By Alex Pappademas. He was sitting in a control room at his studio, Blakeslee Recording, surrounded by totems of the past — a trophy from the first talent show he won at Elmhurst Junior High in Oakland, Calif. Saadiq, 53, wore a pale-blue T-shirt and periodically tugged at his twists of hair.
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Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer, Raphael Saadiq says his new music may be his most honest ever. But there was one subject he stayed away from in his music: His family and a series of tragedies he's endured. The year-old singer has named his new record "Jimmy Lee" after his older brother who died of a heroin overdose. People look down on addicts. And he was sort of the black sheep of the family. He was looked at like nothing to a lot of people," Saadiq said.
Over the course of his life, Charlie Ray Wiggins a. Raphael Saadiq has lost siblings to drugs, murder, suicide and a car accident. Despite that deluge of misfortune, his three-decade music career has stuck to an ethos laid out by his first top ten hit with Tony! This has been like therapy for me a little in a way.
He rose to fame as a member of the multiplatinum group Tony! He is a co-founder of independent video game developer IllFonic , which developed Friday the 13th: The Game. His fourth studio album, Stone Rollin' , was released on March 25, Saadiq was born in Oakland, California , the second-youngest of 14 siblings.