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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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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"
This is my jam! These brothers can blow!
You can hear GOOD music especially when it comes from a group that plays their OWN instruments. . . Oh! and Stokley voice just gives me chills every time.... Talented musicians
t.moody007
What kind of man/woman would we be.. Speaks to the soul
I LOVE Maxwell, he is such a smooth operator.
lovepeacenjo i
Someone to Love. Beautiful. Tears.
My jam
I remember Mint CONDITION BACK IN THE DAYS W MY FRIEND LA BUBBA LOKA...
My man steve goodrich song this to me,I cryed I did not know he could sing that dam good,wow
Wow, I can listen to this all the time.
Quit Breaking My Heart..Break i n g My Heart.. If Only Music Still Had Meaning Like This :0 The World Would B A Better Place
This reminds me of my high school days!!!
lovepeacenjo i
I am certain that I'm Ready will be played at my wedding reception. This song gives me chills. That guitar...and Stokley. I CANT!!!
Lovin it
Great classic straight two stepping, head bobbing, and finger snapping song right here oh how life was so easy back then lol
jennefer771
Love this
Just seen these guys for the 2nd time & they were even better than the 1st time! Mint Condition 4EVER!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Luv U Guys :)
mint condition is a real band u don't have that no more! that's sad!!! missing them. luv ya!!!!
lol lol lol ! f offf!!
the grammys b**ches! n winners for life !!!
so true!!!!
Mint Condition please come back to San Diego again! I know you were just here in January but I'm feenin to see you again! Lol
That instrument of his (crazy)
paigealexisg r e e n
love this song. Real music
catsmilejoy
Icons indeed!
Grown folks stand up !
Love this song I can hear this song all day
jane_garcia5
this song has me reminiscing!
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