follow us on

Revisit 6 Hits Of Late R&B Legend James Ingram For Some Serious Soulful Listening

As R&B icon James Ingram's soul now rests in his peace, the soulfulness of his voice and lyrics lives on in the songs his fans from all over the world will forever remember him for. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Jamieson Grillo (@jamiesongrillo) on

 

The singer and songwriter who delighted audiences and inspired generations of African-American singers to pursue careers in music was 66 years old when he passed away in Los Angeles in the early hours of January 29. Though not confirmed, reports have stated that brain cancer was what ultimately caused James' death.

 

READ: Raise Your Guitars In Honor Of The Late Pinoy Rock Legend Pepe Smith

 

Furthermore, it's speculated that the disease was a contributing factor in his gradual withdrawal from the music scene; his last major album, Stand (In the Light) was released in 2008 and followed up only by a handful of collaborations with fellow artists. Since then, James had mostly taken a back seat in his career, seldom performing or making public appearances. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Billie Parker (@billieparker) on

 

But despite his absence from recent music events, news of James passing sent shockwaves in the music inudstry, deeply affecting singers who saw him as their ultimate idol and inspiration. 

 

READ: A Look Back On The Life Of "Queen Of Soul" Aretha Franklin, Plus All The Celebs Who Paid Tribute To Her

 

R&B heavyweights like Quincy Jones (the man who discovered James as a teenager and convinced him to begin a solo career), Gladys Knight, Kenny Lattimore, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Tevin Campbell paid their respects to the talent who laid the foundation for other singers to make it big in the genre, while other celebs like Shonda Rhimes, Josh Groban, Clay Aiken, and Debbie Allen did the same. 

Here's what some of them had to say about the irreplaceable James: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout his decades-long career, James enjoyed 14 Grammy nominations, two number one and three top 10 Billboard hits, as well as a couple of nods from the Academy Awards for songs he wrote for film soundtracks. Since he carved a name for himself in the 80s, James enjoyed a soaring solo career and became an in-demand collaborator with the era's topbilled names, thanks to the signature velvety quality to his voice and heart-tugging songwriting skills.

 

READ: Can We Let Her Linger? The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan Dies At 46

 

Without a doubt, we've all heard some of James' best work on the radio, in film and television, covered by other artists, or even sung in karaoke bars more than once, and for good reason; he was a legend and one-of-a-kind singer in a league all his own. 

As a tribute to James and the songs that define his legacy, check out this playlist of some of his greatest hits: 

 

"Baby Come to Me," a duet with Patti Austin 

 

 

 

"I Don't Have the Heart," a chart-topper

 

 

 

"Somewhere Out There," a duet with Linda Ronstadt as heard on animated classic An American Tail 

 

 

 

"Yah Mo Be There," a duet with Michael McDonald

 

 

 

"Just Once," arguably James' most recognizable song 

 

 

 

And last but not least, "One Hundred Ways," the song that began James' career

 

 

Photos from @kennylattimore @yvettenicolebrown