America’s R & B singer, James Ingram, dies at 66

James Ingram, R and B American Grammy award-winner dies at age 66 after battling with brain cancer in the early hours of Wednesday.

The late songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist, was a two-time Grammy Award-winner and a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song, according to NAN reports.

The music icon according to TMZ, James had been fighting cancer for an extended period.

Ingram recorded several chart-toppers in the ’80s, including his #1 duet with Patti Austin, “Baby Come to Me” as well as “Somewhere Out There” with Linda Ronstadt , “100 Ways” and “Just Once.”

He won a Grammy for “Yah Mo B There” his duet with Michael McDonald and another for “100 Ways.”
He was nominated for 12 other times for Grammys.

James was one of the featured soloists for the all-star choir that gathered to record the smash charity song, “We Are the World” in 1985 — singing parts between Kenny Rogers, Tina Turner and Ray Charles.

He started his professional singing career in the 70s when he joined the group, Revelation Funk, and even played for Ray Charles’ band at one point.