||Genre: Jazz Vocal|
| Performances at Java Jazz Festival:
Friday March 7, 2008, Dji Sam Soe
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|About This Act :|
|Not many people can claim to be back-to-back Academy Award nominees, but singer James Ingram is among that select company. As one of the truly superb voices in contemporary music, he earned the best song Oscar nomination for “ Look What Love has Done,” the enchanting love theme from the movie Junior, a song he co-wrote with Carole Bayer Sager and James Newton Howard. A native of Akron, Ohio, Mr. Ingram has earned three Grammy Awards, and 17 nominations over the years. He first drew widespread attention in the early 1980s for his memorable performances of “One Hundred Ways” and “Just Once,” two smash hit singles that helped make Quincy Jones’ The Dude the most Grammy nominated album in history to date. Mr. Ingram also immortalized “Somewhere Out There,” a duet he sang with Linda Ronstadt in Steven Spielberg’s animated feature An American Tail, and his duet with Patti Austin, “How Do You Keep the Music Playing,” was an Oscar-nominated song from the movie Best Friends. As a songwriter, Mr. Ingram co-wrote with Michael McDonald, and won a Grammy award for “Yah-Mo Be There”. In 1993 he teamed up with Carole Bayer Sager and Clif Magness to co-write “The Day I Fall in Love,” from the movie Beethoven’ Second. Sung as a duet between himself and Dolly Parton, it went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for best song in 1994. Thom Bell, (Producer) provided James with his first solo number one pop hit: \”I Don\’t Have The Heart\” paving the way for more acclaim and recognition for the powerhouse vocalist. In 1990, James was also featured on \”The Secret Garden,\” the No. 1 R &B hit from Quincy Jones\’ multi platinum album, \”Back On The Block\”.
In addition to all his corporate performances and activity as a recording artist, James travels world wide and has been constantly busy with trips to South East Asia: in The Philippines, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia, he\’s one of the most popular U. S. Artist, performing and playing before sold out audiences, year in and year out. At home he\’s also currently working with choreographer /producer Debbie Allen on a musical entitled \”The Legend\” in development. The essential quality that is apparent in James’ music is the down-on-theground realness and authenticity that James Ingram brings to every song he writes, sings or produces. That honest approach to music stems the balance James maintains between his career and his home life. \” ‘I never confuse who I am, with what I do”.
James is currently getting ready to release his first INSPIRATIONAL CD titled “STAND (In The Light)” in the Spring of 2008.
Fortunately for one and all, James Ingram\’s \’extended\’ family includes his many admirers throughout the world. We hope you agree this remarkable artist\’s pre-eminence as one of the most outstanding vocalists of our time.
taken from : javajazzfestival.com/2008/artists