R&B Legend James Ingram dead at 66

Choreographer Debbie Allen shared the news on Twitter.

James IngramJames Ingram has died at the age of 66.

According to TMZ , the Grammy-winning R&B singer and songwriter passed away after a long battle with brain cancer.

Fame choreographer Debbie Allen shared the news on Twitter Tuesday (January 29), writing, “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.❤️”

Over the course of his career, James achieved eight Top 40 hits, two of which — his 1991 duet with Patti Austin , “Baby, Come to Me,” and his 1989 hit “I Don’t Have the Heart” — went No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  The Two-time Grammy award winner was a soulful, chart-topping singer and songwriter and earned the 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. James is also known for co-writing Michael Jackson ‘s smash hit, “P.Y.T.”

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