James Edward Ingram (born February 16, 1952)[1] is an American singer–songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He is a two-time Grammy Award-winner and a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song. Since beginning his career in 1973, Ingram has charted eight Top 40 hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart from the early1980s until the early 1990s, as well charting with thirteen top 40 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In addition, he charted 22 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart(including two number-ones). He has also amassed two number-one singles on the Hot 100. The first, a duet with fellow R&B artist Patti Austin, 1982's "Baby, Come to Me" which top the U.S. pop chart in 1983 and "I Don't Have the Heart", which became his second No. 1 in 1990, his first and only number-one as a solo artist. Ingram co-wrote singer Patty Smyth's "The Day I Fall In Love" from the motion picture Beethoven's 2nd and "Look What Love Has Done", from the motion picture Junior which has earned him nominations for Best Original Song from the OscarsGolden Globe and Grammy Awards in 1994 and 1995.


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Early life[edit]Edit

Born in Akron, Ohio, Ingram lived with his mother and father until he was ten years old, then moved in with his grandmother. He later moved out to Los Angeles and played with the funk band Revelation Funk, who made an appearance in the Rudy Ray Moore film Dolemite. He also later played keyboards for Ray Charles before hitting it big. Meanwhile his younger brother, Phillip Ingram, hit big as a member of theMotown group, Switch.


In 1981, Ingram provided the vocals to "Just Once" and "One Hundred Ways" on Quincy Jones's album The Dude, which earned him triple Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. "One Hundred Ways" won him the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his work on this album. Ingram's debut album, It's Your Night, appeared in 1983, including the ballad "There's No Easy Way." He also worked with other notable artists such as Donna SummerRay CharlesAnita BakerViktor LazloNancy WilsonNatalie Cole, and Kenny Rogers. In October, 1990, he scored a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the love ballad "I Don't Have the Heart",[2] from his It's Realalbum.

In 1984, Ingram received three Grammy nominations: "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?", (his second duet with recording artist Patti Austin) for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals; the US Top 10 single, "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" for Michael Jackson which he and Quincy Jones co-wrote for Best R&B Song; and the track "Party Animal" for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. In early 1985, he was again triple nominated, one for his debut album for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and it's single, "Yah Mo B There" (a duet with fellow R&B musician Michael McDonald) for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group, winning the latter.

Ingram is perhaps best known for his hit collaborations with other vocalists. He went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1983 with Patti Austin on "Baby, Come to Me",[3] a song made popular on TV's General Hospital. A second Austin–Ingram duet, "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?", was featured in the movie Best Friends and earned an Oscar nomination. A few years later, he won a 1985 Grammy Award for "Yah Mo B There", a duet with Michael McDonald. And he teamed up with Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes for the Top 40 ballad "What About Me?" in 1984. In 1985, he participated in the charity single "We Are the World".

Ingram teamed with American vocalist Linda Ronstadt and had a top ten hit in the U.S. and the U.K. in 1987[4] with "Somewhere Out There", the theme from the animated feature film An American Tail. The song was awarded the 1987Grammy Award for Song of the Year. It also received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. It was one of the last million-selling Gold-certified 45 RPM singles to be issued by the RIAA.

In the 1990s, his highest-profile team-up came again with Quincy Jones, on the song "The Secret Garden". This song also featured vocals by Barry WhiteEl Debarge and Al B. Sure!

Soundtrack songs were popular for Ingram in the 1990s. From the movie Sarafina! came "One More Time", and from City Slickers came "Where Did My Heart Go?" His 1994 composition "The Day I Fall in Love", a duet with Dolly Parton, was the theme song for the movie Beethoven's 2nd and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Ingram and Parton performed the song live on the Oscar broadcast.

During the summer of 2004, Ingram participated in the U.S. television reality show Celebrity Duets as a duet partner. The show combined professional vocalists, of different musical genre, with entertainers of different backgrounds in a weekly elimination competition. In 2006, he and neo-soul singer Angie Stone teamed up on "My People".

In 2011, Ingram joined Cliff Richard's list of special guest performers on his Soulicious Tour performing at various UK venues during November. He sang two songs from the album with Richard, as well a solo of "Just Once".[5]

In 2012, Ingram appeared as himself in the ABC television show Suburgatory, in the episode entitled "The Motherload". Also in 2012, he was a guest vocalist at Debbie Allen's October 13 live show at the corner of Crenshaw Blvd and Martin Luther King Blvd celebrating the arrival of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, singing R. Kelly's I Believe I Can Fly. (The shuttle was delayed over five hours in arriving there; to keep the crowd entertained, the performance went on only slightly delayed.)


