Mint Condition - NewsThe latest news from Mint Condition Here We Come!<p>Motown here we come!!! We are excited to announce we will finally be returning to Detroit, MI to perform at the Garden Theater on Sunday, November 3rd. Its been a minute since weve been to the motor city, and we cant wait to get back! head <a href="">HERE</a> for more information & to purchase tickets. Thanks for all your support over the years Detroit were on our way!!! Much Love, MC</p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:45:00 -0700 Condition - On Tour Now!<p>Mint Condition is out on the road, with dates all over the United States all the way through the end of the year! </p> <p>Head over the <a href="">events page</a> and see if theyre heading out to a city near you!</p> <p>See you on the road!!</p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:36:00 -0700 with Black America Web<br /><img src="" /><br /><p>Mint Conditions current standing as Rs last great band looks to go unchallenged for some time (unless you count Robert Glasper in the mix) as the band celebrates over two decades in the music business. But as we see in the latest episode there have been some tough times along the way. The seven-member band who hail from the Twin Cities is comprised of <strong>Ricky Kinchen, Stokley Williams, Larry Waddell, Jef Allen, Homer ODell</strong> and for most of its heyday, <strong>Keri Lewis</strong>, until his marriage to Toni Braxton. Though they may be on their way the kind of decades of popularity independent of chart status that Maze now enjoys, Mint Condition has had its share of ups and downs on the way to creating timeless music. We caught up with Kinchen, the bands bass player who gave us a look at a few things we wont see on <br /> <br /> <strong></strong><br /> So many groups featured on have gone through so many changes including deaths, shootings, drug abuse, etc., but you guys didnt seem to have those kinds of issues.<br /> <br /> <strong>Ricky Kinchen:</strong><br /> We definitely didnt have those problems to that extent. But when youve got 7 different people from all different walks of life, its like the Cosbys, the Jefferson and Good Times all in one band. We definitely get into it and there are people who get their way a little bit more than others. Theres a ton of things that we could have brought to the party, but theres not as much as there is in other bands. If Im the bad boy in the group, were really not that bad. (laughs).Theres no drugs, I dont beat women. Weve never pulled a gun out on each other or anything like that. Its never gotten to that point.<br /> <br /> <strong>Even with any petty bickering that has gone on, what has kept the group intact over all these years?</strong><br /> Whenever we get together and make music, the magic is still there. The magic is not going anywhere. On stage, at soundcheck, we love playing with each other. Its a group of a lot of great dudes two of the guys Larry and Jef, went back to school and got their bachelors. Larry flies planes. There are great fathers and just some great men. We come from an era where we werent allowed to talk back to our parents. It was a respect thing. You have to talk to certain people certain ways in this group. Some people you have to pull them off to the side.<br /> Weve learned how to deal with each other.<br /> <br /> <strong>What was the biggest threat to the groups existence in the last two decades?</strong><br /> We were always a group that dealt with challenges. When we first signed our first deal, the whole department got shut down right in the middle of our record, or we lost a vice-president of the company. Everytime we would release a song, something would happen. And then we would release the next album and the whole Black department would get fired. Then the next record, the whole A&M decided to part ways with Perspective Records. Then when we decided to leave A&M, it was a good decision because the entire label was shut down months later. Then there was a time for about four or five years when we didnt have a deal at all.<br /> <br /> <strong>Is there still an audience for the kind of music that Mint Condition makes?</strong><br /> Everybodys switching to streaming music now and theres companies out there making sure the artists get paid from all of that. Its challenging but you have to diversify. You have to think about doing a radio show or endorsing a set of headphones. You have to do other things to make money. If youre a touring artist and you should be, if you go out and tour one or two days a week, depending on how much money you get paid, thats still 10, 20, 30 Gs a week. Im sure any regular person would love to get that.