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The Recording Academy has confirmed the death of James Ingram, the two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter known for his hits “Just Once” and “I Don’t Have the Heart. USA TODAY
R&B singer James Ingram, the two-time Grammy Award-winner and legendary vocalist known for hit songs “Just Once” and “One Hundred Ways,” has died at age 66.
The Recording Academy confirmed the artist’s death Tuesday, remembering Ingram as a “soulful, chart-topping singer and songwriter.”
“Ingram’s rich voice and masterful songwriting has made a lasting impact on the music industry,” academy president Neil Portnow said in a statement to USA TODAY. “Our thoughts go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.”
Ingram began his career more than four decades ago, collaborating over the years with Quincy Jones, Anita Baker, Michael McDonald and Ray Charles. He also co-wrote Michael Jackson’s hit “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” alongside Jones.
Ingram won the Grammy Award for best male R&B vocal performance for his work on “One Hundred Ways.”
He scored a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983 for his collaboration with Patti Austin on the duet “Baby, Come to Me,” and again with his love ballad “I Don’t Have the Heart” in 1990.
Actress and dancer Debbie Allen tweeted about Ingram Tuesday.
“I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir,” Allen tweeted. “He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name.”
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 blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name.❤️ pic.twitter.com/TDJfpbbJWa
— Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) 29 tháng 1, 2019
USA TODAY has reached out to Ingram’s representative for comment.