Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq (; born Charles Ray Wiggins; May 14, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He rose to fame as a member of the multiplatinum group Tony! Toni! Toné! In addition to his solo and group career, he has also produced songs for such artists as Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Stevie Wonder, Joss Stone, D'Angelo, TLC, En Vogue, Kelis, Mary J. Blige, Ledisi, Whitney Houston, Solange Knowles and John Legend. Music critic Robert Christgau has called Saadiq the "preeminent R&B artist of the '90s".Saadiq and D'Angelo were occasional members of The Ummah, a music production collective, composed of members Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of the hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, and J Dilla of Slum Village. Saadiq is also a co-founder of independent video game developer IllFonic, which developed Friday the 13th: The Game. Saadiq has released five solo albums, including the critically acclaimed retro-styled The Way I See It (2008) and Stone Rollin' (2011). The more contemporary-sounding Jimmy Lee was released in 2019. Inspired by spiritual and societal themes and personal family tragedies, it earned Saadiq further acclaim.


Birth nameCharles Ray Wiggins
ActivitySinger, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer
LabelsColumbia, Pookie, Universal
Musical instrumentsVocals, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards
RelatedTony! Toni! Toné!, Lucy Pearl, Adrian Marcel, , Jake and the Phatman, Joi, Joss Stone, John Legend, Kelis, Kid Cudi, Solange Knowles
Years of activity1983–present

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