Raphael Saadiq Rocks New York City; Readies New Material

Published: Monday 7th Feb 2011 by Sam

Two and a half years after his Grammy-nominated album, The Way I See It, Raphael Saadiq is back with his fifth studio album, Stone Rollin’ (to be released March 22, 2011 on Columbia Records).

This past Thursday night, That Grape Juice attended Saadiq’s exclusive listening event entitled “Saadiq Sessions” at The Royalton Hotel in New York City. Accompanied by an acoustic trio of guitar, bass, and percussion, Raphael took his audience on a journey of classic R&B inspired from the 60’s and 70’s that he has fused with a futuristic twist.

He treated the audience to song after song after song, including the lead single Radio (available now on iTunes), title song Stone Rollin’, Moving Down the Line, Good Man, Just Don’t, and an encore performance of Heart Attack.

Effortlessly, his visual presence perfectly matched his musical styling. Decked out in black frames, dark blue turtleneck, double breasted blazer, Windsor plaid slacks, and Chelsea boots, Raphael’s style could share the same title of his first solo album, Instant Vintage. Listening to his new body of work, and looking at his sartorial selections, you can easily understand his influence by musical legends such as Chuck Berry, Little Walter, Sly Stone, and Stevie Wonder as well as indie acts that he regularly listens to.

Saadiq said “Both the attraction and the reaction to my music from my listeners has given me all that I need to continue pushing the envelope and making music that waves and rocks the soul of many. It’s ready. I’m ready. And I know the world is ready. Let’s all go Stone Rollin.”

If his preview party was just a taste of what’s to come, then his planned upcoming tour is surely one not to be missed. Be sure to catch him as he performs alongside Sir Mick Jagger at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday February 13th as they pay tribute to the late great King of Rock & Soul Solomon Burke.

Check out pics from the show below, which was attended by Columbia Music head Steve Barnett (pictured)

{Pictures and words by That Grape Juice New York correspondent Carl Ayers}

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  1. BENJAMIN February 7, 2011

    Big fan of his, excited about his Grammy performance.

  2. ~aMaZiNG.Lee~ February 7, 2011

    He is without a doubt one of my favorite artists EVER! I think it’s such a shame that when I talk to someone about him, the only way they know who he is is if I tell them he was the lead singer of Tony Toni Tone. I get so aggravated that he’s so underrated as a solo artist. He’s so f****** amazing! And I cannot wait until he tours and releases new music! Loves him to pieces! <3

  3. ~BeySoBreezy~ February 7, 2011

    This man is the epitome of underrated. I pray that the industry one day embraces talent like his, and learn to push out more positive messages to my generation and the generations to come. Cant wait for him to release new material 🙂

  4. Jerri February 23, 2011

    This dude just keeps getting better and better! The video for “Good Man” has got to be one of my favorites! http://vevo.ly/iifvN8

  5. tander April 20, 2011

    Now available on iTunes for pre-order is Stone Rollin’ from Raphael Saadiq http://bit.ly/hMkGyU. Album will release 5/10 & Im loving every single track and video I’ve seen so far

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