Classic FM presenter Maina Kageni spoke on his Instagram page and eulogized the celebrated R&B singer and songwriter James Ingram, who died aged 66.

James Ingram

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Maina recalled hosting the late R&B star and his wife on his radio show. He went ahead to  pass his condolences in a lengthy post on his Instagram page:

James Edward Ingram….. what a VOICE!!! What a songwriter!! You told me that a songwriter with an ear for a killer melody was a songwriter after your own heart…. aaahhh…. you’re gone…. couples met through your music as “Party Animals”, broke up when you told them that “There’s No Easy Way (To Break Somebody’s Heart)”, got back together when you and Linda Ronstadt were looking for somebody “Somewhere Out There”…

You had a voice that resonated through generations, you came onto my show with your beautiful wife Debra, who told me that she couldn’t stand your singing all over the house!!! Can’t win ’em all, can you?  I’m sad that you’re gone, mostly because YOU WERE THE SOUNDTRACK TO MY LIFE!!! But you made my little world a lot better…and a whole lot bigger… 

but I pray that you get the just reward your gift gave us….. rest well…. and THANK YOU FOR THE music

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Tributes from fans and friends kept pouring in since the announcement of his passing. President Uhuru Kenyatta was among those eulogizing James, tweeting:

I’m saddened by the news of the death of James Ingram. He was a true gift from God to the world, especially to those of us who love & enjoy Rn’B music. He had an amazing voice & his music will remain a lasting reminder of the great musician he was. May God rest his soul in peace.

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James Ingram will be remembered for songs such as, “I don’t have a heart”, “Let me love you this way”, “I believe those love songs” and “There is no easy way”.

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