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Mint Condition is an R&B band from the Twin Cities. Formed in the late 1980s, its members are lead singer (and in-studio drummer/percussionist) Stokley Williams, bassist Ricky Kinchen, guitarist Homer O’Dell, pianist Larry Waddell, and keyboardist/saxophonist Jeffrey Allen, Keri Lewis (keyboards, synthseizer).

The group is well known for its highly diverse musical style (able to play anything from traditional jazz stylings to mainstream R&B and rock-based music to funk grooves and even Latin and Jamaican-based rhythms) and also its captivating live performances.

Discovered and originally signed to Perspective Records by music producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in 1989 (after being heard at a performance at a club in downtown Minneapolis called First Avenue), their debut album was entitled Meant To Be Mint (released in 1991).

Despite their musical versatility the band attempted to attract New Jack Swing listeners with their dance cut “Are You Free”, but it wasn’t successful (the song hit #55 on the R&B charts). However, they did enjoy major success with the stunning ballad “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)”.

The song stayed on the charts for 34 weeks, hitting the R&B top 5 (#3), and the Pop Top 10 (#6). Forever In Your Eyes was also successful (#7 R&B). Two years later they released their 2nd platinum album, From The Mint Factory (1993). They enjoyed success with the #2 hit “U Send Me Swingin’”, while “Someone To Love” and “So Fine” hit the R&B Top 30. 1996 saw the release of “Definition of a Band”. The album hit the R&B Top 20. Some successful singles on this album are: “What Kind Of Man Would I Be” (#2 R&B), and “You Don’t Have To Hurt No More” (#10 R&B).

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  • BelascoBoo

    Listening to these grooves lately reminds me a lot of Earth, Wind & Fire!!!

    25 Feb 1:40am Reply
  • chillforReal

    this is a real band. and real singers. love it !!!!!

    19 Jan 3:28pm Reply
  • Keila_M

    Amazing band! Awesome music! <3

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Keila_M

    Mint Condition = GREAT MUSIC!

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • mackcee

    put n work

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
  • PFE2008

    Music @ the speed of life . . . . Yet another fine album from the Mint factory.

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Maaaandyone

    Breakin' My Heart a musica que toca quando a kisha "partiu" o coração do Chris q AMO

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Aristoxenous

    Wow they're still releasing good music after 20 years.. truly timeless. The definition of a band.

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • racqueljuly

    PLEASE DON'T READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP. THIS IS SO FREAKY. 1. say your name 10 times 2. say your mom's name 5 times 3. say your crushes name 3 times 4. paste this to 4 other songs. if you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday. but if you read this and do not paste this, then you will have very bad luck. SEND THIS TO 5 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOU'RE DONE PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN. THIS IS SO FREAKY BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORK

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • UsPeaches

    Tour, Please!!!!

    8 Feb 2012 Reply
  • menelikmusic

    these guys timeless might have to buy this album even thought i'am late

    6 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Bartsurdaddy

    WHAT UP B-MORE! Peep this. http://www.baltimoresoundstage.com/event/58573/

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • gendervariant

    Urban Legends of R&B and Soul 2 (also w/ Faith Evans, Blackstreet, Keith Sweat, and Ginuwine) Planet Hollywood Theatre of Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV Ticket info here: http://aevegas.com/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=43&extmode=view&extid=10476

    28 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ONLYONEREE

    Love,Love.............. The Mint!

    31 Jul 2011 Reply
  • vsegars

    I have tix to the Mint Condition/ Jill Scott concert @ Jones Beach Thursday, July 28th in NY.. email me at vsegars@yahoo.com for more information. I have two tickets and I am going out of town so I can't use them.

    26 Jul 2011 Reply
  • cariller

    Love the Mint!!! Please vote for me!!! http://www.metrolyrics.com/beheard.php?id=68

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • MusiQ3985

    "7" rocks!

    13 Apr 2011 Reply
  • SoulJazzsterInc

    What do you guys think of their new album, "7"?

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
  • SparrowSilhouet

    "Pretty Brown Eyes" has always been my nickname!!! I LOVE this song! ALWAYS have!

    21 Mar 2011 Reply
  • TamarLovely

    It was really nice seeing them on Way Black When on TvOne going to see them on tour finally in March can't wait for that been dreaming of this for a long time I bet they great live

    19 Feb 2011 Reply
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