James Ingram 1956年出生于美国俄亥俄州阿克伦市，主要活跃于70-90年代。在70年代初曾在Revelation Funk表演过，后随乐队一同迁到洛杉矶。他在Quincy Jones 1980年的唱片The Dude 中的（Just Once）是他最初取得的成功，并获得当年格莱美最佳流行男歌手和最佳R&B艺人奖。James Ingram的嗓音浑厚有力，歌声中充满了自信，堪称是80年代最受欢迎的成人抒情/节奏蓝调的第一把交椅，从他曾经获得格莱美奖15次提名就知道他的歌唱实力备受肯定。更是在1981，1984年两次成为了格莱美年度最佳R&B男歌手。
艺人 James Ingram (詹姆士殷格朗)
Original Release Date: May 25, 1993
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Warner Bros.
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Label: Warner Bros. Records – 9362-45275-2
Format: CD, Album
Released: 01 May 1993
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul
Style: Contemporary R&B, Soul, Soft Rock
5.0 out of 5 starsJames Ingram's Introduction To The 1990's
By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 16, 2014
Format: MP3 Music
During the peak of his solo recording career in the early to mid 1980's,James Ingram had emerged as an artist who was able to deal with what was actually a very tricky musical balancing act. He was able to take the ever changing tastes of the urban contemporary productions of that era and infuse them with the expansive and powerfully soulful range of his vocal style and approach. Not only that but he was also able to cross the barriers wonderfully from being a superb interpreter/writer of contemporary soul ballads as well as magnificently played and produced uptempo funk oriented music. By the time this,his fifth album emerged the uptempo side of soul was very much in a state of flux. It seemed that between a revival of a 70's style live instrumental funk sound as well as more contemporary approaches such as hip-hop/soul and the by this time on the wane new jack swing sound from which that derived,it seemed more important to some artists/producers how they were saying something as opposed to what they were saying musically. While keeping his own sound on track Ingram,whether intentionally or not seemed to be looking to bridge that gap on this album.
The ten songs on this album are driven by three producers. The first four are handled by Keith Thomas. "Someone Like You","Let Me Love You" and the title track are all ornately orchestrated cinematic type ballads very much in tune for the soundtrack work Ingram had by this time made a bit of a stock in trade. Again its his vocal passion with these big melodies that brings them to life. "Treat You Right" has more of a sensual pop/jazz flavor with a bit more of a slow and soulful groove about it. Next up,and remaining in place for much of the rest of the album is Philly's own Thom Bell. "A Baby's Born" is a musically triumph containing every great quality of a Bell production-lush horn and strings arranged with brooding melodies and breaking out by songs end in an amazing gospel/funk coda. "This Is Your Night" is a mildly bouncier Burt Bacharach composition-a songwriting style that works very well with Bell's production. "You've Got To Know What You Got" has that great sitar like guitar sound Bell was noted for. EWF's Maurice White helms one song here with "Too Much For This Heart"-going from an urban contemporary mid tempo ballad to a very EWF like coda with Gerald Albright on a spirited sax solo.
"Sing For The Children" is a choral vocal oriented gospel/soul raved up ballad while the album closes with the "Any Kind Of Love"-the albums one uptempo funk number,and an excellent one at that-filled with hip-hop/soul type shuffling drum machines and going right into a heavy horn funk sound by the songs end. That song lyrically concludes a theme that tends to run throughout this album. On the romantic oriented songs,the focus is of course 100% adult as always. Noting the generational entropy emerging as Generation X were coming of age,many of these songs all tend to revolve around the two sided perspective of the generation gap. Especially when Thom Bell comes into play. Ingram sings a lyric of watching contemplates pass away around him while "at the same time a baby's born" while on other songs singing very directly about the neglect of that particular generation of children's chances in a society that is giving them more lip service then a real chance at anything. Always,Ingram sings with a deep sense of hope and conviction. On both the musical and lyrical level James Ingram fully embraces the meaningful sense of generational humanist connectivity that was at the core of funk era musical creationism.
And although this album arrived perhaps a decade or two too late for that approach it could seem,it did so with gusto to spare as well.
Release Date May 25, 1993
Genre R&B Pop/Rock
Styles Adult Contemporary Urban
Always You is an album by James Ingram, released in 1993. Following a four-year hiatus, singer-songwriter James Ingram came back in 1993 with "Always You", his fourth album on Qwest Records, the label run by producer Quincy Jones. The album featured no pop singles, and failed to chart on the pop Hot 100, although it was a minor hit on the American R&B chart.
01. Someone Like You
02. Let Me Love You This Way
03. Always You
04. Treat Her Right
05. A Baby's Born
06. This Is The Night
07. You Never Know What You Got
08. Too Much For This Heart
09. Sing For The Children
10. Any Kind Of Love