Grammy-winning R&B singer James Ingram has died at age 66, according to a post shared by his friend and creative partner Debbie Allen, and his many famous friends and admirers are paying tribute to the soul legend.
During his decades-long career, Ingram moved many with his soulful voice, earning two Grammys and two No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. He also helped write songs recorded by Michael Jackson and Ray Charles.
Frequent collaborator Quincy Jones -- Ingram was a co-writer on Michael Jackson's top 10 Hot 100 hit "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" and sang on "We Are the World," among other Jones projects -- sent a statement to Billboard following the news of Ingram's death. “There are no words to convey how much my heart aches with the news of the passing of my baby brother James Ingram," Jones said. "With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James Ingram was simply magical. From the minute I first heard his voice on the demo tape for 'Just Once,' to 'One Hundred Ways,' his classic duet with Patti Austin 'How Do You Keep the Music Playing,' 'Secret Garden,' 'We Are the World,' and all of our recordings, every beautiful note that James sang pierced your essence and comfortably made itself at home. But it was really no surprise because James was a beautiful human being, with a heart the size of the moon. James Ingram was, and always will be, beyond compare. Rest In Peace baby brother. You will be in my heart forever.”