Ingram's longtime friend and creative partner, Debbie Allen, confirmed on Tuesday the news of his move to CNN.
"I lost my best friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir," Allen wrote in a tribute on Twitter. "He is always cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and humanity, blessed to be so close, we will forever speak his name."
The cause of Ingram's death was not revealed
His duet with Patti Austin, "How Do You Keep The Music Playing", received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in 1983.
Together with Jones he wrote the hit "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" by Michael Jackson.
Ingram was also nominated for two Golden Globe Awards – a 1994 best original title for "The Day I Fall in Love," and again in the same category for "Look What Love Has Done" the same year.