Raphael Saadiq provides the soundtrack to this week's Y3W. The song is "Movin' Down the Line" off his new album "Stone Rollin'."
Saadiq is an award winning singer, songwriter and producer, known for "old school" rhythm and blues.
He has put his own contemporary spin on the style of music made famous by legends such as Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone.
Saadiq started playing guitar, drums and bass at age 6. After high school, he won a chance to join Prince and Sheila E. on their 1984 world tour.
Beginning in the late '80s, he was lead vocalist and bass player for the R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné!. After leaving the group, he recorded singles for the movies "Higher Learning" and "Boyz in the Hood," performed with other groups and in 2002 released his first solo album, "Instant Vintage."
Saadiq is also an accomplished producer, with credits on albums by artists including Macy Gray, TLC and the Roots. Other notable artists he's worked with as either producer, collaborator or sideman include Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, the Bee Gees and Earth Wind & Fire.
"Stone Rollin'" is his fourth studio album and was released in May. It debuted as the No. 1 R&B album on Billboard's Top 200 album chart.
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