Grammy Award-winning musician and songwriter Raphael Saadiq, has been a go-to collaborator and producer for the biggest names in R&B including Solange Knowles, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, D’Angelo, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu and Stevie Wonder. Revered for his deep musicality, contemporary creative vision and encyclopedic knowledge of timeless pop music, his first big break came auditioning for Sheila E, landing a spot in her band which supported Prince on his 1986 Parade world tour. Saddiq formed the group Tony! Toni! Toné! and experienced considerable success on radio and MTV in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s and further formed the urban supergroup Lucy Pearl in 1999. His solo career kicked off with 2002 with Instant Vintage followed by Ray Ray (2004), The Way I See It (2008) and Stone Rollin’ (2011) which landed on numerous Top Ten best albums lists.
He remains a true musician’s musician, with Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Mick Jagger and Lady Gaga among the many superstars who tapped him to play bass or guitar on high-profile projects, including Gaga’s memorable David Bowie tribute at the 2016 Grammy Awards. He co-wrote career-defining hits for D’Angelo (“Untitled (How Does It Feel)”) and Solange (“Cranes in the Sky”), and his compositions have been covered, sampled or referenced by everyone from Ed Sheeran to Drake. In 2012, Saadiq was named to Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list and in 2017, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song “Mighty River” from the film Mudbound, which he co-wrote with Mary J. Blige. On television, Saadiq is the composer in residence for Isa Rae’s hit HBO show Insecure. His highly anticipated next solo album, Jimmy Lee, is available now.
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