American R&B singer Brian McKnight on Wednesday paid tribute to the late James Ingram, whom he credited as one of his biggest influences in music.
Ingram, a Grammy winner known for his soulful hits, passed away on Tuesday in New York. He was 66.
In a live video on Facebook, McKnight said his “music would not be the same — my life would not be the same — without the music that [Ingram] created and sang.”
He went on to sing tunes written or popularized by Ingram, including “I Don’t Have the Heart,” “One Hundred Ways,” “Just Once,” and “How Do You Keep the Music Playing.”
“James Ingram, we are going to miss you, my friend,” McKnight said. “I thank you for leaving all these music to us. Rest in peace. Sleep well, brother.”
Both well-loved songs by Filipinos, McKnight and Ingram have held sold-out concerts in the Philippines.