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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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Comments

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!
My favorite band!!!!
My favorite mint condition song ..
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☆♡☆
davidolvera6 6
Ok song
Good work nice sound
Love this song!! There harmonies are great!
Mmmmm....not h i n g like this slow mellow music ...MINT CONDITION... l o v e PRETTY BROWN EYES TOO..
Love This Song Love Me Some Mint Condition OMG My Favorite Old School Artist !!!!!!
I love this song it brings memories growin up and just really learnin bout love
This song stays in rotation on my iPod, will never get tired of this song. One of my favorites by my one and only favorite band.
venishabutle r . 8 3
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ BIGGEST MINT CONDITION FAN!!!!
That was a beautiful song
My jam <3<3
akaoanh
:-) :-)
Bring back so many memories those 90's days
I love mint Condition this is the song pretty bown you breaking my heart
Whoaa!
I can feel this!!
I love this real band !!!!
Quit breaking my heart. Man I love this song
Mint Condition gives me LIFE!!! Something about Stokley's voice (sigh) that instrument of his... soprano saxophone
❤️
csmaignan
Over and over again. its so smooth and sweet
Yes yes
This song right here!!!
Gives me a good feeling music will never sound like this so much passion ��
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
I Love Eric Benet. Nvyphius
ONE OF MY FAVORITES (BREAKING MY HEART)
shakeda88
Love them !
Im a fan
Nthg needs to be said about the MINT. I never miss them when they hit New Olreans. Can't wait to see them Feb 28th for the ZULU BALL. HAPPY MARDI GRAS!!!!!!
4sure mint was next generation male band hit we need more tradition its for us dynamic music lovers we are still their audience pure voices and harmony with clean band sound kudo!
Meant To Say Back In My Old School Day's
Love Mint Condition Back My Old School Day's Breakin My Heart Is My Favorite Song's By These Brother's Love My Old School R&B Music 2-5-14
Love this group mane, they never go out of style. We had some acts back in the days, now not so much
Saw them in concert twice now! They sound so good live! If they come back to San Diego I'm there at the show!
emare.bernar d
Um sunshine Rayne his mane is stokley
peace.ir79
Love this song will listen to it over over and over!!!!
Absolutely luv this group, they can't do no wrong
Quit Breaking My Heart!!
THE MORE I HEAR, THE MORE I LOVE THIS GROUP... COME BACK TO THE DETROIT SOON...
Only r&b live band in the world or one of the best if there's any more
Hoping your the one I choose
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