In an interview in 2000, James Ingram revealed that all that he wanted in his lifetime was to leave a legacy of memorable songs.
The Akron, Ohio native believed that his plan was a challenging one. Nevertheless, it was what he said he wholeheartedly desired to happen.
Ingram’s mission in life may have been realized as he was finally able to find peace on Tuesday at the age of 66 years old.
The multi-awarded R&B performer reportedly began to rest for good following his battle with brain cancer.
After his passing, it is quite difficult for people not to recall his chart-topping songs. Ingram may not have recorded plenty of albums under his own name.
However, his songs can still be heard in films, on the radio, and have been occasionally sampled by today’s artists, giving Ingram the enduring impact that he was seeking.
Coming from a musical family, with his younger brother, Phillip, a founding component of Switch, an R&B group, Ingram began his singing career when he was a University of Akron student.
He performed with his local band named Revelation Funk. In 1973, Ingram searched for more singing opportunities and landed himself in Los Angeles, California where he cemented his career as a balladeer.
Having a robust emotive tenor, the suave and soulful vocalist eventually metamorphosed into one of the most famous R&B and pop music stars in the 1980s and the 1990s.
“Baby, Come to Me,” Ingram’s duet with jazz singer, Patti Austin, earned him the top spot in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1982.
Another of his Billboard chart-topping song is “I Don’t Have a Heart” in 1990.
For the animated movie, “An American Tail,” Ingram won the 1987 Grammy Song of the Year prize when he sang “Somewhere Out There” with pop singer, Linda Ronstadt.
The film’s theme also reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1986.
Ingram, who also worked as a record producer, instrumentalist, and a songwriter, was recommended for 14 Grammy awards, including Best New Artist, from 1982 through 1996.
He bagged the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his song, “One Hundred Ways” in 1982.
In addition, he won the 1985 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Yah Mo B There” which was his collaboration with five-time Grammy winner, Michael McDonald.
Along with record producer Quincy Jones, Ingram co-authored one of the famous songs by Michael Jackson, titled “P. Y. T. (Pretty Young Thing).”
He also appeared in the star-studded charity video for the song, “We Are the World” in 1985.
In his lifetime, more unforgettable songs were written as Ingram also collaborated with other well-known artists like Pointer Sisters, Ray Charles, George Benson, Donna Summer, and Natalie Cole.