Happy Sunday everyone!
Many of you may remember Raphael Saadiq from the group Tony! Toni! Toné! He was also a member of the group Lucy Pearl which also included Dawn Robinson (Envogue) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Saadiq has gone solo and continued making albums through the years; he has also collaborated with many different music artists. I think that Saadiq is one of the most underrated music artists. However, he did make Time Magazine's list of The World's 100 Most Influential People. Yes!
Last year, Toyota released a commercial advertising the new Prius car. The commercial features Raphael Saadiq singing and strumming his guitar alongside the car with 3 beautiful woman of color, including 1 natural :-) The song is catchy and fun. It makes you wish that he would have made the song longer than 30 seconds (hint, hint). The commercial makes me want to go out and buy a Prius lol. Mission accomplished for them! Also, I think the commercial has helped to give Saadiq the attention that he deserves. His current songs have a soulful Motown-ish sound to them that brings you back to real music. Here are some his tracks over the years:
"Anniversary" by Tony Toni Tone
"Dance Tonight" by Lucy Pearl
"Get Involved" by Lucy Pearl and Q-Tip from "The PJs" soundtrack
"Still Ray" by Raphael Saadiq
"Love That Girl" by Raphael Saadiq. This song was also used
as the theme song for the TV show "Love That Girl" featuring
"Keep Marching" by Raphael Saadiq was featured on Tyler Perry's film
"Madea Goes to Jail".