Better Than the Rest: Raphael Saadiq, 2008

One of my favorite contemporary artists is Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins; went by Raphael Wiggins for a short time).  Unlike some 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 spans the genres and reaches many…

Just Hold On: Etymology, Part 2

It’s time to dig again into the nature of the genre of soul music. When one looks up the definition of “soul music” — not “soul” as we had investigated before — online, one finds various versions with some common elements. Google calls soul music a kind of music incorporating elements of rhythm and blues and gospel music,…

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…

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 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 — musicality. Amy…