Raphael Saadiq, whose real name was Charlie Ray Wiggins, was born
on 14 May 1966 in Oakland, California (USA). He learned music
from the age of six years. At school he will participate in several
small groups and discovering a passion. In 1988, with his brother
and a cousin, he founded the group Tony! Toni! Tone! which will
be the spearhead of the New Jack Swing music (a mixture of hip-hop,
hard rock and R'n'B) until the mid-90s. Raphael Saadiq left the
group in 1996 and set up a new project more R'n'B, Lucy Pearl,
which will give rise to a self-titled album in 2000 before disappearing.
Raphael this time abandoning the project group and began solo.