jason hirschhorn's @MusicREDEF: 01/30/2019 - Remembering James Ingram, The Lonely Pursuit of R. Kelly, Nardwuar, Maggie Rogers, Lukas Nelson...

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Before I met Quincy [Jones], I always felt that my voice needed some polishing up. When I was in the studio with Quincy, he said, 'Why are you stopping?' I said, 'I was trying to clear my throat.' And he said, 'Well that gruff in your throat, that's your sound, that's why you're here.' Is this interest remix not displaying correctly? | View it in your browser. James Ingram on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," Nov. 9, 1990.
(Alice S. Hall/NBCU/Getty Images) Wednesday - January 30, 2019 Wed - 01/30/19 “Before I met Quincy [Jones], I always felt that my voice needed some polishing up. When I was in the studio with Quincy, he said, 'Why are you stopping?' I said, 'I was trying to clear my throat.' And he said, 'Well that gruff in your throat, that's your sound, that's why you're here.'”
-  James Ingram, 1952 – 2019, on finding his voice rantnrave:// JAMES INGRAM was plucked, at the dawn of the 1980s, from a life as a background vocalist, instrumentalist and $50-a-song demo singer. He was plucked by QUINCY JONES, who heard in Ingram's husky, romantic tenor something that Ingram himself, by all accounts, had never heard. He was nudged that last 20 feet toward stardom, and he walked it without ever quite giving up the persona of a guy who could have remained 20 feet away, blending in with everyone else in the room while simultaneously elevating everyone else in the room. It's a lot harder than it sounds and he made it sound effortless. He could, and pretty much did, sing with everybody. (Is there a hit duet from the 1980s or '90s that he isn't on? No, there is not.) He could seamlessly follow Quincy Jones from Quincy's own albums, to a little MICHAEL JACKSON album called THRILLER (Quincy had a vague idea for a song to be called "P.Y.T."; Ingram went ahead and wrote it), to a little ditty called "WE ARE THE WORLD" ("Here’s how highly Jones and Jackson rate James Ingram," ROLLING STONE would report; "he earned one of the ad-lib slots, getting to pump both his fists and carry the chorus to the final fade"). On his own records and on all those duets, Ingram perfected a relaxed, sexy soul that pretty much defined one end of the radio dial in the '80s. This chorus is indelible and perfect (and was written for Ingram and PATTI AUSTIN by another member of Jones' coterie, ROD TEMPERTON). His voice was seemingly everywhere, and was probably a bigger star than he himself ever became, his two Grammys, two BILLBOARD #1s and two Oscar nominations notwithstanding. 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