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 (age 49)[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 (born July 15, 1967) 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 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 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)[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)[9]

  • "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)[10]

  • "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)[11]
  • "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)

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)


  1. ^ "Mint Condition". biography. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  2. ^ "BBC Music – Stokley Williams". Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  3. ^ Bediako, Titilayo. "Stokely and Sylvia Williams: African American giants". article. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  4. ^ Denman, Jamal. "Mint Condition front man focusing more on production". article. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  5. ^ "MMG's Wale Helps Shift Career Path For Stokley Williams of Mint Condition". article. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  6. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (August 1, 2003). 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 May 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mint Condition's Lead Singer Stokley Williams Receives 2 Grammy Nominations!". article. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
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  9. ^ Soultry - Soultry (CD liner notes). Motown Record Company L.P. 314530553-2
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  11. ^ Phillips, Noel. "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: STOKLEY WILLIAMS SPEAKS ON PRODUCING WALE'S "THE GIFTED" LP". interview. Retrieved 2014-05-10.