<br /> <br /> <strong>Watching the episode it was pretty amazing how seven guys have managed to be mostly scandal-free after all these years. So many groups have had drug issues and women issues and competitive issues but you have dont seem to have gone through that.</strong><br /> Thats really this group. Ive seen Stoke have a few drinks. Ive seen Stoke get mad maybe twice in 20 years. I get mad every week. Nobodys on drugs. I have bottles of alcohol in my crib that Ive had 6-8 months. Theres guys that have gotten bottles on the road that theyve had for like, ten years. Thats why we look great. We take care of ourselves. When were out on the road, its about the business. Weve never been about how many chicks we can get. Some of the guys may have had some wild streaks at one point, but some of us have been in faithful situations 14 years at one time. Weve never been that group that put out the hotel and the afterparty sign. Weve never been those cats.<br /> <br /> <strong>Do you think that the fact that you split the money equally has helped the group get along? Thats not always the case.</strong><br /> The three or four things is our fans showing up every time we tour, radio supporting us every time we put out a record, us splitting up the money and we do like working with each other when we come together.<br /> <br /> <strong>So is Keri back in the group now? The shows you guys playing together last year although he left the group over a decade ago when he married Toni Braxton. </strong><br /> It was funny the way everybody explained why they didnt go to the wedding. That was like, awesome. (laughs) It just seemed so fake. It sounded like we were lying. [With Keri] when he was asking for things that I didnt think were fair and he probably thought it was fair and that he had the leverage to ask for, I didnt like that. Thats why I didnt go to the wedding. Stoke was the only one who went. He did the right thing. Stoke is that dude that does the right thing. Im that dude that has to listen to Joel Osteen and do the right thing. Keri is my brother and we cool and its always good to have him back. It would be great to invite him out to do some things coming up like Essence [Festival] to make it more special.<br /> <br /> <strong>In Jam and Lewis make it clear that they nudged Stokley to do a solo project even if they didnt want him to leave the group.</strong><br /> Stoke has the kind of talent that God only gives out maybe once a year. He can go play with Stevie Wonder, Prince, whatever. Hes an incredible talent. But what makes this group is all of us. They really give Stoke his props but when you listen to those songs, you hear Larry, you hear Stoke, you hear Keriwhat makes this band is this band. What makes this group is every member of this group.<br /> <br /> Check out the full interview<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>on</p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:32:00 -0700 To Be Featured on TV One's 'Unsung' Wednesday, March 18<p></p> <div>MINTHEAD ALERT!!! We are proud to announce that Mint Condition will be featured on TV Ones , next Wednesday, March 13th at 9 PM (EST). We are extremely excited about the episode, and hope you will all enjoy the REAL story of our journey as a band, and as brothers. For more info, or local listings please go <a href="">here</a></div> <div></div> <div>Mark your calendars, set your DVRs, this is one episode you wont want to miss! Thanks for all your continued love and support and we hope to see you all on the road soon. Much Love, Stokley, Ricky, Jef, ODell and Lawrence El</div> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:45:00 -0800 Condition Performs at the 2013 BET Honors<div>MINT CONDITION, ALICIA KEYS, ERYKAH BADU, WAYNE BRADY, BRANDY, LEDISI, THE SOS BAND FEATURING JIMMY JAM & TERRY LEWIS PERFORM FOR BET HONORS 2013</div> <div></div> <div>NEW YORK, February 6th, 2013 -- BET HONORS 2013 is set to ignite Warner Theater with a series of soul stirring performances from Erykah Badu, Wayne Brady, Brandy, Mint Condition, Alicia Keys, Ledisi, and the SOS Band featuring Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. This years honorees include music executive and entrepreneur Clarence Avant known to many as the Godfather of Black Music, Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry, spiritual educator T.D. Jakes, ten-time GRAMMY award winner and international music icon Chaka Khan who will be celebrating 40 years in music and entertainment and three time WNBA MVP and four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie. Hosted by actress Gabrielle Union, this years star studded show at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. will premiere during Black History Month, on February 11, 2013 at 9 PM / 8 PM (CST) on BET.