James Ingram

Grammy-winning musician James Ingram has died at age 66. His death was announced by his close friend, actress Debbie Allen on her Twitter page on Tuesday, Jan. 29. No cause of death was given.

The two-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and music producer is best known for his platinum-selling duets such as "One Hundred Ways" with Quincy Jones, "Baby, Come to Me" with Pattie Austin, and "Yah Mo B There" with Michael McDonald.

He began his career in 1973 with the band Revelation Funk. He later played keyboards for Ray Charles.

Before becoming famous in his own right, Ingram's younger brother, Phillip Ingram, hit the top of the charts as a member the '70s R&B group Switch.

In 1981, Ingram was tapped by composer Quincy Jones to sing the lead on "One Hundred Ways" off Quincy's jazz album The Dude. "One Hundred Ways" earned Ingram his first Grammy Award.

Ingram went on to work with other established superstars, including Donna Summer, Anita Baker, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers and more.

In 1984, Ingram scored three Grammy nominations for his duet with Patti Austin, "How Do You Keep the Music Playing"; "PYT (Pretty Young Thing", for Michael Jackson, a top 10 single which he and Quincy co-wrote, and his track "Party Animal".

In Oct. 1990, Ingram scored a No. 1 hit with the love ballad "I Don't Have the Heart", from his It's Real album.

Ingram also teamed up with vocalist Linda Ronstadt with "Somewhere Out There", a top 10 hit in the US and the UK.

James Ingram - One Hundred Ways


James Ingram - I Don't Have the Heart


James Ingram & Patti Austin - Baby, Come to Me

Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images

  • Vonn

    RIP James. I Don't Have The Heart.

  • Topic Influencer

    Awe MAN! RIP sir. His signature high note in Secret Garden is my fave part! So much music!

  • Coy little wink

    RIP...from my hometown ?

  • Blue

    Awww man ...



  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    RIP!! Too young ?

  • Yui

    Okay, I’m sad. He was one of my favorites. RIP, sir. Your legacy will continue to flourish.

  • Fire & Ice

    Yes, when he hits that high note OMG. He hits that same note on ya mo be there. One of my favorites by James, featuring Michael McDonald. This is such sad news ?

  • Fire & Ice

    And it remained in tact over the years.

  • Parent

    RIP! Thank you for your amazing contribution to music.

    Ahhh remember the days when music was good. Men serenaded women and made them feel special and beautiful. Miss those days.

  • tia

    Very distinguished voice. We'll miss you so much! Rest in eternal peace Mr. Ingram!

  • Bashi22

    Your energy will never die forever ?

  • rockstar2142

    TMZ is saying it’s brain cancer. R.I.P mr. Ingram.

  • Fire & Ice

    Those days are long gone. Glad I was born in a generation, that got to experience this.

  • Karen Brady

    RIP James and thank you. Way too young to go.

  • Parent

    Me too!

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  • Lady_Elle

    RIP such a nice voice.... I can close my eyes and hear him sing!
    One Hundred Ways....

  • OvertheMississippi

    Just read brain cancer.

  • Seldomseen

    Legend, loved so many of his ballads. Rest Easy.

  • hi-liter

    Yah Mo Beeeeeeeeeeee There!!!......one of my favorites....

  • hi-liter

    Yah Mo Beeeeeeeeeeee There!!!......one of my favorites....

  • dru and neil

    I was just listening to “Ya Mo Be There” the other day wondering if it was a local dialect/pidgin for “I’m on the way” maybe?

  • dru and neil

    I was just listening to “Ya Mo Be There” the other day wondering if it was a local dialect/pidgin for “I’m on the way” maybe?

  • hi-liter

    It was a gospel song I believe.

  • hi-liter

    It was a gospel song I believe.

  • Nik

    It means "God Will be There". Yah is a another way to reference God/Yahweh.

  • Nik

    It means "God Will be There". Yah is a another way to reference God/Yahweh.

  • Ebony Starr

    RIP James!!

  • Ebony Starr

    RIP James!!

