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, Wale, Karyn White, Janet Jackson, Sounds of Blackness, Brother Ali

Stokley Williams is an American singer, musician, and percussionist, best known as the lead singer and studio drummer 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)

Wale - The Album About Nothing (2015)

  • "The Intro About Nothing" (additional vocals)
  • "The Bloom (AG3)" (additional production)

Boney James - futuresoul (2015)

  • "Either Way" (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.