Grammy-Winning R&B Singer James Ingram Dies At 66


James Ingram, a Grammy winner known for his soulful R&B hits, has died, his friends and colleagues said Tuesday. He was 66 years old.

“I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir,” performer Debbie Allen tweeted. “He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity.”

A native of the US state of Ohio, Ingram launched his music career with the band Revelation Funk and later played keyboard for soul pioneer Ray Charles.

His rise to fame came after he lent his smooth vocals to the songs “Just Once” and “One Hundred Ways” on an album recorded by industry legend Quincy Jones.

Ingram earned three Grammy nominations for the works, including Best New Artist, winning for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1981.

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 22, 2008, singers James Ingram and Patti Austin perform onstage at the ASCAP Pied Piper award celebration in honor of Quincy Jones at the Nokia Theatre in New York City. Ingram, a Grammy winner known for his soulful R&B hits, has died, his friend and colleague said on January 29, 2019. He was 66 years old. Brad Barket / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

With Jones, he also co-wrote Michael Jackson’s hit “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).”

“There are no words to convey how much my <3 aches,” tweeted Jones. “With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James was simply magical.”

“He was, & always will be, beyond compare.”

Over his career, Ingram was nominated for 14 Grammys along with two Golden Globes and two Oscars, one for his duet with singer Patti Austin, “How Do you Keep the Music Playing?” that was featured in the movie “Best Friends.”

Ingram also joined singer Linda Ronstadt to perform the song “Somewhere Out There” from the 1986 animated musical adventure film “An American Tail,” which sees a family of Jewish Russian mice flee to the United States.

He also collaborated with high-profile artists including Donna Summer, Viktor Lazlo and Natalie Cole.

“Ingram’s rich voice and masterful songwriting has made a lasting impact on the music industry,” the Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammys, said in a statement. “Our thoughts go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.”


Hip Hop, R&B Surpass Rock As Biggest U.S. Music Genre

Hip-hop and R&B surpassed rock for the first time in 2017 as the biggest music genre in the United States, but British artist Ed Sheeran’s romantic pop album “Divide” was the year’s biggest single draw, according to a Nielsen Music report.

Powered by a 72 percent increase in on-demand audio streaming, eight of the top 10 albums came from the world of rap or R&B, including Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN,” Drake’s “More Life” and “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars, according to Nielsen Music’s 2017 year-end report, released on Wednesday.

Rap and R&B also dominate the Grammy awards later in January, with rapper Jay-Z and Lamar leading nominations.

In a reflection of the demise of rock among young people, the Coachella music festival line-up announced earlier this week featured no rock headliner for the first time in the 19-year history of the three-day Southern California event.

Pop star Taylor Swift had the biggest album of 2017 in terms of sales with “Reputation,” with 1.9 million units sold, Nielsen said. The album, Swift’s first in three years, was kept off streaming for the first three weeks after its release in November.

But it was Sheeran whose music dominated radio, digital and streaming in 2017. “Divide” notched up 2.7 million units, including sales and streaming activity, and the 26-year-old singer-songwriter’s single “Shape of You” spent 33 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and was streamed one billion times.

Billboard charts tally units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

Vinyl sales surged for the 12th year in a row – up 9 percent in 2017 -, especially among older fans. The top-selling vinyl albums were The Beatles “Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” powered by a 50th-anniversary reissue, and the British band’s 1969 release, “Abbey Road.”

Video: Oshiomole celebrates re-election with Azonto dance

The re-elected governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomole rocked the Azonto dance step with R&B singer Chuddy K at a victory party put together at the King’s Square Benin City.

The R&B singer Chuddy K while performing his hit single “Gaga Crazy” got the governor dancing the popular Azonto step hereby thrilling the crowd.

Mr Oshiomhole polled a landslide victory in all the recent Edo State election with 477,478 votes-73.72 per cent of 647,698 total votes cast-to defeat his closest rival, Charles Airhiarvbere of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He was before now the former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has earned a second term in office following his election in the 2007 general election.