Singer and multi instrumentalist Raphael Saadiq was born as Charles Ray Wiggins and started playing music at age six. He played bass guitar in church and at local events and aquired a real taste for music. After touring with Prince, in Sheila E.’s band, he started for real: with his brother and cousin, he formed successful eighties band Tony! Toni! Toné!. After that, Saadiq went solo, apart from a stint with supergroup Lucy Pearl. He is renowned for his old school R&B and in 2003 received a Grammy Award for the song Love of My Life (Ode to Hip-Hop). Besides as a musician, Saadiq has also been immensely successful as a producer, working with such artists as Mary J. Blige, Joss Stone, John Legend and d’Angelo. In 2011 he released his latest album Stone Rollin’; in that same year, he performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam..