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Raphael Saadiq

American Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Guitarist, and Record Producer.

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Raphael Saadiq Biography

Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins in Oakland, California; May 14, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Saadiq has been a standard bearer for 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, D'Angelo, TLC, Mary J. Blige and John Legend. He and D'Angelo were occasional members of The Ummah, a music production collective, composed of members Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, and the late Jay Dee (also known as J Dilla) of the Detroit-based group Slum Village.

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!, where he was joined by 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. Tony! Toni! Toné! became major R&B superstars throughout the late-1980s and 1990s. However, after the 1996 album “House of Music,” failed to duplicate previous success, Tony! Toni! Toné! went their separate ways.

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 Singles chart and at #2 on the R&B chart. In 1997, Saadiq hooked up with EPMD 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 “The PJs” and on its soundtrack.

In 1999, Saadiq's next big project became the R&B supergroup Lucy Pearl. He recorded the self-titled album with Dawn Robinson of En Vogue and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest. The group only released one album, their self-titled 2000 release.

He released his first solo album Instant Vintage in 2002 which reached #25 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and #6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album earned him his first Grammy nominations, for Best R&B Album, while “Be Here” was nominated for Best R&B Song and Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2003.

In 2004, Saadiq released the album “Ray Ray” on his own record label Pookie Entertainment. It peaked at #86 on the Billboard 200, at #18 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at #3 on the Top Independent Albums charts.

His third solo album, “The Way I See It,” was released on Columbia Records in 2008. The album debuted at #19 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. It garnered three Grammy nominations including Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Never Give You Up" featuring Stevie Wonder and CJ Hilton, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “Love That Girl” and Best R&B Album.

“Stone Rollin’” was released in 2011 and it debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Its single, “Good Man” reached #52 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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    Speaking fees for Raphael Saadiq, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Raphael Saadiq are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Raphael Saadiq, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Raphael Saadiq speak about?

    Raphael Saadiq is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Entertainers, Speakers by Industry.
  • Where does Raphael Saadiq travel from?

    Raphael Saadiq generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Raphael Saadiq’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Raphael Saadiq for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Raphael Saadiq for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Raphael Saadiq or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Raphael Saadiq Biography

Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins in Oakland, California; May 14, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Saadiq has been a standard bearer for 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, D'Angelo, TLC, Mary J. Blige and John Legend. He and D'Angelo were occasional members of The Ummah, a music production collective, composed of members Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, and the late Jay Dee (also known as J Dilla) of the Detroit-based group Slum Village.

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!, where he was joined by 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. Tony! Toni! Toné! became major R&B superstars throughout the late-1980s and 1990s. However, after the 1996 album “House of Music,” failed to duplicate previous success, Tony! Toni! Toné! went their separate ways.

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 Singles chart and at #2 on the R&B chart. In 1997, Saadiq hooked up with EPMD 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 “The PJs” and on its soundtrack.

In 1999, Saadiq's next big project became the R&B supergroup Lucy Pearl. He recorded the self-titled album with Dawn Robinson of En Vogue and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest. The group only released one album, their self-titled 2000 release.

He released his first solo album Instant Vintage in 2002 which reached #25 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and #6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album earned him his first Grammy nominations, for Best R&B Album, while “Be Here” was nominated for Best R&B Song and Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2003.

In 2004, Saadiq released the album “Ray Ray” on his own record label Pookie Entertainment. It peaked at #86 on the Billboard 200, at #18 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at #3 on the Top Independent Albums charts.

His third solo album, “The Way I See It,” was released on Columbia Records in 2008. The album debuted at #19 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. It garnered three Grammy nominations including Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Never Give You Up" featuring Stevie Wonder and CJ Hilton, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “Love That Girl” and Best R&B Album.

“Stone Rollin’” was released in 2011 and it debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Its single, “Good Man” reached #52 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Raphael Saadiq Videos

  • Raphael Saadiq NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert - YouTube
  • Raphael SAADIQ - Interview - YouTube
  • Billboard Q&A: Raphael Saadiq - "The Way I See It" - YouTube

FAQs on booking Raphael Saadiq

  • How do I book Raphael Saadiq to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Raphael Saadiq for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Raphael Saadiq, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Raphael Saadiq or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Raphael Saadiq

    Speaking fees for Raphael Saadiq, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Raphael Saadiq are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Raphael Saadiq, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Raphael Saadiq speak about?

    Raphael Saadiq is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Entertainers, Speakers by Industry.
  • Where does Raphael Saadiq travel from?

    Raphael Saadiq generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Raphael Saadiq’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Raphael Saadiq for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Raphael Saadiq for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Raphael Saadiq or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Raphael Saadiq is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Raphael Saadiq for your event is available upon request. Raphael Saadiq generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ginuwine, LeToya Luckett, Rich Homie Quan, T-Pain and Killer Mike. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Raphael Saadiq for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Raphael Saadiq Speaker Videos

  • Raphael Saadiq NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert - YouTube
    Raphael SAADIQ - Interview - YouTube
  • Billboard Q&A: Raphael Saadiq - "The Way I See It" - YouTube

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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