Raphael Saadiq: Music Had To Be My Therapy

Death, Sex & Money

By WNYC Studios

Raphael Saadiq: Music Had To Be My Therapy

Wednesday, 4 September

Raphael Saadiq's career took off as a member of the R&B trio Tony! Toni! Toné!—a group whose music taught me, a pre-teen at the time, a thing or two about romance and sexiness. He left that group in the mid-'90s, launching a successful solo career and co-writing and producing music with everyone from Solange and Mary J. Blige to John Legend and D'Angelo. 

Raphael's latest solo album is titled Jimmy Lee—named after an older brother who died of a heroin overdose years ago. I talk with him about how he's dealt with family deaths over the years, about paying off his studio, and about what his love life looks today, in his mid-50s. 

Anna Sale and Raphael Saadiq (Katie Bishop)

Listen to Anna's Spotify playlist of her favorite Raphael Saadiq songs and collaborations here.

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