</div> <div></div> <div>BET HONORS has become a staple in BET history by celebrating extraordinary African-Americans including Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean "Diddy" Combs along with memorable past performances by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle.</div> <div></div> <div>This years sponsors include Allstate (Award for Education T.D. Jakes), AT&T (Entrepreneur Award Clarence Avant), Lexus (Award for Service Halle Berry), Pantene (Award for Musical Arts Chaka Khan) and the U.S. Army (Awards for Athletics Lisa Leslie).</div> <div></div> <div>Proceeds from BET HONORS 2013 will benefit Life Pieces to Masterpieces, Inc., an organization that provides opportunities for African American boys and young men in greater Washington, D.C. by developing and unlocking their potential and empowering them to transform their lives and communities.</div> <div>Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with Jesse Collins of Jesse Collins Productions.</div> <div></div> <div>For more information on BET HONORS, visit <a href=""></a>.</div> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:38:00 -0800 Sale Begins TODAY!<div>TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, AND I GAVE HIM A HINT</div> <div>WHAT I REALLY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A HOODIE FROM MINT!</div> <div></div> <div>THE MINT CONDITION HOLIDAY SALE BEGINS TODAY!!!</div> <div></div> <div>Beginning today through December 25th, if you stop by <a href="">our online store</a>and spend $40 or more and you will receive a FREE <a href="">Mint Condition keychain</a>! Makes a great stocking stuffer! We also have lots of new Mint gear including t-shirts, hoodies, New Era ball caps, Hot Cocoa Mugs, etc. </div> <div>While youre here, please sign up for the Mint Condition Newsletter so you can keep up on all of the bands activities. </div> <div>We thank you for all your continued love and support and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! </div> <div>Much Love, MC</div> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:34:00 -0800 & Oso - Give to the Max Day 2012<p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:31:00 -0700 To The Max Day 2012<p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:25:00 -0700 Now!<p></p> <div><strong>MINT CONDITION NOMINATED FOR THREE SOULTRACKS READERS CHOICE AWARDS WE NEED YOUR VOTE!!!</strong></div> <div></div> <div>Hey SoulTrackers! Its the day youve been waiting for. Its time for you to choose this years SoulTracks Readers Choice Awards winners!</div> <div></div> <div>Between now and November 7th, SoulTrackers will be voting for this years winners using email ballots like this one. If you have friends who are not on our email list, they can sign up at the top left hand corner of any page at <a href=""></a> and they will receive a ballot by email within 24 hours. Only one ballot is allowed per email address.</div> <div> </div> <div>You can check out all the nominated artists and hear some song clips before voting by visiting <a href=""></a></div> <div></div> <div>This years SoulTracks Readers Choice Awards will be broadcast on Monday, December 3rd at 8:00 p.m., hosted again by our good friend Jodine Dorce of Jodines Corner with the help of Nina Morena. And well have a network of stations that will be co-broadcasting it, so youll have plenty of ways to hear all the action! More information on that to come.</div> <div></div> <div>So with all that out of the way...are you ready to vote? Just click below to go to your personal ballot.</div> <div></div> <h1><a href="">Click Here to Vote Now!</a></h1> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:17:00 -0700 For Mint Condition!<div>VOTE FOR MINT CONDITION FOR THE 2012 SOULTRACKS READERS CHOICE AWARDS</div> <div></div> <div>F.O.O.M. ALERT: Well, its getting to be that time of year again! The 2012 SoulTracks Readers Choice Awards, the worlds leading awards dedicated to independent soul music, are right around the corner and we need your help!</div> <div></div> <div>From now until October 7th please go to <a href=""></a> and let the folks at Soul Tracks now how you feel about Mint Condition, and their new album Music @ the Speed of Life. We are depending on you, the greatest fans in the world, to help spread the word!