On a recent pleasurable visit to Blakeslee Recording Studio in Burbank, California, I sat down with studio owner Raphael Saadiq to discuss his latest project “Jimmy Lee.” Saadiq shared glimpses of his childhood growing up in Oakland, California and his emergence as an artist, songwriter, and producer, as well as the creation of what the world now knows as the album “Jimmy Lee,” named aptly for his brother. It is a collection of songs that most can relate to in one way or another. Raphael is candid, humble, and brilliant. His artistry has touched and crossed over a multitude of facets in the entertainment industry including movies and television. The first single from the album, titled “Something Keeps Calling” featuring Rob Bacon, came in recently at no.1 on the Urban Contemporary/R&B chart.
Enjoy my conversation with Raphael Saadiq at Blakeslee Studio where his hits come to life:
Choose the way you fly!
Hands On, Headpones On, and Figuring the Rest Out As I Go
Exploring the Vinyl Universe
We all relate to the healing power of music.
Chant Your Mantra
Mundane musings from a collector of the quotidian
Legendary Guitar Licks and Original Songs
everything is a story
Old editors never die, they just revert to type
Art and Ideas of Juan Navarro
Photos of the Great Lakes State
Real Estate Matters with Realtor Freeman Burns
the Story within the Story