Raphael Saadiq just announced his first headline tour dates in several years. The Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning musician and producer will head out on a seven-city run including headline shows in NYC, Boston, Philadelphia and more, and a performance at Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival (read ‘The Meaning of Soul Music According to Raphael Saadiq’ via 2017 Pitchfork here).
The dates come as he’s set to finish work on his anticipated fifth solo album and first since 2011’s Stone Rollin’. The upcoming shows follow 2017 performances as a headliner at Afropunk Brooklyn, a surprise appearance with A Tribe Called Quest at FYF Fest 2017, and several dates with Maxwell, among other shows. In addition to his own music, Raphael has been working on many high profile projects with other musicians. In the last year, he has worked with the likes of Chromeo, Justin Timberlake, Rick Ross, Little Dragon, and much more. In 2016, he also served as executive producer on Solange’s critically lauded album A Seat at the Table.
Saadiq has become a musical go-to in the film & television world over the last several years. He received his first Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for co-writing the song “Mighty River” from Mudbound with co-songwriters Mary J. Blige and Taura Stinson. In addition to his work on Mudbound, he composes the music for HBO’s hit series Insecure which returns soon for a third season. Saadiq also scored the Netflix film Step Sisters and the Sundance documentary STEP with Laura Karpman; and he has composed music for the film Black Nativity, television shows Underground (WGN) and Rebel (BET), performed on Luke Cage (Netflix), among others.
Raphael Saadiq’s first foray into the international music scene came as a teenager when he performed as part of Sheila E.’s backing band and toured with Prince. Saadiq has also released critically acclaimed solo albums including his five-time Grammy-nominated debut album Instant Vintage and 2004’s Ray Ray. For the last two decades, Saadiq has also worked behind the scenes as a celebrated producer and songwriter for major artists including D’Angelo (Grammy-winner for “How Does It Feel”), John Legend, Miguel, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, The Isley Brothers, TLC, Whitney Houston, the Bee Gees, Joss Stone, and more. He was also a founding member of the multi-platinum selling group Tony! Toni! Toné!