</div> <div></div> <div>As always, thanks for all your continued love and support and we hope to see you all on the road soon! Much Love, MC</div> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Tue, 02 Oct 2012 11:54:00 -0700 Discusses Mint Condition<p>Check out <a href="">this great article</a> from!</p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:19:00 -0700 release Promo Video<p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:47:00 -0700 & Interviews<p><a href="">"Mint Condition: Still Fresh After 20 Years"A great review from</p> <p><a href="">"5 Questions With Mint Condition"An interview with NDigo</p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:46:00 -0700 Tracks Interview<p>"<em style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Music @ The Speed Of Life,</em><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">continues to cement a long-established legacy of synergized and soulfully-rendered musicianship."</span></p> <p>Check out the full interview<a href="">here</a></p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Wed, 12 Sep 2012 10:56:00 -0700 with Jet<p>"After 20 years...the group is still in Mint Condition." - Jet Magazine</p> <p>Check out the full article<a href=""> here</a></p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Wed, 12 Sep 2012 10:55:00 -0700 with Ebony<p>Hey Mintheads! <a href="">Check out the interview</a> the band recently did with Ebony about their new album, "<em>Music @ the Speed of Life</em>"</p> <p>Have you bought your copy yet? <a href="">Head over to iTunes</a>and buy yours today!</p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:44:00 -0700 Reviews of "Music @ the Speed of Life"<p>Read these great reviews below and make sure to pick up your copy of "Music @ the Speed of Life"... OUT TODAY!</p> <p><a href=""> - R&B review</a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href="">Mother of Color</a></p> <p></p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:41:00 -0700 to "Music @ the Speed of Life"<br /><img src="" /><br /><p>Hey Mintheads!</p> <p>Head over to <a href="">AOL Music</a> to listen to "Music @ the Speed of Life" in its entirety and buy your copy of the album!</p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:11:00 -0700 Stellar Review<p>check out Eurweb.coms review of "Music @ the Speed of Life" <a href="">here</a>!</p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Fri, 07 Sep 2012 11:18:00 -0700 CD “MUSIC @ THE SPEED OF LIFE” AVAILABLE AT TARGET ON SEPTEMBER 11TH<p>ATTENTION ALL MINTHEADS!!! Mint Condition is proud to announce the release of their 8th studio album entitled <em>Music @ the Speed of Life</em>. The album will be released on Tuesday, September 11th and your local TARGET location is a great place to pick up your CD! This is a very special record for us, and features guest appearances by DJ Jazzy Jeff, Brother Ali and the M Factory Horns featuring Eric Leeds, Mike Nelson and Brad Shermock. Thanks for all your continued love and support, and we hope to see you all on the road soon!!! Much Love, MC</p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:03:00 -0700 Kinchen Talks Sound with City Pages<p>Check out Rinky Kinchens interview with City Pages <a href="">here</a>!</p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Tue, 04 Sep 2012 15:11:00 -0700 Reviews of "Music @ the Speed of Life" <p>Check out another great review of "Music @ the Speed of Life" <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>Dont forget to pick up your copy on September 11th!</p> <p></p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Tue, 04 Sep 2012 10:19:00 -0700 Tracks reviews "Music @ The Speed of Life"<p>...and makes it their CD of the month!</p> <p>check out the full review <a href="">here</a> and listen to some clips from the new album, out on Spetember 11th.</p> <p>From <a href=""></a></p>Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:14:00 -0700 Album Announcement!<p> <p><strong>ATTENTION ALL MINTHEADS!!