to be better than the rest – Raphael Saadiq, contemporary

CONTEMPORARY ( – present) One of my favorite contemporary artists is Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins; went by Raphael Wiggins for a short time).  Unlike some of the other contemporary artists we have profiled, Raphael differs in his age and experience.  He has been in the industry for some time with a musicality that…

fun fact!

In her final years during a career renaissance, Amy told friend and hip-hop artist Mos Def that she would like her next project to be a collaboration with him, Questlove, and Raphael Saadiq. She would never see it come to fruition. BONUS: In 2008, Amy became the first British female to win five Grammy Awards, including the…

Said Goodbye With Words (Amy Winehouse, 2006)

Today we feature an artist who has carried on the legacy and lasting impact of soul music since its apogee in the 50s and 60s with a defiance of convention that Otis Redding demonstrated with his authenticity. She would have the vocal genius to carve out her own purview of soul, blues, funk and jazz with unrivaled — and effortless…