Friday, February 6, 2009
Raphael Saadiq - Sir Elton's Special Guest
The Elton John AIDS Foundation announced today that Grammy-nominated artist Raphael Saadiq will perform at the 17th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. The event will be co-hosted by Elton and David Furnish, and will be co-sponsored by Chopard, Jo and Raffy Manoukian and VH1.
Oakland native Raphael Saadiq came into the music world in the late 1980s as the lead singer and bass player for the multi-platinum R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! After leaving the group, Saadiq began writing and producing for some of today's top musicians including Joss Stone, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, and Mary J. Blige. In 2000, his work as a producer won Saadiq a Grammy for the song 'Untitled' from D'Angelo's Voodoo, and in 2002, he released his much-anticipated first solo album, 'Instant Vintage', a collection of soulful songs that earned him five Grammy nominations. In September 2008, Saadiq released his third solo album, 'The Way I See It', which landed him the #1 position on iTunes Top Albums of the Year. 'The Way I See It' has earned Saadiq three Grammy nominations. "The Way I See It is a masterpiece," said Elton. "I think it is one of the best albums of the year and certainly the best R&B album of the year. I'm absolutely thrilled and excited that he will be performing at our Oscar party. I can't wait to hear the songs live."
The Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Viewing Party, the most successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night, has once again appointed New York City-based event design company Antony Todd Incorporated to transform the 'Outdoor Plaza' of the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood into an elegant arena. EJAF has also announced the evening's event chairs: David and Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Joseph Blount and Craig Reynolds, Tom Calderone, Richard Cook, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, Stephen Daldry, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, Diane Jenkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Limato, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Stone, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Donatella Versace and John Walters.