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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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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.

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

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  • How to book Raphael Saadiq?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Raphael Saadiq for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form 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 pricing information and check availability for Raphael Saadiq or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Raphael Saadiq?

    Booking fees for Raphael Saadiq, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Raphael Saadiq, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Raphael Saadiq?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Raphael Saadiq for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent 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. Fill out the booking request form 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 talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Raphael Saadiq or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Raphael Saadiq or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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 $50,000 - $100,000. 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 Wyclef Jean, Taio Cruz, Jeremih, Anthony Hamilton and 50 Cent. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Raphael Saadiq for an upcoming event.

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  • 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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