GRAMMY-winning recording artist Raphael Saadiq was the featured guest in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's The Drop series on March 23. Before an intimate audience at the Clive Davis Theater, Saadiq discussed topics such as his recent GRAMMY performance with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, touring and his latest album, Stone Rollin'. Following the discussion, Saadiq performed a brief set, including a rendition of the album's title track.
"He's more than a legend, he's a real musician," said Saadiq of Jagger, with whom he performed "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" in tribute to the late soul legend Solomon Burke at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in February. "He's a blues guy and a rock guy, gospel — he loves all kinds of music. So it was really a natural fit for both of us to work together."
Born Charlie Ray Wiggins in Oakland, Calif., Saadiq began playing music at the age of 6. He received his first career break in 1986, landing an opportunity to play in Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter Governor Sheila E.'s band during a tour opening for Prince. In 1987 he formed the R&B/soul trio Tony! Toni! Toné! with his brother, Dwayne Wiggins, and cousin, Timothy Christian. The group charted six songs in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including "If I Had No Loot," which reached No. 7 in 1993. Saadiq next made a foray into producing, collaborating with artists such as D'Angelo, Macy Gray, the Roots, and TLC. His debut solo album, Instant Vintage, was released in 2002 and garnered three GRAMMY nominations. That same year, Saadiq won his lone GRAMMY to date for Best R&B Song for "Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip-Hop)," a song he co-wrote with Erykah Badu and Common, among others, featured on the soundtrack for the film Brown Sugar. Saadiq landed three more GRAMMY nominations in 2008, including Best R&B Album for The Way I See It. Stone Rollin', which NPR has described as "a full cycle of moods and grooves," was released on May 10.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include An Evening With Booker T. Jones (May 12); From Vision To Vinyl: A Step-By-Step Look At Vinyl Production (May 18); Forever Young: Celebrating Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday (May 24); the inaugural installment of Homegrown, a series that will spotlight Los Angeles-based artists, featuring Andy Grammer (May 31); An Evening With Flavor Flav (June 1); and American Express Presents The Drop: Diane Schuur (June 9).
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