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Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins, 14.5.1966) Raphael Saadiq is an American singer, record producer and songwriter. He as produced tracks for a number of R&B heavyweights, such as Mary J Blige and John Legend, as well as releasing a number of critically-acclaimed records in his own right.
Childhood: Raphael Saadiq was born in Oakland, California, to a large family of 14 siblings. When he was seven, one of his brothers was murdered, whilst another overdosed on heroin. In addition to this, another brother committed suicide and a sister died in a car crash during a police chase.
Raphael Saadiq has played bass guitar since the age of six and started singing at nine years old, with his local gospel group. When he was just 12, he joined a gospel group - The Gospel Humminbirds.
In 1984, he heard about auditions for Sheila E's backing band on Prince's 'Parade' tour and landed the role of bass player.
Music Career: After the tour with Prince, Raphael returned to Oakland and continued his professional career with the R&B dance trio Tony! Toni! Toné! At the time, he used the name Raphael Wiggins and later changed to Saadiq, leading some to speculate that he had converted to Islam. The band became major R&B stars throughout the late '80s and '90s.
The next project for Raphael Saadiq was the group Lucy Pearl, with Dawn Robinson of En Vogue and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of a Tribe Called Quest.
Raphael Saadiq's biggest solo hit came in 1995, with the release of 'Ask of You', which peaked at number 19 in the US. In 1997, Raphael Saadiq teamed up with EPMD on 'Da Joint', followed by a hit two years later with Q-Tip. Saadiq's debut solo album was entitled Instant Vintage and was released in 2002. Saadiq's first long-player earned him five Grammy nominations. This was followed by Ray Ray in 2004 and a two-disc live album, All the Hits At the House of Blues.
The third solo long-player from Saadiq was The Way I See It, released in 2008. The album earned three Grammy nominations, including 'Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals' for 'Never Give You Up', which featured Stevie Wonder and CJ Hilton.
As a producer, Saadiq has worked on a number of successful tracks albums, including We Can Do Whatever by Otis and Shug, 'Untitled (How Does It Feel)' by D'Angelo and 'Crooked Nigga Too' by Tupac Shakur.
2007 saw Saadiq producing the album Introducing Joss Stone, the debut album from the young British soul singer. He has also collaborated with the likes of Whitney Houston, The Isley Brothers and Erykah Badu.
2011 saw Raphael Saadiq leading the band backing Rolling Stones' singer Mick Jagger for his performance of Solomon Burke's 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love' at the 53rd Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles.
In 2002, Raphael Saadiq founded his own record label, Pookie Entertainment.
The That's The Way I Feel About 'Cha icon passed away last Friday (27Jun14) at the age of 70 and now Saadiq has unveiled the track Gonna Miss U R.I.P. Bobby Womack 1944-2014 on his Soundcloud.com page.
Snoop Dogg introduces the tune, saying, "Brand new music coming up from my nephew Raphael Saadiq... If you're missing somebody like we missing somebody, like really missing somebody, I know you're gonna dig this... (sic)".
Continue reading: Raphael Saadiq Shares Bobby Womack Tribute Song
Sir Elton John claims his new record, 'The Diving Board', is ''the most exciting'' he has made in a ''long, long time.''
Sir Elton John claims his new record is ''the most exciting'' he has made in a ''long, long time.''
The 'Rocket Man' singer has gone Back to Basics with 'The Diving Board', recording it with just piano, bass and drums backing his voice at the suggestion of producer T Bone Burnett.
He told Rolling Stone magazine: ''It was T Bone's idea to get back with piano, bass and drums. He said, 'Let's start with that.'''
Continue reading: Elton John Prepares The Diving Board
It has surely come to something when hearing the name, Raphael Saadiq, automatically conjures up the mindset that this album will be yet another acoustic singer songwriter. An over saturated music genre has meant that it's an automatic assumption. But we know we should never assume.
Continue reading: Raphael Saadiq, Stone Rollin' Album Review
American songwriter, singer and producer Raphael Saadiq has had a career spanning four decades, and yet shows no signs of stopping. With his new album Stone Rollin' out this month, Raphael talks about his journey to stardom and what we can expect from him this year.
Continue reading: Raphael Saadiq, Interview
Soul legend Raphael Saadiq finally feels comfortable in the spotlight - 20 years after first finding fame.
The singer made his debut in the late 1980s with popular R+B group Tony! Toni! Tone! before forming Lucy Pearl in 2000, and has since gone on to release numerous solo records.
And he is adamant he feels more comfortable as a solo artist, even though it was never his intention to go it alone.
He says, "It's weird, I feel like I'm most comfortable now. ... I know people love the early Tony stuff of course and the Lucy Pearl (stuff), (but) this is where I feel most comfortable at and it's probably just taken me some time to be on my own, as an artist on my own.
Continue reading: Saadiq Happy In The Spotlight
Soul star Raphael Saadiq would never consider a reunion with his TONY! TONI! TONE! bandmates, because that part of his life is all in the past.
The Ask of You singer, real name Charlie Ray Wiggins, parted ways with his brother D'wayne Wiggins and cousin Timothy Riley after the release of their 1996 album House of Music.
Saadiq has since gone on to make a name for himself as a producer and artist in his own right, with five Grammy nominations behind him, while Wiggins and Riley have reunited on a couple of occasions since 2003 with new singer Amar Khalil.
They are rumoured to be working on a new Tony! Toni! Tone! disc, but Saadiq refuses to have any part in it, comparing his solo career to that of Lionel Richie after leaving The Commodores in 1982.
Continue reading: Saadiq Can't Be Tempted Back To Tony! Toni! Tone!
The former Lucy Pearl star admits he failed to exercise his civic duty in 2004's general election between Democrat John Kerry and Republican George W. Bush.
But he is determined to use his vote when America goes to the polls on Tuesday, because he is genuinely moved by Obama.
Saadiq tells WENN, "I think it means a lot for the black community... (but) more than that, more than it being about a black president, it's more about being the best person for the job. He's a black president and everybody's gonna look at it like, 'Oh, we got a black president', but it's more than that.
Continue reading: Saadiq Will Come Out To Vote For Obama
British soul star Joss Stone is racing to explain a saucy photo in the booklet accompanying her new album - because fans think it confirms a romance with producer Raphael Saadiq.
The sexy singer and Saadiq appear naked, in an embrace, with their bodies painted for the eye-catching shot - but Stone insists it's supposed to be an artistic statement, and nothing sexual.
Stone says, "It's a picture that everybody kind of looks at it sexually, but it isn't... He (Saadiq) is from Oakland, I'm from Devon, England; he is 40, I am 19; he is American, I'm English.
"It's, like, two completely different people. It says something and I wanted to say something, otherwise there's no point in doing it."
Stone has been romantically linked to Saadiq recently after producer DALLAS AUSTIN sensationally claimed the singer had slept with her latest collaborator while working on her new album, INTRODUCING JOSS STONE, in the Bahamas.
Date of birth
14th May, 1966
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