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James Ingram

Biography

Wayne Ingram began executing with the music group Revelation Funk in the first ’70s, moving from Akron, Ohio to LA in 1973. Through the ’70s, Ingram backed Ray Charles on the highway with back-up vocals and piano, performed keyboards behind the Coasters on Dick Clark’s oldies revues, and was Leon Haywood’s musical movie director. After hearing a demonstration of him performing “ONLY ONCE,” Quincy Jones asked Ingram to execute on his fresh recording. Released in 1980 within the Dude, the quantity 17 “ONLY ONCE” was Ingram’s 1st success, leading to three Grammy nominations — Greatest New Artist, Greatest Pop Man Vocal, and Greatest R&B Vocal — earning in both latter categories. Through the entire ’80s, Ingram experienced steady popular achievement performing duets, but most of his single albums didn’t create a dent within the graphs; in 1990 he obtained his first single hit, “I DON’T POSSESS the center.”

Quick Facts


Full Name James Ingram
Profession Music Producer, Voice Actor, Singer-songwriter, Music Arranger, Film Score Composer
Education Winchester College
Nationality American
Spouse Debra Robinson
Parents Henry Ingram Sr., Alistine Wilson Ingram
Siblings Phillip Ingram
Awards Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Music Songs Just Once, I Don't Have The Heart, Somewhere Out There, Baby, Come to Me, Yah Mo B There, How Do You Keep the Music Playing?, There's No Easy Way, The Day I Fell In Love, I Believe in Those Love Songs, Always, Let Me Love You This Way, Whatever We Imagine, Where Did My Heart Go?, A Natural Man, Forever More, One Hundred Ways, You Never Know What You Got, She Loves Me, Everything Must Change, I Wanna Come Back, Always You, No Need to Say Goodbye, One More Rhythm, Someone Like You, Wish You Were Here, Beneath the Snow, Remember the Dream, I Believe I Can Fly, Sing for the Children, Try Your Love Again, When Was The Last Time Music Made You Cry, Give Me Forever
Albums It's Your Night, Never Felt So Good, It's Real, Greatest Hits: The Power of Great Music, Always You, Stand (In the Light), Would You Like to Fly, Night Stalkers, Forever More
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Song, Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media, Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single – Male
Movies Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem, Michael McDonald: A Gathering of Friends, Howard Hewett: Intimate: Greatest Hits Live


