I like this. Sure Hope You Mean It is an instant classic. Calling is pretty cool, too. I’m a sucker for Sweet Soul Music. It’s finger-poppin’ time!
Raphael Saadiq (born Charlie Ray Wiggins May 14, 1966, Oakland, California), is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Saadiq has been a standard bearer for “old school” R&B since his early days as a member of the multiplatinum group Tony! Toni! Toné! He also produced songs of such artists as Joss Stone, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige, and John Legend.
Saadiq has been playing the bass guitar since the age of six. He first began singing at age 12 with a group called “The Gospel Humminbirds”. After high school, Saadiq joined Prince and Sheila E. on the Parade Tour.
Saadiq’s latest critically acclaimed album, The Way I See It, released on September 16, 2008, featuring artists Stevie Wonder, Joss Stone and Jay-Z, received three Grammy Award Nominations and voted Best Album on iTunes of 2008.