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Mint Condition

Formed in the early '80s in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mint Condition began as lead singer Stokley Williams, guitarist Homer O'Dell, keyboardist Larry Waddell, keyboardist/saxophonist Jeff Allen, keyboardist/guitarist Keri Lewis, and guitarist/bassist Rick Kinchen. The six talented musicians combined a variety of influences and experiences to shape their own sound. Williams began playing classic West African instruments at the age of four, while O'Dell grew up listening to his father play blues bass and singing with him in a family group. Waddell played in a recording arts band at school and mastered keyboards by listening to jazz greats Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock. Exposed to his father's extensive jazz collection, Allen played keyboards and sax in local bands throughout his high school years, as Lewis was mastering keyboards, percussion, and guitar while attending school. Kinchen's first and strongest influence was his family, all of whom played instruments and encouraged his interest in music. He developed his skills as a bass player by listening to records by Stanley Clarke and Louis Johnson of the Brothers Johnson. Kinchen played in various bands in his native Chicago and performed at several productions at Kennedy-King College before moving to the Twin Cities.

The band was featured at the 1986 Minnesota Black Musician Awards program and built a strong core following for itself in a multiple-state area (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas, and Nebraska) as a result of its dazzling, highly energetic live shows. Mint Condition came to the attention of Minneapolis R&B producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis as a result of a showcase performance in 1989. The band had steady success beginning with the hits "(Breaking My Heart) Pretty Brown Eyes" and "Forever in Your Eyes" from its debut, Meant to Be Mint (1991), and with "Nobody Does It Betta" and "(U Send Me) Swinging" from its second album, From the Mint Factory (1993); the group continued with the platinum success of the single "What Kind of Man Would I Be" from its gold album Definition of a Band (1996).

Approaching the 21st century, Mint Condition were the only high-profile R&B/pop band with a major-label recording contract. In 1999, they released the excellent Life's Aquarium, which was led by the Top Five Billboard R&B single "If You Love Me." However, it would be their last release for a major, even though it was their first Top Ten R&B album. Throughout the early 2000s, their profile wasn't nearly as high, but their core following remained and developed along with a consistently high-quality series of unique independent albums, including Livin' the Luxury Brown (2005), Live from the 9:30 Club (2006), E-Life (2008), 7... (2011), and Music @ the Speed of Life (2012). ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
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Love this SONG
What!!!! What are you doing with the love.?☺
Thank you Mint Condition for helping to my heart!!
Tell me what you gonna do quit breaking my heart....... .
Nothing left too Say bye
So cute.:-) :-) :-) :-)
Great song. It speaks of 2 people avoiding infidelity.
My SONG LOVE MINT CONDITION
that's a real love Son☺️
I won't break your heart baby .
Like brown eyes in my ladies!
My auntie say dis ha song I love her
My momma brought me here lol.
These tops offs it off..feeling wondering
Band of all band a touch if everythig
You know you caught my eye
I'm so in love with mint condition:-)
toshakop
oooooooOOOoo o o O O O O O o o o o o o . . . . so sexxxy!
jakki.byrd
MINTHEAD FOR LIFE
lovepeacenjo i
I listen to Mint Condition albums like they came out yesterday. Like some people listen to Beyonce lol
Love me some Mint condition
Mint Condition is the best. Follow and I'll follow back.
wow everybody seemed to have slept on the Life's Aquarium cd, really, really nice sound off of that one
This is a Real Classes Classic.
They sang about a man that has insight and courage to stand in truth about a situation they both would regret...a masterpiece
Just a little shout to all the ladies who are so fine. Especially my two followers, ash and laven what up. Keep it real today and always.
The only thing that's for sure is the never that YOU never know
Such a woman of Quality
Love this group they don't make them like this anymore
One of da best band in our generation ...I was 24 when this came best times riding around playing this with da one u love at that time in my life
jordan_0334
I love this always have an always will !!������
IT WAS ALL MINT TO ENCOUNTER THIS ECSTASY. RIGHT
Do ya ?
Do ya believe in God like I believe in God ?
styler0946
man, this is taking me back. good times.
jbanchs79
Baby making music ;))
alexis24alle n 2 6
This my jam
For your smile
Groups now a days need to take lessons from real groups like mint condition
The LAST real R&B group. ..END OF STORY
I recently met Stokley in Tampa. The dude is timeless!!!
Stokely is Super Talented! I'd LOVE to have a conversation with him...
I wait for the day: I love it, too dope for words.
Love
timeless..go t to see them twice! lovely nights
One of my fav from them!!!
I absolutely love this band. They are my all-time favorite.
Yasssssss!!! ! ! ! ! !
These cats shut it down. They write good melodies, and can sing and obviously the instruments are always on point. Everyone else is stuck using electronic programmed production but these boys bring the band element and it works every time !
vdaniels1970
This is "singing"
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