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James Ingram

James Edward Ingram (born February 16, 1952) 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 1972, Ingram has charted eight Top 40 hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart from the early 1980s 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 2 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 Oscars, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards in 1994 and 1995. Biography edit: Early life 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 the Motown group, Switch. Career edit: 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 Summer, Ray Charles, Anita Baker, Viktor Lazlo, Nancy Wilson, Natalie 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", from his It's Real album. 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", 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 with "Somewhere Out There", the theme from the animated feature film An American Tail. The song was awarded the 1987 Grammy 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 White, El 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". 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 13th 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.)

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