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5 Questions With ... Raphael Saadiq
GRAMMY-winning recording artist Raphael Saadiq recently visited The Recording Academy Washington, D.C. Chapter at 9:30 in Washington, D.C., for an installment of 5 Questions With … . Saadiq discussed his personal career highlights, the influence of social media, artists he is currently listening to, and his advice for young musicians, among other topics.
"The way to stay inspired and motivated is by doing what you like, doing what you love," responded Saadiq when asked about his advice for young musicians. "If you really love music, people can tell if you love music. You have to just stick with it. Frustrations are going to be there in every profession you're in."
Born Charlie Ray Wiggins in Oakland, Calif., Saadiq began playing music at the age of 6. 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 Billboard Hot 100 Top 40, including "If I Had No Loot," which reached No. 7 in 1993. As a producer, Saadiq has collaborated 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, that was 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. Saadiq performed "Everybody Needs Someone To Love" with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger in tribute to the late Solomon Burke at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards this past February. His latest album, Stone Rollin', was released on May 10.
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