad "I Don't Have the Heart",[3] from his It's Real album.

In 1984, Ingram received three Grammy nominations: "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?", (his second duet with recording artist Patti Austin), for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals; the US Top 10 single, "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" for Michael Jackson which he and Quincy Jones co-wrote, for Best R&B Song; and the track "Party Animal" for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. In early 1985, he was again triple nominated, for his debut album for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and its single, "Yah Mo B There" (a duet with fellow R&B musician Michael McDonald), for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group, winning the latter.

Ingram is perhaps best known for his hit collaborations with other vocalists. He went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1983 with Patti Austin on "Baby, Come to Me",[4] a song made popular on TV's General Hospital. A second Austin–Ingram duet, "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?", was featured in the movie Best Friends and earned an Oscar nomination. A few years later, he won a 1985 Grammy Award for "Yah Mo B There", a duet with Michael McDonald. And he teamed up with Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes for the Top 40 ballad "What About Me?" in 1984. In 1985, he participated in the charity single "We Are the World".

Ingram teamed with American vocalist Linda Ronstadt and had a top ten hit in the U.S. and the U.K. in 1987[5] with "Somewhere Out There", the theme from the animated feature film An American Tail. The song was awarded the 1987 Grammy Award for Song of the Year. It also received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. It was one of the last million-selling Gold-certified 45 RPM singles to be issued by the RIAA.

In the 1990s, his highest-profile team-up came again with Quincy Jones, on the song "The Secret Garden". This song also featured vocals by Barry White, El Debarge, and Al B. Sure!.

Soundtrack songs were popular for Ingram in the 1990s. From the movie Sarafina! came "One More Time", and from City Slickers came "Where Did My Heart Go?". In 1991, he and Melissa Manchester did the song The Brightest Star on the cartoon christmas movie Precious Moments Timmy's Gift. In 1993, he and Melissa Manchester did the song The Brightest Star again another cartoon christmas movie Precious Moments Timmy's Special Delivery. His 1994 composition "The Day I Fall in Love", a duet with Dolly Parton, was the theme song for the movie Beethoven's 2nd and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Ingram and Parton performed the song live on the Oscar broadcast. In 1997, he collaborated with Carnie Wilson, writing the song "Our Time Has Come", and lent it to the animated film Cats Don't Dance.

During the summer of 2004, Ingram participated in the U.S. television reality show Celebrity Duets as a duet partner. The show combined professional vocalists, of different musical genre, with entertainers of different backgrounds in a weekly elimination competition. In 2006, he and neo-soul singer Angie Stone teamed up on "My People".

In 2011, Ingram joined Cliff Richard's list of special guest performers on his Soulicious Tour performing at various UK venues during November. He sang two songs from the album with Richard, as well a solo of "Just Once".[6]

In 2012, Ingram appeared as himself in the ABC television show Suburgatory, in the episode entitled "The Motherload". Also in 2012, he was a guest vocalist at Debbie Allen's October 13 live show at the corner of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King Blvd. celebrating the arrival of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, singing R. Kelly's I Believe I Can Fly.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart positions[7][8][9]U.S.
certifications[10]
Record label
USUS
R&B
US
Gospel
UK
1983It's Your Night461025GoldQwest/Warner Bros.
1986Never Felt So Good1233772
1989It's Real11744
1993Always You74
2008Stand6318Intering
"—" denotes the album failed to chart, was not released, or was not certified

Compilation albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart positions[7][8]U.S.
certifications[10]
Record label
USUS
R&B
1991Greatest Hits: The Power of Great Music168GoldQwest/Warner Bros.
1999Forever More (Love Songs, Hits & Duets)16594Private Music
"—" denotes the album failed to chart, was not released, or was not certified