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#Fact
1 Appears on camera with his band, Revelation Funk, playing keyboards and singing "Time on the Side" in the 1975 cult blaxploitation film Dolemite (1975).
2 Brother of singer Phillip Ingram, formerly of the groups Switch and Deco.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
An American Tail 1986 performer: "Somewhere Out There"
Wildcats 1986 performer: "Hard To Say"
The Color Purple 1985 writer: "Don't Make Me No Never Mind Slow Drag"
Key Exchange 1985 performer: "ONE HUNDRED WAYS"
Out of Control 1985 performer: "There's No Easy Way"
The Slugger's Wife 1985 performer: "PARTY ANIMAL" / writer: "PARTY ANIMAL"
Fast Forward 1985 writer: "Breakin' Out"
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary "We Are the World", uncredited
The Making of 'Thriller' 1983 Video documentary writer: "P.Y.T. Pretty Young Thing"
The 55th Annual Academy Awards 1983 TV Special performer: "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?"
Best Friends 1982 performer: "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?", "Think About Love"
The Voice 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glastonbury 2015 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grey's Anatomy 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2009-2012 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Duets 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie 2011 Documentary writer: "P.Y.T. Pretty Young Thing" - as James E. Ingram
American Dad! 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glee 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Parenthood 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Idols 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Medium 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Australia 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Singing Bee 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
CSI: NY 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Australian Idol 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Idol 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Die furchtlosen Vier 1997 performer: "Never Been Better", "Hand in Hand", "What Can Go Wrong", "Mix Max - Song", "Song of Freedom", "Don't You Worry"
Cats Don't Dance 1997 performer: "Our Time Has Come"
New York Undercover 1997 TV Series performer - 1 episode
MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special 1995 TV Special writer: "Look What Love Has Done"
Stars in Their Eyes 1995 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Forget Paris 1995 performer: "When You Love Someone"
The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1995 TV Special writer: "Look What Love Has Done"
Junior 1994 writer: "LOOK WHAT LOVE HAS DONE"
The 66th Annual Academy Awards 1994 TV Special performer: "The Day I Fall In Love" / writer: "The Day I Fall In Love"
Beethoven's 2nd 1993 performer: "The Day I Fall in Love" / writer: "The Day I Fall in Love"
Made in America 1993 writer: "Colors of Love"
Sarafina! 1992 performer: "One More Time"
Timmy's Gift: A Precious Moments Christmas 1991 Video performer: "The Brightest Star"
City Slickers 1991 performer: "WHERE DID MY HEART GO?" 1991 / producer: "WHERE DID MY HEART GO?" 1991
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1990 TV Special performer: "After All"
Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 performer: "Better Way"
Shades of Love: Lilac Dream 1987 Video performer: "Baby, Come to Me"
The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987 TV Special performer: "Somewhere Out There"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
End of the Road 2017 filming Fitness Student
Die furchtlosen Vier 1997 Buster (English version, voice)
An American Tail 1986 The 2nd Balladeer (voice, uncredited)
Dolemite 1975 Keyboard Player for Revelation Funk (uncredited)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
An American Tail 1986 singer - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Suburgatory 2012 TV Series Himself
19th Annual Trumpet Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
Way Black When: Primetime 2011 TV Series Himself - Performer
TV One on One 2005-2011 TV Series Himself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Lionel Richie 2010 TV Movie Himself
Tavis Smiley 2009 TV Series Himself
The Spirit of Christmas 2008 TV Movie Himself
An Evening with Quincy Jones 2008 TV Movie Himself
Celebrity Duets 2006 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors 2005 TV Series Himself
The 8th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2005 TV Movie Himself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Quincy Jones 2005 TV Movie Himself
Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Capitol Fourth 2003 TV Movie Himself - Performer
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2002 TV Movie Himself - Performer
33rd NAACP Image Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2001 TV Special Himself
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
32nd NAACP Image Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1999 TV Special
Martin Luther King Special One Day 1998 TV Movie Himself
Quincy Jones... The First 50 Years 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
New York Undercover 1997 TV Series Himself
We Are the World: A 10th Anniversary Tribute 1995 TV Special
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1994-1995 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
In a New Light '94 1994 TV Special Himself
The 66th Annual Academy Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Performer: The Day I Fall in Love and Co-Nominated: Best Original Song
1993 Essence Awards 1993 TV Special Himself
An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration 1993 TV Movie Himself
American Bandstand's 40th Anniversary Special 1992 TV Movie Himself
The 19th Annual American Music Awards 1992 TV Special Himself
Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music 1991 TV Special documentary Himself
The 5th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Big Break 1990 TV Series Himself
Grammy Legends 1990 TV Special Himself
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones 1990 Documentary Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989-1990 TV Series Himself
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Performer: 'After All'
The 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1990 TV Special Himself
Soul Train 1982-1989 TV Series documentary Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1989 TV Series Himself
The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Solid Gold 1984-1988 TV Series Himself
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Performer
The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
The 14th Annual American Music Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1981-1986 TV Series Himself
The 12th Annual American Music Awards 1985 TV Special Himself - Presenter
American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration 1985 TV Special Himself
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 1985 TV Series Himself
The 26th Annual Grammy Awards 1984 TV Special Himself
The 11th Annual American Music Awards 1984 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 55th Annual Academy Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Performer
The 10th Annual American Music Awards 1983 TV Special Himself
The 24th Annual Grammy Awards 1982 TV Special Himself
SCTV Network 1981 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988 Grammy Grammy Awards Song of the Year An American Tail (1986) · James Horner (music)
· Barry Mann (music)
· Cynthia Weil (lyrics)
· Linda Ronstadt (performed)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song Junior (1994) · Carole Bayer Sager
· James Newton Howard
· Patty Smyth
1995 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Junior (1994) · Carole Bayer Sager
· James Newton Howard
· Patty Smyth
1995 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television Beethoven's 2nd (1993) · Carole Bayer Sager
· Clif Magness
1994 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song Beethoven's 2nd (1993) · Carole Bayer Sager
· Clif Magness
1994 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Beethoven's 2nd (1993) · Carole Bayer Sager
· Clif Magness
1988 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals An American Tail (1986) · Linda Ronstadt
1988 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals An American Tail (1986) · Linda Ronstadt


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