Sunday, December 07, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-James Ingram
Album:Greatest Hits:The Power Of Great Music
R & B singer James Ingram is probably best known for his duets and songs he sang on other folks records. He had a bit of success as a solo artist but is now planning to reinvent himself as a gospel artist. He was born Feb. 16, 1956 in Akron, OH. He started out in the 70s as part of the band Revelation Funk. He started singing sessions in Los Angeles and was musical director for Leon Haywood. Ingram got the attention of legendary Motown songwriter producer Lamont Dozier and Dozier made him lead singer of the group Zangara. One of Ingram's demos got the attention of Quincy Jones and Ingram sang Just Once and One Hundred Ways on Jones' 1981 album The Dude. The songs were big hits and Ingram won a Grammy for his performance. Ingram's debut CD It's Your Night was released in 1983. But the song that really hit for Ingram was his duet with Patti Austin Baby, Come To Me. The song appeared on Austin's 1981 album Every Home Should Have One but was used in the daytime soap opera General Hospital. Warner Bros. rereleased it as a single and it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1983. Ingram's other hits include his duet with Michael McDonald Yah Mo Be There and his duet with Linda Ronstadt Somewhere Out There and he finally had a #1 solo hit in 1990 with I Don't Have The Heart. Get Ready was released in 1991 to promote this Greatest Hits CD. Ingram wrote and produced the song with the legendary songwriting team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil. There was another James Ingram Greatest Hits CD released in 1999 called Forever More but this 1991 CD has the original versions of all his songs. Get Ready is on the 1991 Greatest hits comp only. Ingram has been working on his debut gospel CD Stand (In The Light) for Light Records and according to his website it is scheduled for release in early 2009. I'm interested to hear James Ingram sing with contemporary arrangements. He's obviously a very good church trained singer but a lot of his 80s music is a little dated. Here's the video for Get Ready by James Ingram.