Tuesday, 25 September 2012
JAMES INGRAM IS IN TOWN!
For tickets check out the following outlets:- Nakumatt Junction, Nakumatt Lifestyle, • Nakumatt Village, Nakumatt Galleria, Nakumatt Ngong Road and Nakumatt Westgate. The tickets go for Sh 5,000 and Sh 10,000 VIP.
From funk to soul to R&B to pop to adult contemporary to inspirational, James Ingram’s multi-faceted talents have dazzled the American music scene since the early ’80s.
Then fate brought Ingram together with Quincy Jones and to a pivotal breakthrough in his career. Up to this point, Ingram had not yet surfaced as a solo artist, but after a chance listen to Ingram’s demo of “Just Once” — which had been recorded for the sum of $50 — Jones immediately recognized the man, the voice and the music as the musical triumvirate that would both captivate listeners and command the music industry’s attention.
Ingram’s much-anticipated 1983 solo album, It’s Your Night, surpassed industry expectations. The album was the debut for the Michael McDonald collaboration “Yah Mo Be There,” (Ingram’s 2nd Grammy) which was honored with the Grammy for Best R&B Performance for a Group or Duo, and “There’s No Easy Way” was considered one of the year’s stand-out ballads. It’s Your Night sold nearly one million copies; secured an unprecedented achievement by appearing simultaneously on both The Top 20 Pop and The Top 5 R&B Charts. Ultimately, “Yah Mo Be There” became the most-played song of the year.
Ingram’s talents as a songwriter and performer were tapped by some of the most celebrated artists of the era, most prominent was his “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” for Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1982), which sold more than 50 million units,. James, as a song writer is timeless he received Grammy recognition for his participation on the song entitled “Good Life, in the “Best Rap Song” category, performed by Kanye West (featuring T-Pain) in 2007.
He performed “Baby Come To Me,” with Patti Austin (1984) on her debut album, which went on to become a No. 1 Pop record. Other chart-topping, Top 10 collaborations include “The Secret Garden,” the No.1 hit with Barry White, Al B. Sure and El Debarge on Quincy Jones’ multi-platinum Back on the Block album, (1990).
“Music is an important part of my life, Ingram notes, “but it’s not all of my life…my family’s my life. I never confuse who I am with what I do.”
In 2011, Ingram joined Cliff Richard's list of special guest performers on his Soulicious Tour performing at various UK venues during November. He sang two songs from the album with Richard, as well a solo of "Just Once".
In 2012, Ingram appeared as himself in the ABC television show Suburgatory, in the episode entitled "The Motherload".