July 19, 2021

Roots to Grooves – Raphael Saadiq

Welcome to our weekly podcast “Roots to Grooves”.
Each episode explores the music, life and careers of musical artists from their earliest beginnings through to their most recent releases.

This week musicians Jay Purcell and Jesse Quigley discuss the career and creative approaches of multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer “Raphael Saadiq“.

Born Charles Ray Wiggins, “Raphael Saadiq” officially cemented his solo career in 2002 with his debut album “Instant Vintage“. A sarcastic title, the album was a nod to the throwaway culture of instant pop music which Raphael believed consumed the mainstream music scene at the time. But this debut release was not the start of his career. His history includes playing in bars when he was just 7 years old, going on tour with Prince when he was 19 years old, being a part of one of the early 90’s biggest selling R&B acts and producing for artists including 2Pac and Mary J. Blige. Jay and Jesse explore more in this latest episode of Roots to Grooves.

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