Studio albums[edit]Edit

Year Album Chart positions[6][7][8] U.S.


Record label


[ US


1983 It's Your Night 46 10 25 Gold Qwest/Warner Bros.
1986 Never Felt So Good 123 37 72
1989 It's Real 117 44
1993 Always You 74
2008 Stand (In the Light) 63 18 Intering
"—" denotes the album failed to chart, was not released, or was not certified

Compilation albums[edit]Edit

Year Album Chart positions[6][7] U.S.


Record label


1991 Greatest Hits: The Power of Great Music 168 Gold Qwest/Warner Bros.
1999 Forever More (Love Songs, Hits & Duets) 165 94 Private Music
"—" denotes the album failed to chart, was not released, or was not certified


Year Single Chart positions[6][7][8] Album


[ US


1981 "Just Once" (with Quincy Jones) 17 11 7 The Dude
"One Hundred Ways" (with Quincy Jones) 14 10 5
1982 "Baby, Come to Me" (with Patti Austin) 73 37 11 Every Home Should Have One
"Baby, Come to Me" (with Patti Austin)(re-release) 1 9 1
1983 "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" (with Patti Austin) 45 6 5 It's Your Night
"Party Animal" 101 21
"Yah Mo B There" (with Michael McDonald) 19 5 10 12
1984 "There's No Easy Way" 58 14 7
"She Loves Me (The Best That I Can)" 59 19
"What About Me?" (with Kenny Rogers & Kim Carnes) 15 57 1 92 What About Me?
1985 "It's Your Night" 25 It's Your Night
1986 "Always" 27 Never Felt So Good
"I Just Can't Let Go" (with David Pack & Michael McDonald) 13 Anywhere You Go
"Never Felt So Good" 86 Never Felt So Good
"Somewhere Out There" (with Linda Ronstadt) 2 4 8 An American Tail
1987 "Better Way" 66 40 Beverly Hills Cop II
1989 "It's Real" 8 83 It's Real
"I Wanna Come Back" 18
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Man" 30
1990 "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)" (with Quincy Jones feat. Al B. Sure!El DeBarge and Barry White) 31 1 26 67 Back on the Block
"I Don't Have the Heart" 1 53 2 It's Real
"When Was the Last Time the Music Made You Cry" 81 29
1991 "Where Did My Heart Go" 23 City Slickers
"Get Ready" 59 The Greatest Hits: The Power of Great Music
1993 "Someone Like You" 34 Always You
1994 "The Day I Fall in Love" (with Dolly Parton) 36 64 Beethoven's 2nd
"I Don't Want to Be Alone for Christmas (Unless I'm Alone with You)" A Very Merry Chipmunk
1995 "When You Love Someone" (with Anita Baker) 111 71 39 Forget Paris
1998 "Give Me Forever (I Do)" (with John Tesh) 66 5 Pure Movies
1999 "Forever More (I'll Be the One)" (with John Tesh) 12 One World
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not released

Other appearances[edit]Edit

Year Song Album
1994 "Just Once" (live version) Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume III[10]
1982 "Mystery of Love" Donna Summer

Awards and nominations[edit]Edit

Grammy Awards[edit]Edit

Ingram has won two Grammy Awards out of fourteen nominations.[11]

Year Recipient Award Result
1982 James Ingram Best New Artist Nominated
"Just Once" Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
"One Hundred Ways" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Won
1984 "How You Do Keep the Music Playing?" (with Patti Austin) Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
"P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" Best R&B Song(songwriting with Quincy Jones) Nominated
"Party Animal" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
1985 "Yah Mo B There" (with Michael McDonald) Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Won
It's Your Night Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
"Yah Mo B There" Best R&B Song(songwriting with Quincy JonesRod Temperton and Michael McDonald) Nominated
1988 "Somewhere Out There" (with Linda Ronstadt) Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
1991 "I Don't Have the Heart" Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
"The Secret Garden" (with Al B. SureEl DeBarge and Barry White) Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
1995 "The Day I Fall In Love" Best Song Written for Visual Media(songwriting with Cliff Magness and Carole Bayer Sager) Nominated
1996 "When You Love Someone" (with Anita Baker) Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Nominated

Academy Award nominations[edit]Edit

Year Award category Nominated work Result
1994 Best Original Song "The Day I Fall In Love" from Beethoven's 2nd Nominated
1995 Best Original Song "Look What Love Has Done" from Junior Nominated

Golden Globe Award nominations[edit]Edit

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