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Raphael Saadiq — the Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter, and go-to collaborator/producer for some of the biggest names in R&B, including Solange, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, and D’Angelo — releases his first new album in eight years, Jimmy Lee (Columbia Records). Inspired by his own brother’s trials and tribulations with addiction, Jimmy Lee — self-produced by Raphael at Blakeslee Recording Co. in North Hollywood — is a collection of intensely personal accounts of tragedy and perseverance set to some of his most thrilling production to date. The result is an incisive and empathetic work from a master at the peak of his art.

Watch the new video for “Something Keeps Calling,” which just went Top 5 on the Urban Adult Contemporary Radio Charts:

Recently, Raphael sat down with the New York Times to discuss some of the personal stories that went into Jimmy Lee. Says the New York Times about the new album, “As a solo artist, Saadiq has long been a master without a masterpiece for consensus to point to. Jimmy Lee could change that through sonic ambition alone.” Read the full piece here:

And listen to Raphael discuss Jimmy Lee earlier today on NPR's Morning Edition:

All vinyl versions of the album will include a secret track unavailable elsewhere. Hear / order Jimmy Lee here:

Raphael Saadiq will be announcing an expanded tour around the album – more info to come!