  • dru and neil

    Thank you, I wouldn’t have guessed that at all. ??

  • justlooking


    Find One Hundred Ways....LOVE HER TODAY.

    So many memories......Looking at Soul Train. Cleaning up on Saturdays Mornings.

    My heart aches. RIP SIR

  • http://www.id820534.sexylfx.website Readytochokemothernatureout

    His voce was awesome and he was so handsome. Rest in peace fuk csncer https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/185953866ca78c78b5e80e6cf6d1ed2224398960272a24147703cd80a9d97ea3.jpg

  • justlooking

    Me too! I'm over hear crying my eys out.

  • hi-liter


    This song is a great message for these days and times.

  • dru and neil

    Me too! ??

  • Wyteprivilege

    What he did on “The Secret Garden”?! Whew!!! God rest his soul.

  • Yardgirl

    Awww man!! RIP James you were a classy dude. Cancer sucks??

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  • dru and neil

    Three great artists behind this incredible song!

  • Fire & Ice

    Such sad news. Just got through listening to I don't have the heart and yah mo be there ?

  • Dahl

    Brain cancer. This is so sad, he was such a talent...

  • justlooking

    Listen, I'm trying to get myself together. It always the great ones.

  • BRuhman_Vista

    "Just Once" was my favorite James Ingram ballad.

  • Fire & Ice

    Yes it's always the greats!

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    thanks for that. brain cancer. wow.

  • Fire & Ice

    He will be missed dearly.

  • joel adams

    Oh ok that lightskin dude that yells when he sang. Rip.

  • HoneyHitchcock

    RIP Mr. Ingram and thank you for sharing your gift with us.

  • KcoolMuziq

    This explains why James didn’t attend the Quincy Jones tribute I went to last year . Which left Patti Austin doing the duet “Baby Cum To Me” by herself mimicking James part brilliantly.

    JAMES sadly died of brains cancer.

  • shauna

    Has anyone read in today's paper where Israeli researchers claim they will have cured cancer in a year? That's wonderful news if true, but how soon do you think there will be a mysterious car crash/unexplained accident or suicide before that cure finds its way to the public?

  • Renee26

    RIP... All great contributions to music

  • duane leonard

    RIP JAMES. Very talented family. Glad this article got it right by mentioning his brother Philip.

  • Topic Influencer

    Yasss. That high note is chill inducing. Dub14 asked me my all time fave songs list not too long ago. THAT is on there.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Wow! RIP Mr. Ingram. I was just talking about him with Claire Huctable a couple of weeks ago.

  • Wreckognize Game

    I was telling Claire H that I was looking for Jeffrey Osborne when Find 100 ways was sung but it was James Ingram’s song with his handsome self.

  • Marlika

    He died from a rare form of Brain cancer according to TMZ.

  • Fire & Ice

    That's my favorite part of secret garden. He came in hitting that high note and it was over. That right there alone, took that song to the next level.

  • kree

    Wow...May he rest in peace

  • EasyBreezy

    Reports say he died of rain cancer. RIP

  • ClaireHuxtable

    What a musical powerhouse!! I hope he rests in Peace because his gifts will go on forever.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I didn't know they were brothers but see the resemblance.

  • Logan Roberts

    RIP James. So handsome & talented. I will always associate Luke and Laura with 'Baby, come to me'?

  • Topic Influencer

    It was also song playing the day he met Holly (Emma Sams gorgeous self). He was taking a walk trying to get over Laura. Holly was swimming naked in the lake. I miss the 80s!

  • PlayerP

    There are several cures for cancer already...one modality was right here in the u s. They moved to Mexico to avoid all the bureaucracy, same with Dr. Sebi, Honduras. Another Dr. in Australia started a modality that is working wonders for all manner of illnesses and deficiencies - it is now being practiced in the u s as well.

  • cristalle1

    Rest in peace, so talented. Those are and will always remain some of my favorite songs. I wish I could have seen him perform those amazing songs live.

  • PlayerP

    RIP...prayers up to his family.

