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Quincy Jones, Shonda Rhimes and more react to the passing of James Ingram


Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImageCelebrities on social media mourned the death of Grammy-winning R&B singer James Ingram, who passed away at age 66.

Among them, music producer Quincy Jones, a frequent collaborator with Ingram.  The late singer got his big break singing on Jones’ album The Dude. Jones tweeted a concert video of himself introducing Ingram to perform his hit ballad “Just Once.”

Describing Ingram’s voice as “soulful, whisky sounding” Jones said “There are no words to convey how much my (heart) aches with the news of the passing of my baby brother, James Ingram.”

Here are some other celebrity reactions on social media:

Carnie Wilson (former duet partner) — “I just found out that the one and only @JamesIngramsing has passed away. May all his children and his family cherish his memory and heal. I had the honor of singing a Duet called “Our Time Has Come” years ago. He was a sweet love. R.I.P. James”

Shonda Rhimes — “Sending you love. Today the world lost a genius. James Ingram was a musician, artist, and humanitarian. He will be remembered for his brilliance and kind heart.”

Jody Watley — “So saddened to hear this. First met James when I was in Shalamar, he played on “Friends” album and co-wrote on another. Such a talent vocally and musically, a family man, witty and wise. My condolences to his family and friends”

Questlove — “…such an awesome talent and occupied a rare space in pop music. He could SAAAAAANG, but under the guidance of Quincy Jones found a music backdrop that allowed him to dwell in spaces meant for Kenny Loggins or Barry Manilow.”

Richard Marx — “RIP sweet James Ingram. Hearing your voice sing words and notes I made up is a gift I will cherish always. And I will never forget the laughs.”

Sheila E — “Today we lose An incredible icon my dear friend Mr. James Ingram. I am going to miss you my friend. Plz pray for the family. Thank u. God bless”

Clay Aiken — “As a teenager, there were few (if any) singers whose voice I wanted to emulate more than the stunning I wore out every single one of his CDs. The angel choir got one of Earth’s greatest singers today. I’m truly saddened by this loss. ?”

DJ Premier — “RIP to the Soul Legend James Ingram…Sad Loss To Our Music Family…We Salute You, Your Family And Your Legacy”

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