Raphael Saadiq

Born 14 May 1966.
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Raphael Saadiq interview with Ronnie Herel

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Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins; May 14, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, guitarist, and record producer. Saadiq has been a standard bearer for "old school" R&B since his early days as a member of the multiplatinum group Tony! Toni! Toné! He also produced songs of such artists as TLC, Joss Stone, D'Angelo, Mary J. Blige, and John Legend.

He and D'Angelo were occasional members of The Ummah, a music production collective, composed of members Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, and J Dilla of the Detroit-based group Slum Village.

Saadiq's critically acclaimed album, The Way I See It, released on September 16, 2008, featuring artists Stevie Wonder, Joss Stone, and Jay-Z, received three Grammy Award Nominations and was voted Best Album on iTunes of 2008. His fourth studio album, Stone Rollin', was released on March 25, 2011. For the album, Saadiq worked with steel guitarist Robert Randolph; former Earth, Wind & Fire keyboardist Larry Dunn; Swedish/Japanese indie rock singer Yukimi Nagano (of Little Dragon fame); Funk legend Larry Graham (on the bonus cut Perfect Storm) plus soul newcomer Taura 'Aura Jackson' Stinson.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Stone Rollin’

    Stone Rollin’ 2011

    Reviewed by Lloyd Bradley
    Vintage touches and modern twists combine on an irrepressible soul record.
  2. Review of The Way I See It

    The Way I See It 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Saadiq's voice, combined with songs that would lift any party, saves the day.
  3. Review of Instant Vintage

    Instant Vintage 2002

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Benchmark for neo-soul reset from former Tony! Toni! Toné! frontman.
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