Singer James Ingram dead at 66

Debbie Allen with James Ingram (Image courtesy of @msdebbieallen
Debbie Allen with James Ingram (Photo source: Twitter – @msdebbieallen )

Soul singer James Ingram has died of brain cancer.

The Grammy Award-winning artist, who was a father of six, was renowned for collaborative hits like “Baby Come To Me”, “Somewhere Out There” and “Secret Garden” as well as solo hits “Just Once” and “One Hundred Ways.”

Ingram, who was born in Akron, Ohio, was also a successful songwriter, credited with co-writing the worldwide hit “P.Y.T.” for Michael Jackson and worked with many other artists as a singer and songwriter, including Ray Charles, Kenny Rogers, Natalie Cole and Nancy Wilson.

Actress, dancer and director Debbie Allen tweeted about Ingram’s death this afternoon.

“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 so blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name,” she wrote.

Singer Siedah Garrett, best known for recording “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” with Michael Jackson, also tweeted about the loss of Ingram:

“Writing with you, touring with you, recording with you, laughing with you … I will miss you, one hundred ways.”

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