  • Mz_Opinionated

    Is he the 1st one to go in 2019? ?? Such a shame... honestly

  • Chicagowise

    In my mind, I wanted James to marry Anita Baker.


  • Jack Blakk

    RIP, Brother James. A great many times over voice associated with great clean, heart warning music!

  • Li-Wright

    OH NO!!! Too young.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    My shyt

  • *ConcreteFlower*

    Class act. Rest in power! I have his greatest hits cd.

  • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

    THIS is the one, soon as I saw this headline I instantly thot of this here.

  • duane leonard

    Oh yes. Philip from Switch. Philip could bring it too.

  • Coy little wink

    Is this from Aladdin?

  • Chicagowise

    When I saw the headline here, I almost dropped my phone! Very sad and shocking news.

  • hottlanta

    OMG. What happened to love songs. RIP my man.

  • Luv R

    My childhood would have lacked real meaning without James Ingram's music. My mother blasted him, Patricia, Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, Tedy Pendagrass, etc... So sad he has passed... #HeWillBeResurrected

  • hottlanta

    Betta say it. Drop dem draws in a minute.

  • http://www.id820534.sexylfx.website Readytochokemothernatureout

    An American Tail I think if memory serves me correctly.

  • Nikki J

    One Hundred Ways will forever be my favorite song. RIP Sir

  • AllIN19

    When music was good and meaningful. He was still handsome, rest King..

  • yvette46

    Rest easy in your Secret Garden Mr. Ingram..

  • currvalicious

    Damn TMZ be knowing.

  • leapyearpisces

    Lord, let me go check on my mama. THAT was her husband in her head. I thought James Ingram was my real deddy until I was about 7, and that my real deddy was my srep deddy. LMAO!!!! I can't blame her, that mam was fione, sexy, debonair, smooth, and voice was so mellow yet strong. Now! That was the kang of R&B. RIP, sir. I wonder how Patti Austin doing. I used to think they were married when I was small. Great music. How do you keep the music playing one of my top 10.

  • leapyearpisces

    mine too!!!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Such a beautiful and soulful voice... RIP Brother.?

  • Michelle

    Brain cancer

  • brooks hill

    grew up to Q and his musical talents. he let james and patti shine. WDASFM in philly played him all the time. RIP james

  • abby500

    Beautiful great vocalist

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  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    This man music rotates in ny house, car, family functions....truly a great artist. Condolences to the family ??

  • R in NYC

    One of the best. Back when R and B was great and singers could actually sing.

  • oshh16

    God bless his soul. His music was very big part of my childhood.

  • Kimocha

    This is so sad!... I was a big fan of his and always thought he was so FINE!!!... May he RIP!

  • SpiceGirl

    Rest easy Mr. James

  • BeUtFullSoul

    I love me some James Ingram!!! His Voice, His look, ..just a Sexy Grown Man!
    May he R.I.Paradise.

  • Harley

    I was close with his family. This hurts

  • Lindac

    There was a cause of death given. It stated that he had "brain cancer." We will miss him and thank his family for all the good music that he gave us.

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    I was just about to post this.

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    I was just about to post this.

  • ???TheRider???

    I truly believe tmz works in every coroners office and courthouse.

  • ???TheRider???

    I truly believe tmz works in every coroners office and courthouse.

  • jwoo250

    Omg I love his song," I Don't Have The Heart." Will be listening to it today

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I read, Brain Cancer.
    He looks like he has jaundice in the first picture.

  • ?jessica?

    Aww sorry to hear this. My mom loves his music. He was a handsome older kat-zaddy

  • Chocolate Bliss

    RIP James! I will never let your music die.

  • shauna

    I know there are lots of things claiming to be cancer cures but I'm not familiar with anything showing date reflecting consistent results. I.E. there was a disease called polio once upon a time and it has been cured. People are still getting and dying from cancer all over the world. And I don't know any patients of Dr. Sebi's personally to know that he cured them of "incurable" diseases.

  • Ajavee

    One of my fave songs!

  • Sunshine ///

    Rest In Peace, James Ingram! The Secret Garden collaboration is still one of my favorites.