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July 11, 1958 |
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|
|Associated acts||Switch, Sheena Easton, James Ingram|
Phillip Ingram (born July 11, 1958) is an American musician. He is perhaps best known as being the brother of James Ingram, the two-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist.
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.
Switch was signed to Motown Records in May/1977 and went on to record five albums for the label. Their first album went platinum with such hits as "They'll Never Be", "I Wanna Be Closer". Their second album went gold, 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
Ingram has been married twice and lives with his second wife, Rebecca, at the Reseda Mobile Home Park in Reseda, California. Both are devout Jehovah's Witnesses, Ingram being an elder in his local congregation, as well as what is called a pioneer - devoting over 70 hours a month in the Jehovah Witness evangelism.
Albums (as Hot Ice)
- 1977: Pall Mall Groove (Released in Germany) (Polydor) (NOTE: Was released in the US as Smash in 1979 on the MCA-distributed Source label)
- 1978: Switch (Gordy)U.S. #37, R&B #6
- 1979: Switch II (Gordy) - U.S. #37, R&B #8
- 1980: This Is My Dream (Gordy) - U.S. #85, R&B #21
- 1980: Reaching For Tomorrow (Gordy) - U.S. #57, R&B #23
- 1981: Switch V (Gordy) - U.S. #174, R&B #48
- 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
- Back to School (1986)
- The Little Mermaid (1989)
- The Neverending Story III (1994)
- Father of the Bride Part II (1995)
- My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
- The Fearless Four (1997)
- The Prince of Egypt (1998)
- Follow Your Heart (1999)
- Dinosaur (2000)
- Shrek (2001)
- Brother Bear 2 (2006)
- 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