Raphael Saadiq (born
Charlie Ray Wiggins May 14, 1966, Oakland,
California), is an American singer, songwriter and
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 Joss Stone
, Mary J.
, and John
Saadiq has been playing the bass guitar since the age of six. He
first began singing at age 12 with a group called "The Gospel
Humminbirds". After high school, Saadiq joined Prince
on the Parade Tour
Saadiq's latest 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 voted Best Album
on iTunes of 2008.
Tony! Toni! Toné!
Saadiq began his professional career as the lead vocalist and
bassplayer in the rhythm and blues
and dance trio Tony! Toni! Toné!
He used the name Raphael
Wiggins while in Tony! Toni! Toné!, where he was joined by his
brother Dwayne Wiggins
, and his
cousin Timothy Christian. He adopted the name
Raphael Saadiq in the mid-1990s. His change of surname led
many to speculate that he had converted to Islam
at that point; in reality, Saadiq is not a
Muslim, but rather just liked the way "Saadiq" sounded and changed
his last name simply to distinguish himself from and avoid
potential confusion with his brother, Dwayne Wiggins. As he
confirmed by telling noted R&B writer Pete Lewis of the
award-winning 'Blues & Soul' in May 2009, "I just wanted to
have my own identity!"
Tony! Toni! Toné would become major R&B
superstars throughout the late-1980s and 1990s. However, after the
1996 album entitled House of
, which did produce several hits, nonetheless failed
to duplicate previous success, Tony! Toni! Toné! went their
In 1999, Saadiq's next big project became the R&B supergroup
. He recorded the self-titled
album with Dawn Robinson
) and Ali
). The group only lasted for one album.
"Ask of You"
, Saadiq had his biggest solo
hit to date, when "Ask of You", featured on the Higher Learning
peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100
and #2 on the R&B chart
. In 1997, Saadiq hooked up with
for the tune "Da Joint". Two years later,
he teamed up with Q-Tip
for another minor hit,
"Get Involved", which was featured on the animated TV series,
(see also The
PJs: Music from & Inspired by the Hit Television
He released his first solo album Instant Vintage
in 2002 and earned 5
Released the album Ray Ray
on his own record label Pookie Entertainment.
All the Hits at the House of Blues
Released a 2 disc live album All The Hits AT The House of
in 2004 on his own record label Pookie
The Way I See It
Saadiq's latest release, his third solo album, The Way I See It
, released on
Columbia Records on September 16, 2008, available in a collector's
edition box set of 7" 45 rpm singles as well as on traditional CD,
was critically well-received, made several critics' 2008 best
albums lists, and garnered three Grammy nominations including Best
R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (for "Never Give
You Up," featuring Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton); Best Traditional
R&B Vocal Performance (for "Love That Girl") and Best R&B
Album for The Way I See It.
The Way I See It
was released back in September 2008, and
Saadiq is currently touring and promoting the project. Touring with
a nine piece band, Saadiq hit the 2009 summer music festival
circuit with performances at Bonnaroo, Hollywood Bowl, Outside
Lands, Pori Jazz Festival, Stockholm Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz,
Essence Music Festival, Summer Spirit Festival, and Nice Jazz
Festival, Bumbershoot Music Festival and Austin City Limits. Saadiq
has been touring Europe extensively, and held a five-night
residency at the House of Blues in Tokyo, Japan in June 2009.
Music from The Way I See It
is featured in the following
motion pictures: Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To
, Bride Wars
Secret Life of Bees
His 2000 song collaboration "Untitled
" won D'Angelo
Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
; it was also
nominated for Grammy
Award for Best R&B Song
. The song was ranked #4 on
s "End of Year
Critics & Readers Poll" of the top singles of 2000
D'Angelo's album Voodo
won a Grammy Award for Best
at the 2001 Grammy
In 2004, Saadiq produced a remix of the song "Crooked Nigga Too" by
the late Tupac Shakur
which is featured
on the album Loyal To The
In 2007, Saadiq produced Introducing Joss Stone
third album of British soul singer Joss
He produced songs for LeToya
's forthcoming second album Lady Love
, set for
release August 2009.
In 2009, Saadiq produced "Please Stay" and "Love Never Changes" for
's August 2009 release "Turn Me Loose
".Saadiq also was the executive
producer for an emerging group called Tha
. Tha Boogie
's first EP was
released on iTunes and is titled "Love Tha Boogie,
Other artists he has collaborated with include Whitney Houston
, Mary J. Blige
The Isley Brothers
, Teedra Moses
, Erykah Badu
, Jill Scott
, Macy Gray
, Devin the Dude
, DJ Quik
, The Bee Gees
, Jaguar Wright
, Chanté Moore
, Lionel Richie
, Noel Gourdin
, Nappy Roots
, Leela James
, John Legend
, Joss Stone
, Young Bellz, Anthony Hamilton
, Stevie Wonder
, Earth, Wind & Fire
, as well as many others.
In 2002, Saadiq founded his own record label, Pookie Entertainment
. Among the artists
on the label are Joi
and Truth Hurts
On April 13, 2007, Saadiq played the role of Anthony Hayes in
In 2008 Saadiq formed a new label called Velma Records, a place
where Raphael promises "people can express themselves like I did
with The Way I See
... where they can dream something up and just go with
In 2009 Saadiq announced his video game development company called
IllFonic. The first video game in development by IllFonic is titled
, with an expected
release late in 2010.
In 2009 Saadiq teamed up Bentley Kyle Evans, Jeff Franklin, Martin
Lawrence, and Trenten Gumbs to create a new sitcom called Love
starring Tatyana Ali
Raphael is an executive producer and composer for Love That
. The show is currently in development.
- Grammy Awards
- 2009, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group "Never Give
You Up" (nominated)
- 2009, Best R&B Album The Way I See It
- 2009, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance "Love That
- 2007, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance "I Found My
- 2005, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group "Show Me the
- 2003, Best Urban/Alternative Performance "Be Here"
- 2003, Best R&B Song "Love of My Life (Ode to
- 2003, Best R&B Song "Be Here" (nominated)
- 2003, Best R&B Album Instant Vintage
- 2003, Best Song Written for a Motion Picture of Television
Special "Love of My Life (Ode to Hip-Hop)" (nominated)
- 2002, Best R&B Song "Untitled (How Does It Feel)"
- 1995, Best R&B Song "Anniversary" (nominated)
||"Ask of You"
||Higher Learning OST
||"Get Involved" (feat.
||The P.J.'s OST
||"Be Here" (feat. D'Angelo)
||"Rifle Love" (feat. Lucy Pearl & Tony! Toni! Toné!)
|"Chic Like You" (feat. Allie
||"I Want You Back" (feat.
||"Love That Girl"
||The Way I See It
|"Big Easy" (feat. The
Infamous Young Spodie & The Rebirth Brass Band)
||"100 Yard Dash"
|"Never Give You Up" (feat.
Stevie Wonder & CJ
|"Let's Take a Walk"
|"Staying in love"
|"—" denotes the single
failed to chart or wasn't released.
- Tower.com: Voodoo (EXPLICIT) (CD) by D'Angelo
(Artist) Music. Tower.com. Retrieved on 2008-08-08.
- Rolling Stone End of year Critic & Readers
lists. www.rocklist.net. Retrieved on 2008-08-08.