Stokley Williams

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Background information
Birth nameStokley Williams
Born (1967-07-15) July 15, 1967 (age 52)[1]
OriginSt. Paul, Minnesota[2][3]
GenresR&B, soul, neo soul
Occupation(s)Drummer, singer-songwriter, producer[4]
InstrumentsVocals, Drums, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards
Years active1980–present
LabelsPerspective, Elektra, Image, Shanachie, Concord
Associated actsMint Condition, A Tribe Called Quest, Wale, Karyn White, Janet Jackson, Sounds of Blackness, Brother Ali

Stokley Williams (born July 15, 1967) also known simply as Stokley, is an American singer, record producer, and percussionist. Williams is best known as the lead singer and studio drummer of the band Mint Condition.[5]


In 2011, he was featured on Kelly Price's song "Not My Daddy" from her album Kelly which earned him his first Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance.[6]

In 2017 Williams joined The Revolution on tour, to pay tribute to Prince.[7] Also in 2017, Williams released his Concord Records solo debut Introducing Stokley, with production by himself as well as Philadelphia production team Carvin & Ivan.

In 2019, Williams signed with Jam & Lewis' reactivated Perspective Records to release his second solo album, Sankofa.[8]


Williams has declared his main influences as being Cliff Alexis Sr., Prince, and Maurice White.[9]

Discography as a session musician[edit]

The Boys - The Boys (1990)[10]

Sounds of BlacknessThe Evolution of Gospel (1991)

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

Karyn WhiteRitual 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 Jacksonjanet. (1993)

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

Johnny GillProvocative (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 BaddTime and Chance (1993)

  • "The Bells" (drummer)[11]

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)[12]

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

Janet Jackson – Design of a Decade: 1986–1996 (1995)

New EditionHome 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 VandrossOne Night with You: The Best of Love, Volume 2 (1997)

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

Jon Secada – Secada (1997)[13]

  • "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 KnightJordan Knight (1999)

  • "Finally Finding Out" (percussion)

Yolanda AdamsMountain High...Valley Low (1999)

Usher8701 (2001)

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

Blu CantrellSo Blu (2001)

  • "I'll Find A Way" (drummer)

Deborah CoxThe Morning After (2002)

  • Hurt So Much" (drummer)

Toni BraxtonMore Than a Woman (2002)

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

Ann Nesby – Put It on Paper (2002)

Ali Shaheed MuhammadShaheedullah and Stereotypes (2004)

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

PrinceMusicology (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 AliUs (2009)

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

Tech N9neAll 6's and 7's (2011)

  • "The Boogieman" (background vocals)

Kelly PriceKelly (2011)
Mint Condition7... (2011)

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

ElzhiElmatic (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 ExperimentBlack 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)

WaleThe Gifted (2013)

  • "The Curse of the Gifted" (uncredited background vocals)[14]
  • "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)

Maysa - Back 2 Love (2015)

  • "Keep It Movin'" (vocals)

PJ Morton - Christmas with PJ Morton (2018)

Zo! - FourFront (2019)

  • "Sweat" (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)
Healing Season (2015)

with Ursus Minor

Nucular (2007)
Zugzwang (2010)
I Will Not Take "But" for an Answer (2010)
What Matters Now (2016)

Solo album

Introducing Stokley (2017)
Sankofa (2020)


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  2. ^ Bediako, Titilayo. "Stokely and Sylvia Williams: African American giants". article. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  3. ^ Denman, Jamal. "Mint Condition front man focusing more on production". article. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  4. ^ "MMG's Wale Helps Shift Career Path For Stokley Williams of Mint Condition". article. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "Stokely Williams".
  6. ^ "Mint Condition's Lead Singer Stokley Williams Receives 2 Grammy Nominations!". article. Archived from the original on December 29, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
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  8. ^ "Stokley Strips Down & Celebrates Women In 'She…' And Announces New Album 'Sankofa'". SoulBounce. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "Mint Condition's Stokley Williams takes solo leap".
  10. ^ The Boys - The Boys (CD liner notes). Motown Record Company, L.P. MOTD-6302
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  12. ^ Soultry - Soultry (CD liner notes). Motown Record Company L.P. 314530553-2
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  14. ^ Phillips, Noel. "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: STOKLEY WILLIAMS SPEAKS ON PRODUCING WALE'S "THE GIFTED" LP". interview. Retrieved May 10, 2014.