soul, funk, R&B with pop influence
The 43 year old singer, songwriter, producer and actor is a seasoned pro already, but his career seems to rise to the next level with his latest album The Way I See It. Having always shown deep understanding for the roots of soul and R&B, he now even more clearly takes the torch from soul masters, like Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder, and goes on with that line of lushly melodic, spacy songs and subtle funkiness.
Charlie Ray Wiggins was born and bred in Oakland, California, and sang and played bass early on. In the 70’s and 80’s he did it in church, in the 90’s in a trio called Tony! Toni! Toné! that also included his brother Dwayne Wiggins and cousin Timothy Christian. That’s when he became Raphael Saadiq.
Before his current success, Saadiq has put out three solo albums. Instant Vintage (2002) that he describes as “gospedelic”, All Hits At The House of Blues (2003) and Ray Ray (2004) all charted nicely. He runs two record labels: Pookie Entertainment and Velma. T!T!T! did four albums and Lucy Pearl (with En Vogue’s Dawn Robinson and A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad) did one. Saadiq has produced D’Angelo and Joss Stone, and worked with Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Isley Brothers, Kelis and Steveie Wonder, to name a few.