Raphael Saadiq
American musician
Raphael Saadiq
Raphael Saadiq 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.
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The Portland Mercury - about 3 years
This week: Mope-fest The Broken Circle Breakdown, Blazers doc Fast Break, and the beloved Planes, Trains & Automobiles. 12 Years a Slave Solomon (the brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man, living in the North, who is abducted into slavery in 1841. Twelve years later, he's released. During those 12 years, he is a slave, and something of a stand-in for the modern viewer: He's intelligent, he's educated, and most crucially, he's attuned to the horror and injustice that surrounds him. Our attempts to comprehend life under slavery parallel his own: We share his terror when he wakes up in chains after a night of heavy drinking with two friendly-seeming white men. We understand his urge to fight back against those who have separated him from his family. We chafe to find him at the mercy of men who are his physical and intellectual inferior. And, through his eyes, the utterly schizophrenic nature of slavery is revealed. ALISON ...
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Song premiere: Trombone Shorty's 'Long Weekend'
USA Today - over 3 years
The New Orleans musician co-produced 'Say That to Say This' with Raphael Saadiq
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USA Today article
Mike Ragogna: Chatting With Booker T. Jones and Anton Fig, The Young Presidents Perform Alzheimer's Benefit, and Leerone's Exclusive Video
Huffington Post - over 3 years
THE YOUNG PRESIDENTS & FRIENDS PERFORM AT ALZHEIMER'S BENEFIT Artists Ivan Neville, Anton Fig, Blondie Chaplin, Corey Glover, Adam Ezra and others will perform with The Young Presidents on July 25th at New York's The Cutting Room. The performance is associated with The Kaneff Foundation's 1st Annual Music Cures Fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, and the evening will also focus on the life of Glen Campbell, who recently announced his battle with Alzheimer's. Anton Fig talks about the event and more in the below interview. A Conversation with Anton Fig Mike Ragogna: So what's all this about you and The Young Presidents playing at The Cutting Room. Anton Fig: I met them a few months ago and was asked to play on the album, and then they were doing this gig in New York. It's a benefit for Alzheimer's as well as a sort of release party for the album, or maybe an unofficial release party for the album, I'm not exactly sure. They're gettin ...
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Darryl Woodard: Man of Steel: A Mach 10 Win Worldwide
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A favorite song can be like a favorite film. One can listen to a favorite song and seemingly never tire of listening to it. Just like one can watch a favorite film, and seemingly never tire of watching it. The song Just Don't by Raphael Saadiq does it for me, from his album Stone Rollin. The song Set Fire To The Rain also does it for me, by six time 2012 Grammy Award winner Adele from her album 21. When she sings that song, it's as if the storm clouds were suddenly breached by rays of sunlight. And then there's Skyfall as among my favorite of James Bond 007 films and winner of two Academy Awards for 2013, winning in a tie with Zero Dark Thirty for Best Sound-Editing, and also winning for Best Original Song. And who was the person who won for that song award? Adele, who had both co-written the song as well as sung the theme song for the film Skyfall. Let's face it that lady's got some pipes! A favorite film like a favorite song captures you. Both arrests your attention by ...
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Ivanley Noisette: A Letter To Our Ancestors: Dear Fellow Citizens
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Dear Fellow Citizens: One hundred fifty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. As most serious Lincoln scholars agree, the crux of the former President's opposition to the cruel institution was its denial of a person's basic entitlement -- the fruits of his or her own labor, and the depravations of human dignity that resulted from this denial. Labor injustice was indeed a preeminent challenge facing American society during the 1800s. As Ira Berlin observes in his insightful book, The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations, the involuntary migration of "Angolans, Igbos, Kongos, Minas, Mandes, and others" between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, by the millions, to the shores of the Americas, transformed these men, women, and children "into Africans and, in time, African Americans." These forced departures were primarily motivated by the insatiable and manufactured demand for 'free' labor--the sweat equity needed t ...
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Raphael Saadiq, Band of Skulls Power 'Who Shot Rock' Exhibit
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
"This one is by Bob Dylan y'all!" shouted Raphael Saadiq in Los Angeles Saturday night as he led a band of young soul-stirrers through a steamy forceful reading of "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" in the plaza outside the Annenberg Space for Photography In their hands the folk-blues classic swung hard with a...
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Chaka Khan, Raphael Saadiq find groove at Taste
Chicago Times - over 4 years
Chaka Khan was reading Raphael Saadiq the riot act, and he clearly was loving it, as the two soul singers shared the stage of the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park Saturday night, trading lines from "You Got the Love," one of the hits South Side native Khan recorded with the Chicago band Rufus in the 1970s.
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Winners Announced For 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival
Business Review USA - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES, June 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2012 Festival at the Awards Brunch, hosted by CHAYA Downtown for the third year. Actors Jon Heder and Ari Graynor were on hand to present the awards. The LA Film Fest, presented by Film Independent and Host Venue Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 and presenting media sponsor Los Angeles Times, ran from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 24 in downtown Los Angeles.  "Every single filmmaker in this year's Festival deserves kudos for their artistry and compelling stories. Our juries had such gems to choose from in each competition and the winners truly represent what we hold dear—diversity and uniqueness of vision," said Festival Director Stephanie Allain. The two top juried awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival are the Narrative Award and Documentary Award, each carry ...
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Tom Teicholz: A Musical Portrait of LA
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Elvis Whispers Softly," 1956, from "Who Shot Rock & Roll?" Photograph © Alfred Wertheimer, The Wertheimer Collection The recent regional extravaganza known as Pacific Standard Time (PST), a six-month, far-ranging agglomeration of Southern California exhibitions, installations and performances, began with a series of shows that made a very convincing argument for the importance of art created in Los Angeles from 1945 to 1980. The role Los Angeles has played in shaping American culture (and, conversely, the role culture has played in shaping L.A.) was hardly limited to the visual arts, as has been made clear by two exhibitions here: "Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles 1945-1975," which just closed at the Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE, downtown; and "Who Shot Rock & Roll" at the Annenberg Center for Photography in Century City, which opens June 23 and runs through Oct. 7. "Trouble in Paradise," guest curated by USC professor (and Tommywood alum) Josh Ku ...
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Influential guitar picker Doc Watson recovering after fall, surgery
LATimes - almost 5 years
Doc Watson, the 89-year-old guitarist whose expert flatpicking style brought him a level of acclaim during the folk revival of the 1960s and who is still revered 50 years on, is recovering after he fell down at his Deep Gap, N.C., home. According to Mitch Greenhill, president of Folklore Productions International, which represents him, after being taken to to a hospital, other health issues were discovered. "They determined after keeping him overnight that there were more serious things going on, and they transferred him to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for surgery," said Greenhill.  The musician, who lost his eyesight when he was a year old, remains in critical but stable condition after undergoing colon surgery, he added. A statement on the company's website reads, "Doc Watson is in critical but improved condition after undergoing colon surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The family appreciates everyone’s praye ...
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Rihanna’s Gorgeous Red Carpet Walk At Time 100 Gala
Amog - almost 5 years
Rihanna attended the eighth annual TIME 100 Gala held in Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center in NYC Rihanna attended the glamorous TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME’S 100 Most Influential People In The World – who she’s one of – held at Lincoln Center in New York City. The eighth annual TIME 100 Gala’s red carpet celebrates TIME’s 100 list which honors the 100 most influential people in the world along with musical performances, and also featured a keynote address from Hillary Clinton. Being fierce on the red carpet Rihanna is one of its guest that looking gorgeous in a fuchsia dress with a slight origami feel & gathered plunge and a hi-low hem matching with black pumps and Wilfredo Rosado rings. She pulled off the 80′s prom look with a surprisingly refreshing appeal. Rihanna set aside all her normally outrageous clothes & looked absolutely beautiful in her fuchsia dress on the red carpet at the 8th annual TIME 100 Gala, and the sexy pop star is set to perform at th ...
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Comment on Time’s Most Important Musicians: Adele, Rihanna and…Raphael Saadiq? by Ray
Pop Dust - almost 5 years
Raphael Saadiq had on hell of a year starting at last year’s Grammy’s as Mick Jagger’s band leader and completing the year on President Obama’s Ipod playlist and Performing at the Kennedy Center Honors in Tribute to Neil Diamond. Saadiq is the Epitome of Soul music right now this honor is well deserved.
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'Time' unveils TIME 100
KHON 2 - almost 5 years
Time has unveiled its Time 100 list of the world's most influential people and several entertainers have made the list. The list includes political figures, like Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton, world leaders like President Barack Obama and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, and sports stars like NBA point guard Jeremy Lin and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow. British royal Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is a new name on the list following her wedding to Prince William last year, along with a surprise entry for her sister Pippa Middleton, who was maid of honor at the nuptials. Singer Adele is on the list along with fellow musicians Rihanna and Raphael Saadiq. Viola Davis, Claire Danes, Tilda Swinton, Kristen Wiig, Chelsea Handler and Jessica Chastain are among the actresses on the list. Also on the list, Today host Matt Lauer and The Colbert Report's Stephen Colbert.   Copyright WENN.com
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Naturi Naughton: I Want A Career Like Whitney's
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Following her short-lived role as Playboy Bunny Brenda on NBC's drama series "The Playboy Club," Naturi Naughton has scored another television role on Lifetime's "The Client List." Based on the network's 2010 original film of the same name, the new series follows Jennifer Love Hewitt's character, Riley Parks, as she pursues a job at day spa in Texas. During a recent interview with The Huffington Post, the former 3LW singer and "Notorious" actress discussed starring opposite Love Hewitt, her thoughts on the abrupt cancellation of "The Playboy Club" and her aspiration for a music career similar to Whitney Houston's. What's the synopsis of the "Client List"? Jennifer Love Hewitt is starring in it, and it's essentially about her as a young mother who's kind of struggling, living alone with two kids. Her husband has left her as a single mom, so she somehow lands on this spa called The Rub, and it takes place in Belmont, Texas. So The Rub is where I work, and I come into ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Raphael Saadiq
  • 2013
    Age 46
    Saadiq is a featured bass guitar player on Elton John's 2013 album, The Diving Board.
