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Multi-talented musician, producer, and songwriter James Ingram is one of contemporary music's premier artists. Working with such greats as Ray Charles, Michael McDonald, Patti Austin, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones, Kenny Rogers and Linda Ronstadt, Ingram has created music of all types, with albums reaching platinum status. With his instantly recognizable vocal style, his rich, soulful sound has endeared him to audiences literally the world over.

  James Ingram - booking information    James Ingram - booking information  A native of Akron, Ohio, James Ingram was exposed to music at an early age. One of six children, he is a self-taught musician who is adept at piano, guitar, bass, drums and synthesizer. "When I was growing up, I really wanted to be Jimmy Smith," he says, referring to the legendary jazz organist.

Using his obvious musical skills, James Ingram became a member of a local band, Revelation Funk, often opening for The Ohio Players. The band headed out to Los Angeles seeking fame and fortune in the early '70s; when things didn't pan out for the funksters, members packed their bags and returned home to Ohio. Keyboard player James Ingram stayed behind and soon found himself working with the great Ray Charles. "He taught me more about this business than anybody in the industry," he says. "Even in my singing, you can hear Ray's influence...stirred up with my own sauce on it."

James did a demo for ATV Music Co. and a person delivered it to Quincy Jones, pitching the song "Just Once." A call from Quincy Jones meant a change of plans and Ingram began a working relationship with the musical icon that spanned several years. Initially, he was featured on several songs for Jones' 1981 multi platinum album "The Dude" which showcased James' talent on "Just Once" and "One Hundred Ways," (Top 10 hits) which garnered James Ingram his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance in 1981, even though no one had ever won a Grammy without having his own album released. "Quincy gave me a chance to be a part of some of the greatest musical projects ever," he recalls. "I gained an enormous amount of experience in the whole musical process from a genius. He always pushed me to write, and I think I was fortunate to be able to share in some of the best music in Quincy's life."

Some of that music included co-writing "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" one of the signature tunes on Michael Jackson's historic 1982 Thriller album (more than 50 million sold). That same year, James signed with Jones' Qwest Records and teamed up with label mate Patti Austin to record "Baby Come To Me," a #1 pop hit. The duo repeated that success in 1983 with "How Do You Keep The Music Playing," featured in the movie "Best Friends" and nominated for both a Grammy Award and an Oscar.

Released in 1983, Ingram's debut album, "It's Your Night," (sold 850,000 copies) included "Yah Mo Be There," (Top 20 pop and Top 5 R&B) a collaboration with Michael McDonald, which went on to earn James his second Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance for a Group or Duo in 1984. That same year, he teamed with Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes to record the Top 20 pop hit "What About Me."

Always in the company of some of the finest musical artists in the world, James Ingram was invited to record "The American Dream Goes On" with conductor John Williams and The Boston Pops Orchestra. He teamed up with Linda Ronstadt for "Somewhere Out There" in 1986, adding an astounding eleventh Grammy nomination to a recording career only in its fifth year.

Switching from Qwest to Warner Bros. Records in 1990 gave birth to yet another hit track produced on James' album "It's Real" by legendary producer and songwriter, Thom Bell. He provided James with his first solo number one pop hit: "I Don't Have The Heart" paving the way for more acclaim and recognition for the powerhouse vocalist. In 1990, James was also featured on "The Secret Garden," the No. 1 R&B hit and gold single from Quincy Jones' multi platinum album, "Back On The Block."

In 1993 James teamed up with Dolly Parton and David Foster to record "The Day I Fall In Love" for the film "Beethoven 2." As co-writer with Carole B. Sager, James earned an Academy Award nomination for "Best Song" in 1994. He and Carole B. Sager repeated the feat by writing "Look What Love Has Done," the love theme from the film "Junior" in 1995, the same year he recorded "When You Love Someone," a duet with Anita Baker featured in the film, "Forget Paris."

In addition to all his corporate performances and activity as a recording artist, James Ingram has performed on an almost annual basis with the "Colors Of Christmas" tour and has been constantly busy with trips to South East Asia: in The Philippines, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia, he's one of the most popular U.S. artists, playing before packed houses, year in and year out. At home, he's also been working with famed choreographer/producer Debbie Allen on a number of projects including "Brothers Of The Night" which played a one-month run at The Kennedy Center in 1998, and a project entitled "The Legend" for which he's been writing material.

In 1999, James began cutting tunes for "Forever More / Best of James Ingram," the debut release for his own Intering Records imprint, distributed through Private Music. In addition to working with Walter (Juni) Morrison, Ingram enlisted up-and-coming producer Julian Jackson for the track "No Need To Say Goodbye," and Swedish producer Lars Enochson for "I Believe In Those Love Songs," recorded with Swedish musicians during a week-long trip to Stockholm.

James Ingram brings down-on-the-ground realness and authenticity to every song he writes, sings or produces. That honest approach to music stems the balance James maintains between his career and his home life. Away from the stage and the recording studio, he is very much a family man: married to wife Debbie for more than twenty-five years and the father of six children, he divides his time between Los Angeles and a ten-acre mountain retreat. "Music's an important part of my life," he notes, "but it's not all my life...my family's my life."

Hit songs include --

  • Baby, Come To Me
  • I Don't Have the Heart
  • How Do You Keep The Music Playing?
  • One Hundred Ways
  • Yah Mo B There
  • Just Once
  • There's No Easy Way
  • It's Real
  • I Wanna Come Back
  • She Loves Me (The Best That I Can Be)
  • Party Animal
  • Where Did My Heart Go
  • A Natural Man (You Make Me Feel Like)
  • Get Ready
  • When Was The Last Time The Music Made You Cry
  • Never Felt So Good

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Genre: R&B
  Styles
   .Adult Contemporary. / AdultContemporary
   .Adult Contemporary R&B. / AdultContemporaryR&B
   .Quiet Storm. / QuietStorm
   .Smooth Soul. / SmoothSoul
   .Crossover Jazz. / CrossoverJazz
   .Urban. / xUrban

Years active
   x70s, x80s, x90s, x00s, x10s

Born: ..in Ohio / born nOhio
         ..in Akron / born AkronOH
           Feb 16, 1956     

Based: ..in US
Based: ..in California / based nCalifornia
           ..in Los Angeles / based LosAngelesCA

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