Phillip Ingram

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Phillip Ingram
Born (1958 -07-11) July 11, 1958 (age 59)
Akron, Ohio, United States
Origin Reseda, California, United States
Genres R&B, soul, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, drums
Years active 1975—present
Labels Qwest, Motown
Associated acts Switch, Sheena Easton, James Ingram
Phillip Ingram

Phillip Ingram (born July 11, 1958) is an American musician. He is perhaps best known as one of the founding members of the Motown Group "SWITCH"


Ingram was raised in Akron, Ohio. He came from a musical family with six brothers and sisters who all sang and played instruments but only Phillip and his older brother, James, pursued a musical career.

In December 1976, the band Switch was formed with Phillip Ingram, Greg Williams, Jody Sims, Bobby DeBarge, Tommy DeBarge and Eddie Fluellen.

Switch was signed to Motown Records in May/1977 and went on to record five albums for the label. Their first album went platinum[citation needed] with such hits as "They'll Never Be", "I Wanna Be Closer". Their second album went gold,[citation needed] which included "Best Beat In Town" and "I Call Your Name."

Starting in 1984, Ingram went behind the scenes writing for various artists and working with various artists, films and commercials.

He still sings and records for television and radio commercials, works on films, radio station IDs, and recordings. In addition, he is working on production of new and upcoming artists along with Rex Salas. He has toured with Sheena Easton and a new incarnation of Switch.

College voice instructor[edit]

Ingram is a faculty member at the California College of Music (CCM) in Pasadena, California, and teaches vocal lessons twice a week with their Vocal Arts Program.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Ingram has been married twice and lives with his second wife, Rebecca, in Reseda, California. Both are devout Jehovah's Witnesses, Ingram being an elder in his local congregation, as well as a pioneer, a person who devotes over 70 hours a month to the Jehovah Witness evangelism.[2]


Albums (as Hot Ice)[edit]

  • 1977: Pall Mall Groove (Released in Germany) (Polydor) (NOTE: Was released in the US as Smash in 1979 on the MCA-distributed Source label)



  • 1991: The Best of Switch (Motown)
  • 2001: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Switch (Motown)


  • 1978: "There'll Never Be" - U.S. #36, R&B #6
  • 1978: "I Wanna Be Closer" - R&B #22
  • 1979: "Calling On All Girls"
  • 1979: "Best Beat In Town" - U.S. #69, R&B #16
  • 1979: "I Call Your Name" - U.S. #83, R&B #8
  • 1980: "Love Over And Over Again" - R&B #9
  • 1980: "Don't Take My Love Away" - R&B #41
  • 1981: "I Do Love You" - R&B #73
  • 1981: "You And I" - R&B #57
  • 1982: "Call On Me" - R&B #70

Rich Boy sampled "I Call Your Name" in his song "Throw Some D's";[year missing] Ne-Yo sampled "I Call Your Name" in his song "It Just Ain't Right"[year missing]



  • Vibe - October 2007 - Page 108-115 - Michael A. Gonzales: Broken Dreams
  • All Music Guide to Soul: the Definitive Collection By Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine


  1. ^ "California College of Music". Retrieved April 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ [1]

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