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  • 2012
    Age 45
    In 2012 he signed a deal with Toyota to do a TV commercial for the Toyota Prius.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013 Raphael partnered with Bay Area/ Atlanta Production company EL Seven Entertainment/ Republic Records and new R&B Superstar Adrian Marcel and released his 1st promotional mixtape "Raphael Saadiq Presents Adrian Marcel 7 Days of Weak".
  • 2011
    Age 44
    In December 2011, he performed a cover compilation of several Neil Diamond songs at the Kennedy Center Honors award ceremony.
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    In fall 2011, he performed on the fourth results show of Dancing with the Stars season 13.
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    Saadiq's 2011 album Stone Rollin' was released to great critical acclaim. "He's always had a boyish enthusiasm for performing, and a flexible, naturally joyous voice that suggests a young Stevie Wonder," wrote Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, "but with his latest album, Saadiq finds a new gear.
    More Details Hide Details The album and his current tour demonstrate that there's a big difference between retro and classic, and the artist consistently finds himself on the right side of that divide." Kot ranked the album number seven in his year-end list, in which he dubbed it Saadiq's "finest achievement" and stated, "He's always written songs steeped in soul and R&B, but now he gives them a progressive edge with roaming bass lines and haunted keyboard textures. He's no longer a retro stylist – he's writing new classics." Critic Jim Derogatis called it "a stone cold gas of a party disc."
    In 2011 he and his band performed as the ESPY's house band for the night, where he performed his latest compositions.
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    In 2011, Saadiq was the guitarist/bandleader for the group backing Mick Jagger for Jagger's tribute performance of the Solomon Burke R&B classic, "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" at the 53rd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and on CBS.
    More Details Hide Details The band that accompanied the performance was Saadiq's touring band called Stone Rollin.
  • 2010
    Age 43
    That same year, Saadiq performed The Spinners hit "It's A Shame" in a legendary Levi's commercial and sang as part of the chorus in the 2010 remake of "We Are the World" for Haiti.
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  • 2009
    Age 42
    In 2009, Saadiq teamed up Bentley Kyle Evans, Jeff Franklin, Martin Lawrence, and Trenten Gumbs to create a new sitcom called Love That Girl! starring Tatyana Ali. Raphael is an executive producer and composer for Love That Girl! The show airs on TV One and debuted on January 19, 2010.
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    In 2009, Saadiq announced his video game development company called IllFonic.
    More Details Hide Details The first video game in development by IllFonic is titled Ghetto Golf, with an expected release late in 2010.
    In 2009, Saadiq produced "Please Stay" and "Love Never Changes" for Ledisi's August 2009 release "Turn Me Loose".
    More Details Hide Details Saadiq also was the executive producer for an emerging group called Tha Boogie. Tha Boogie's first EP was released on iTunes and is titled Love Tha Boogie, Vol. 1 (Steal This Sh*t).
    He produced songs for LeToya Luckett's forthcoming second album Lady Love, released August 2009.
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    Saadiq has been touring Europe extensively, and held a five-night residency at the House of Blues in Tokyo, Japan, in June 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, Saadiq formed a new label called Velma Records, a place where he promises "people can express themselves like I did with The Way I See It... where they can dream something up and just go with it".
    Touring with a nine piece band, Saadiq hit the 2009 summer music festival circuit with performances at Bonnaroo, Hollywood Bowl, Outside Lands, Pori Jazz, Stockholm Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz, Essence Music Festival, Summer Spirit Festival, and Nice Jazz Festival, Bumbershoot Music Festival and Austin City Limits.
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  • 2008
    Age 41
    Saadiq's 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.
