While his name might register on more than a few “newcomer” lists, Raphael Saadiq’s impressive resume stretches over two decades and time logged with classic groups Tony! Toni! TonÃ©! and Lucy Pearl, before his solo bow in 2002 with Instant Vantage, a confident collection that landed a record-setting five Grammy nods.
After a six year hiatus, The Way I See It emerged in 2008 to a chorus of praise in the pages of Rolling Stone and landing at the number one slot on the iTunes Best Of list. Saadiq’s drive to re-prove himself reverberates from every moment of the album, a star-studded affair that boasts the talents of Joss Stone, Stevie Wonder and the incomparable king of New York, Jay Z. With a brand new video for The Way standout “Staying In Love,” and a song slated to appear in forthcoming indie film Precious, Saadiq kicked off a tour of the West Coast earlier this week.
MP3: “Staying in Love”: