Raphael Saadiq

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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.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Video - Raphael Saadiq Indicates There Will Be No Reunion Tour

Ex-member of the multiplatinum R'n'B group Tony! Toni! Tone!, Raphael Saadiq is asked if there will be a reunion tour as he walks through Venice, California. He makes an indiction that there will not and abruptly changes the subject.

The singer/songwriter, guitarist and record producer has collaborated with a number of artists in his nearly thirty year long career including the late Whitney Houston, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and the Bee Gees. The 45-year-old has even produced songs of artists such as Joss Stone, TLC, Mary J. Bilge, D'Angelo and John Legend

Video - Raphael Saadiq Leaves Medical Building In Beverly Hills

Raphael Saadiq, the American singer, songwriter and record producer, spotted leaving a medical facility in Beverly Hills. Wearing a cream coloured shirt with dark trousers and boots, Saadig briefly chatted with reporters about his choice of footwear before climbing into his waiting car.

Raphael has produced songs for the likes of TLC, Joss Stone, Mary J. Blige and John Legend. A major proponent of 'old school' R&B, the singer was a member of the multiplatinum group Tony! Toni! Tone!

Raphael Saadiq, Stone Rollin' Album Review

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.

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Raphael Saadiq, Interview

Interview with Raphael Saadiq

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.

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Raphael Saadiq

Date of birth

14th May, 1966