    More Details Hide Details Music from The Way I See It was featured in the following motion pictures: Madea Goes To Jail, Bride Wars, Cadillac Records, Secret Life of Bees, In Fighting (Rogue), and It's Complicated.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 artist Larry Graham (on the bonus cut "Perfect Storm") and soul newcomer Taura 'Aura Jackson' Stinson. Music critic Robert Christgau has called Saadiq the "preeminent R&B artist of the '90s". Saadiq was born in Oakland, California, the second-youngest of 14 siblings and half-siblings. His early life was marked by tragedy; he experienced the deaths of several of his siblings as a young child. When Saadiq was seven years old, his brother was murdered. One of his brothers overdosed on heroin and another committed suicide because he was unable to deal with his addiction to the drug. His sister died as a result of a car crash during a police chase in a residential neighborhood. Saadiq states that he does not want his music to be reflective of the tragedies he experienced, saying that "And through all of that I was makin' records, but it wasn't comin' out in the music. I did it to kinda show people you can have some real tough things happen in your life, but you don't have to wear it on your sleeve."
  • 2007
    Age 40
    In 2007, Saadiq produced Introducing Joss Stone, the third album of British soul singer Joss Stone.
    More Details Hide Details According to J. Gabriel Boylan of The New York Observer, "he's produced artists including Macy Gray, the Roots, D'Angelo, John Legend, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, and more. With all of them he's pushed a classic aesthetic, heavy on organic sounds and light on studio magic, deeply indebted to the past and distrustful of easy formulas."
  • 2004
    Age 37
    In 2004, Saadiq produced a remix of the song "Crooked Nigga Too" by Tupac Shakur which is featured on the album Loyal to the Game.
    More Details Hide Details Other artists he has collaborated with include Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, The Isley Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, Teedra Moses, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Macy Gray, Angie Stone, Snoop Dogg, Devin the Dude, DJ Quik, Kelis, Q-Tip, Lil' Skeeter, Ludacris, The Bee Gees, Musiq Soulchild, Jaguar Wright, Chanté Moore, Lionel Richie, Marcus Miller, Noel Gourdin, Nappy Roots, Calvin Richardson, T-Boz from TLC, Jody Watley, Floetry, Leela James, Amp Fiddler, John Legend, Joss Stone, Young Bellz, Anthony Hamilton, Babyface, Ledisi, Goapele, Ghostface Killah, —Ginuwine, The Grouch Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bilal, Chali 2na, Larry Graham, Luniz as well as many others.
  • 2003
    Age 36
    He released a two-disc live album All the Hits at the House of Blues in 2003, and his second studio album Ray Ray in 2004, both on Pookie Entertainment.
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  • 2002
    Age 35
    In 2002, he released his first solo album Instant Vintage, which earned him five Grammy Award nominations.
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    In 2002, Saadiq founded his own record label, Pookie Entertainment.
    More Details Hide Details Among the artists on the label are Joi and Truth Hurts.
  • 2000
    Age 33
    His 2000 song collaboration "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" won D'Angelo a Grammy 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 Rolling Stones "End of Year Critics & Readers Poll" of the top singles of 2000. D'Angelo's album Voodoo won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 2001 Grammy Awards.
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  • 1999
    Age 32
    In 1999, he also collaborated with rapper Q-Tip on the single "Get Involved", from the animated television series The PJs.
    More Details Hide Details It samples The Intruders' 1973 song "I'll Always Love My Mama" and charted at number 21 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.
    In 1999, Saadiq's next big project became the R&B supergroup Lucy Pearl.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded the self-titled album with Dawn Robinson (En Vogue) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest). The group only lasted for one album.
  • 1995
    Age 28
    In 1995, Saadiq produced and performed on Otis & Shug's debut album, We Can Do Whatever.
    More Details Hide Details Tony! Toni! Toné! would become major R&B superstars throughout the late-1980s and 1990s. However, after the 1996 album entitled House of Music failed to duplicate the group's previous success, Tony! Toni! Toné! went their separate ways in 1997.
    In 1995, Saadiq had his biggest solo hit to date, when "Ask of You", featured on the Higher Learning Soundtrack peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart.
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  • 1984
    Age 17
    In 1984, shortly before his 18th birthday, Saadiq heard about tryouts in San Francisco for Sheila E.'s backing band on Prince's Parade Tour.
    More Details Hide Details At the audition, he chose the name "Raphael", and had difficulty remembering to respond to the name when he heard that he got the part to play bass in the band. He says of the experience, "Next thing I was in Tokyo, in a stadium, singin' Erotic City. We were in huge venues with the biggest sound systems in the world; all these roadies throwin' me basses, and a bunch of models hangin' round Prince to party. For almost two years. That was my university." Toni! After returning to Oakland from touring with Prince, Saadiq began his professional career as the lead vocalist and bassist in the rhythm and blues and dance trio Tony! Toni! Toné! He used the name Raphael Wiggins while in Tony! Toni! Toné!, along with his brother Dwayne Wiggins, and his cousin Timothy Christian. In the mid-1990s, he adopted the last name Saadiq, which means "man of his word" in Arabic. 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!"
  • 1966
    Born on May 14, 1966.
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