James Ingram Survived by Wife Debra Robinson

James Ingram Wife Debra Robinson

Getty Ingram and his wife pictured at the 2002 NAACP Awards.

James Ingram, the two-time Grammy award-winning singer, died on January 29 at the age of 66. His tragic passing was announced by his long-time collaborator Debbie Allen. He is survived by wife, Debra Robinson. Debbie Allen wrote on Twitter, “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.❤️.”

James Ingram – I Don't Have The HeartJames Ingram, who is a native of Akron, Ohio, now living in Los Angeles, who is a singer/musician/producer who began his career performing with the short-lived band Revelation Funk in the early '70s. After hearing a demo of him singing 'Just Once', Quincy Jones asked Ingram to perform on his new album in 1980, The Dude. The song, 'Just Once' was Ingram's first success, resulting in three Grammy nominations — Best New Artist, Best Pop Male Vocal, and Best R&B Vocal — winning in the two latter categories. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Ingram had steady popular success singing duets, as well as songwriting. On that note, Ingram wrote 'P.Y.T : Pretty Young Thing' for the late Michael Jackson, for his Thriller album. He was also took part in the multi-artist collaboration song, 'We Are The World' in 1985. His solo albums didn't score high on the charts until 1990, when he scored his first solo hits, 'I Don't Have the Heart', and 'Its Real', which was a New Jack Swing R&B hit produced by Teddy Riley and the late Gene Griffin. Also in 1990, he was in the multi-artist collaboration on the well known love ballad 'Secret Garden' from the Back On The Block album from Quincy Jones. In the 1990s Ingram recorded two albums: two of them are his best-of compilations. Ingram brings down to earth realness and truth to every song that he writes and produces.2010-02-17T01:18:56.000Z

TMZ reports that Ingram’s cause of death was a form of brain cancer.

James Ingram and Wife Debbie at The Denise Roberts Fundraiser"LIVE" from The Denise Roberts Cancer Foundation Fundraiser at the Conga Room Downtown LA2009-11-12T04:57:30.000Z

Ingram married his wife, Debra Robinson, in 1975. On Ingram’s IMDb page, Robinson is referred to as his “childhood sweetheart.” It was Robinson who answered the phone when Quincy Jones called to give her husband his big break, she said in a 2009 interview. Robinson said, “Quincy called the house one day. and said ‘This is Quincy Jones. May I speak to James Ingram?’ And Q asked him, ‘Is this the guy who did the demo for ‘Just Once’? I want you to come in and sing.’ Well, James’ response was, ‘You mean play keyboard. I’m not a singer.'” Robinson said that Ingram thought it was a joke and hung up but “luckily for all of us – Q called back.” Ingram later told the Chicago Tribune that his wife had been adamant that it was, in fact, Quincy Jones on the other end of the phone.

Ingram was a native of Akron, Ohio. His wife was by his side when Ingram performed in Kenya in September 2012. The couple has six children together. During a 2010 interview, Ingram revealed that the romance had not gone out of their marriage saying, “I sing to her on a daily basis. Whatever’s on the radio.” The article said that Ingram went on to sing, “What’s it all about, Debbie?” to the tune of the “Alfie” theme song.

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