Stokley Williams

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Stokley Williams
140218-F-VU439-229 Stokley Williams, Mint Condition lead singer, Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, 2014.jpg
Background information
Birth name Stokley Williams[1]
Born (1967-07-15)July 15, 1967[2]
Origin St. Paul, Minnesota[3][4]
Genres R&B, soul, neo soul
Occupation(s) Drummer, Singer-songwriter, producer[5]
Instruments Vocals, Drums, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards
Years active 1980–present
Labels Perspective, Elektra, Image, Shanachie
Associated acts Mint Condition, A Tribe Called Quest

Stokley Williams is an American singer, musician, and percussionist, best known as the lead singer of the band Mint Condition.[6]

In 2011, he was featured on Kelly Price's new song "Not My Daddy" from her album Kelly which earned him his first Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance.[7]

Discography as a session musician[edit]

Sounds of Blackness - The Evolution of Gospel (1991)

  • "Optimistic" (handclaps)
  • "The Pressure Pt. 1" (background vocals)
  • "The Pressure Pt. 2" (background vocals)

Karyn White - Ritual of Love (1991)

  • "Ritual Of Love" (percussion)
  • "Love That's Mine" (background vocals)
  • "Do Unto Me" (drummer)
  • "Hard To Say Goodbye" (drum programming, percussion, background vocals)

Mo' Money - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1992)

  • The Harlem Yacht Club- "Brother Will" (drummer)

Janet Jackson - janet. (1993)

  • "What'll I Do" (drummer)
  • "The Body That Loves You" (percussion)

Johnny Gill - Provocative (1993)

  • "The Floor" (background vocals)
  • "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (background vocals)
  • "Mastersuite" (drummer, percussion)
  • "Quiet Time To Play" (percussion)
  • "I Know Where I Stand" (percussion)

Color Me Badd - Time and Chance (1993)

  • "The Bells" (drummer)[8]

Jason's Lyric - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1994)

Karyn White - Make Him Do Right (1994)

  • "One Minute" (drummer, percussion)

Sounds of Blackness - Africa to America: The Journey of the Drum (1994)

  • "The Lord Will Make A Way" (drummer, percussion)
  • "The Drum (Africa To America)" (percussion)

J. Spencer - Blue Moon (1995)

  • "U Should Be Mine" (lead vocals)

Solo - Solo (1995)

Soultry - Soultry (1995)

  • "Where Do Broken Hearts Belong" (writer, producer, drummer, bass synth)
  • "I Knew All Along" (writer, producer, keyboards)
  • "Can I Get To Know You" (writer, producer, drummer, keyboards)

Janet Jackson - Design of a Decade 1986/1996 (1995)

New Edition - Home Again (1996)

  • "One More Day" (percussion)

Ann Nesby - I'm Here For You (1996)

  • "I'm Still Wearing Your Name" (drummer)
  • "(What A) Lovely Evening" (drummer)
  • "Thrill Me" (drummer)
  • "This Weekend" (drummer)
  • "Let Old Memories Be" (drummer)

4.0 - 4.0 (1997)

  • "Oh Baby" (drummer)

Luther Vandross - One Night with You: The Best of Love, Volume 2 (1997)

  • "I Won't Let You Do That To Me" (percussion)

Jon Secada - Secada (1997)[9]

  • "Too Late, Too Soon" (percussion)

Sounds of Blackness - Time for Healing (1997)

  • "The Blackness Blues" (drummer)

How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida (1999)

  • Elton John & Janet Jackson - "I Know The Truth" (drummer)

Jordan Knight - Jordan Knight (1999)

  • "Finally Finding Out" (percussion)

Yolanda Adams - Mountain High...Valley Low (1999)

Usher - 8701 (2001)

  • "Twork It Out" (drummer)
  • "How Do I Say" (drummer)

Blu Cantrell - So Blu (2001)

  • "I'll Find A Way" (drummer)

Deborah Cox - The Morning After (2002)

  • Hurt So Much" (drummer)

Toni Braxton - More Than a Woman (2002)

  • "Lies, Lies, Lies" (acoustic guitar, guitar solo)

Ann Nesby - Put It on Paper (2002)

Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Shaheedullah and Stereotypes (2004)

  • "Put Me On" (background vocals)
  • "Banga" (background vocals)

Prince - Musicology (2004)

  • "Call My Name" (background vocals)

Jill Scott- The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 (2007)

  • "How It Make You Feel" (producer, bass, guitar, drum programming, keyboards)

Brother Ali - Us (2009)

  • "Brothers And Sisters" (background vocals)
  • "Us" (background vocals)

Tech N9ne - All 6's and 7's (2011)

  • "The Boogieman" (background vocals)

Kelly Price - Kelly (2011)
Mint Condition - 7... (2011)

  • "Not My Daddy" (additional vocals, co-producer, drummer, keyboards, bass)

Elzhi - Elmatic (2011)

  • "Life's A Bitch" (additional vocals)

Brother Ali - The Bite Marked Heart (2012)

  • "I'll Be Around" (background vocals)

The World Famous Tony Williams- King Or The Fool (2012)

  • "Mr. Safety" (additional vocals)

The Robert Glasper Experiment - Black Radio (2012)

  • "Why Do We Try" (lead vocals, percussion)

U-Nam & Friends - Weekend in L.A (A Tribute To George Benson) (2012)

  • "Nature Boy" (lead vocals)

Brian Culbertson - Dreams (2012)

  • "No Limits" (lead vocals)

Wale - The Gifted (2013)

  • "The Curse of the Gifted" (uncredited background vocals)[10]
  • "LoveHate Thing" (featuring Sam Dew) (co-producer, guitar, bass, keyboards, drum programming)
  • "Sunshine" (co-producer, keyboards, drums, percussion, background vocals)
  • "Heaven's Afternoon" (featuring Meek Mill) (co-producer, keyboards, guitar, background vocals)
  • "Gullible" (featuring Cee-Lo Green) (producer, drum programming, guitar)
  • "Black Heroes" (co-producer, guitar, background vocals)

Lil' John Roberts - The Heartbeat (2014)

  • "Space" (additional vocals)

Discography as a group member[edit]

with Mint Condition

Meant to Be Mint (1991)
From the Mint Factory (1993)
Definition of a Band (1996)
The Collection (1991-1998) (1998)
Life's Aquarium (1999)
Livin' the Luxury Brown (2005)
Live from the 9:30 Club (2006)
E-Life (2008)
7... (2011)
Music @ the Speed of Life (2012)

with Ursus Minor

Nucular (2007)
Zugzwang (2010)
I Will Not Take "But" for an Answer (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mint Condition". biography. about.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  2. ^ "BBC Music - Stokley Williams". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  3. ^ Bediako, Titilayo. "Stokely and Sylvia Williams: African American giants". article. insightnews.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  4. ^ Denman, Jamal. "Mint Condition front man focusing more on production". article. spokesman-recorder.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  5. ^ "MMG's Wale Helps Shift Career Path For Stokley Williams of Mint Condition". article. singersroom.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  6. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2003-08-01). All music guide to soul: the definitive guide to R&B and soul. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 474–. ISBN 978-0-87930-744-8. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mint Condition's Lead Singer Stokley Williams Receives 2 Grammy Nominations!". article. theurbanmusicscene.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  8. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/time-and-chance-mw0000621823/credits
  9. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Jon-Secada-Too-Late-Too-Soon/release/1468846
  10. ^ Phillips, Noel. "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: STOKLEY WILLIAMS SPEAKS ON PRODUCING WALE’S "THE GIFTED" LP". interview. respect-mag.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10.