Raphael Saddiq was an American R&B and soul singer born by the name of Charles Ray Wiggins. As a child, he sang in a gospel music act, but once he turned eighteen he got his first taste of music as the touring bassist for Shelia E's backing band. In the late 1980s and early 90s, Saddiq started his first band Tony! Toni! Toné!, a project comprised of Raphael's brother Dwayne Wiggins and cousin Timothy Christian Riley. The group had fairly good success having three of their four albums reach platinum status in the United States. Raphael shared vocals helping lead the way to five #1 singles on the R&B charts. He may be best known for his collaborations, though. He helped write and produce D'Angelo's Grammy winning hit "Untitled (How Does it Feel)" and produced 2003's best R&B song "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)". Other artists he has worked with include Whitney Houston, Mary J Blige, Snoop Dogg, and Stevie Wonder among countless others. In 2002, Saddiq released his first solo album Instant Vintage. The album was a hit earning him five Grammy nominations. After two more solo albums, in 2008 he put out "The Way I See It" which put him on the map touring worldwide including festivals such as Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and Stockholm Jazz Festival. His latest release, 2011's Stone Rollin', holds five hit singles and has garnered him more attention. Since this release, Raphael Saddiq has made numerous television appearances notably his Mick Jagger tribute at the 53rd Grammy Awards. Raphael still actively tours and has become a major force in the R&B genre.