July 11, 1958
Singer, songwriter, record producer
Phillip Ingram (born July 11, 1958) is an American musician who is known as one of the founding members of the Motown group "Switch". He provided the voice of the singing frog in The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa.
Ingram was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and he came from a family of musicians with six brothers and sisters who all sang and played instruments. However, Phillip and his older brother, James, were the only ones who 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. In May 1977, Switch was signed to the Gordy subsidiary of Motown Records and it 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.
Ingram has been married twice and lives with his second wife, Rebecca, in Reseda, California.