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart positions[7][8][9]Album
USUS
R&B
US
A/C
UK
1981"Just Once" (with Quincy Jones)17117The Dude
"One Hundred Ways" (with Quincy Jones)14105
1982"Baby, Come to Me" (with Patti Austin)733711Every Home Should Have One
"Baby, Come to Me" (with Patti Austin) (re-release)191
1983"How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" (with Patti Austin)4565It's Your Night
"Party Animal"10121
"Yah Mo B There" (with Michael McDonald)1951012
1984"There's No Easy Way"58147
"She Loves Me (The Best That I Can)"5919
"What About Me?" (with Kenny Rogers & Kim Carnes)1557192What About Me?
1985"It's Your Night"25It's Your Night
1986"Always"27Never Felt So Good
"I Just Can't Let Go" (with David Pack & Michael McDonald)13Anywhere You Go
"Never Felt So Good"86Never Felt So Good
"Somewhere Out There" (with Linda Ronstadt)248An American Tail
1987"Better Way"6640Beverly Hills Cop II
1989"It's Real"883It's Real
"I Wanna Come Back"18
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Man"30
1990"The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)" (with Quincy Jones feat. Al B. Sure!, El DeBarge and Barry White)3112667Back on the Block
"I Don't Have the Heart"1532It's Real
"When Was the Last Time the Music Made You Cry"8129
1991"Where Did My Heart Go"23City Slickers
"Get Ready"59The Greatest Hits: The Power of Great Music
1993"Someone Like You"34Always You
1994"The Day I Fall in Love" (with Dolly Parton)3664Beethoven's 2nd
"I Don't Want to Be Alone for Christmas (Unless I'm Alone with You)"A Very Merry Chipmunk
1995"When You Love Someone" (with Anita Baker)1117139Forget Paris
1998"Give Me Forever (I Do)" (with John Tesh)665Pure Movies
1999"Forever More (I'll Be the One)" (with John Tesh)12One World
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not released

Other appearances[edit]

YearSongAlbumArtist
1982"Mystery of Love"Donna SummerDonna Summer
1985"We Are the World"We Are the WorldUSA for Africa
1994"Just Once" (live version)Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume III[11]
1997"Wish You Were Here"If I Had My WayNancy Wilson
1999"What U Give U Get Back"Eye II EyeScorpions
2000"What About Me?"Kenny Rogers & FriendsKenny Rogers
2001"One Gift"In the Spirit: A Christmas AlbumMichael McDonald
2001"If You Really Need Me Now"On the Way to LovePatti Austin

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Ingram has won two Grammy Awards out of fourteen nominations.[12]

YearNominated workCategoryResult
1982James IngramBest New ArtistNominated
"Just Once"Best Male Pop Vocal PerformanceNominated
"One Hundred Ways"Best Male R&B Vocal PerformanceWon
1984"How You Do Keep the Music Playing?" (with Patti Austin)Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with VocalsNominated
"P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"Best R&B Song (songwriting with Quincy Jones)Nominated
"Party Animal"Best Male R&B Vocal PerformanceNominated
1985"Yah Mo B There" (with Michael McDonald)Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with VocalsWon
It's Your NightBest Male R&B Vocal PerformanceNominated
"Yah Mo B There"Best R&B Song (songwriting with Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton and Michael McDonald)Nominated
1988"Somewhere Out There" (with Linda Ronstadt)Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with VocalsNominated
1991"I Don't Have the Heart"Best Male Pop Vocal PerformanceNominated
"The Secret Garden" (with Al B. Sure, El DeBarge and Barry White)Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with VocalsNominated
1995"The Day I Fall in Love"Best Song Written for Visual Media (songwriting with Cliff Magness and Carole Bayer Sager)Nominated
1996"When You Love Someone" (with Anita Baker)Best Pop Collaboration with VocalsNominated

Academy Award nominations[edit]

YearCategoryNominated workResult
1994Best Original Song"The Day I Fall in Love" from Beethoven's 2ndNominated
1995Best Original Song"Look What Love Has Done" from JuniorNominated

Golden Globe Award nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Music Makers James Ingram". The HistoryMakers. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ SCTV Guide, Series 4 Cycle 2, http://sctvguide.ca/episodes/sctv_s42.htm#Show_6, retrieved 12/5/2014.
  3. ^ "The Hot 100 : Oct 20, 1990 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  4. ^ "The Hot 100 : Feb 19, 1983 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  5. ^ "The Hot 100 : Mar 14, 1987 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.com. March 14, 1987. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  6. ^ "Cliff Richard – The Soulicious Tour". Cliff Richard Organisation. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "James Ingram US chart history". billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  8. ^ a b c "James Ingram US chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  9. ^ a b "James Ingram UK chart history". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  10. ^ a b "James Ingram US certifications". http://www.riaa.com. 
  11. ^ "Grammy's Greatest Moments, Volume III: Various Artists". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  12. ^ "The 55th Grammys – Past Winners Search". Grammy.com. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 

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