</strong>! </p> <p>Mint Condition is proud to announce the release of their 8th studio album entitled <strong><em>Music @ the Speed of Life</em></strong>. The album will be released on Tuesday, September 11th online at iTunes, Amazon & Google Music, and at record stores across the country! This is a very special record for us, and features guest appearances by DJ Jazzy Jeff, Brother Ali and the M Factory Horns featuring Eric Leeds, Mike Nelson and Brad Shermock. Thanks for all your continued love and support, and we hope to see you all on the road soon!!! </p> <p>Much Love, MC</p> </p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:00:00 -0700 Evening With Mint Condition<p></p> <p></p> <p> <p>Back to where it all began, where the band was first signed by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis</p> <p>The Twin Cities own Mint Condition will return to the legendary First Avenue nightclub on Friday, September 28th to celebrate the release of their new CD MUSIC @ THE SPEED OF LIFE available in stores and online September 11th. There will be lots of very special surprise guests, including a reunion with former Mint Condition keyboardist Keri Lewis, so get your tickets early!!!</p> <p>An Evening with Mint Condition<br />MUSIC @ THE SPEED OF LIFE CD Release Concert<br />Friday, September 28th<br />First Avenue 701 1st Avenue, Downtown Minneapolis<br />(612) 338-8388<br />Doors 8:00 PM / Music 9:00 PM<br />Special Meet & Greet and CD Signing following the show!</p> <p>For ticket info, please go to<a href=""></a>. This is an 18+ event.</p> </p> <p></p> <p></p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Thu, 23 Aug 2012 08:40:00 -0700 The New Music Video For "Believe In Us!"<p> <p>Mint Condition has released their new music video for the single "Believe In Us", the first single off their upcoming album<em>Music @ The Speed Of Life</em>, due out later this year.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Check out the new video here</a>!</p> </p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:20:00 -0700 Have A Winner For Our "Unsung Video Contest"!<p>To All Our Fans & Friends, </p> <p class="p1">We finally have winner for our Unsung Video Contest (drum roll please)</p> <p class="p1"><strong>And the winner is Sarah Jacobs!</strong><a href="" target="_blank">Please go to here to view Sarah's winning video.</p> <p class="p1">We also want to congratulate Dayna Matthews who won the s Choice Award<a href="" target="_blank">Please go here to view Dayna's video.</a></p> <p class="p1">We want to thank everyone who participated in the contest and we were truly overwhelmed by the response. It was a very difficult decision, and all of the entries were amazing! We are extremely honored that so many peoples live have been touched by this song.</p> <p class="p1">We also want to thank<a href=""></a>and Shanachie Entertainment for their sponsorship and support. Please take a minute out of your day to say Thank You to the hero in your life and we thank all our fans for their tremendous love and support!</p> <p class="p1">God Bless,</p> <p class="p1">MC</p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Mon, 09 Jul 2012 11:00:00 -0700 Condition to Release Their New Single, "Believe In Us" on July 9th!<p>Mint Condition to release their new single, Believe In Us on July 9th, from their forthcoming CD entitled MUSIC @ THE SPEED OF LIFE in stores September 25th!</p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:50:00 -0700"Unsung Video Contest" Deadline Contest<p>We didnt want to forget Dad! Due to overwhelming response, the Mint Condition Unsung Video Contest has been extended by one week. This will give everyone time to submit a special Fathers Day video for all those Unsung Dad The winner will receive $500 in CASH, $1,000 donated to the charity of their choice, and a grab bag full of CDs courtesy of Shanachie Entertainment. The new deadline is Monday, June 18th, 2012 at 11:59 PM. Please go <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for complete contest rules and to download Mint Conditions song for FREE!</p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Fri, 08 Jun 2012 15:15:00 -0700"Unsung" Contest Featured in the Star Tribune<p><a href="" target="_blank">Read the article.</a></p> <p>Many thanks to Chris Riemenschneider for his support!</p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:10:00 -0700 All Our Fans & Friends<p>We have received our first entry for the Unsung Video Contest, and we were so touched that we wanted to share it with you all. Please go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a> to view the video. If you have an Unsung hero in your life that you would like to let us know about, a Mother, a Father, a Teacher, or maybe someone fighting for our country overseas, please go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for all the contest info. If your video is selected you can win $1000 for the charity of your choosing, $500 cash and a Shanachie Records grab bag. A special thanks to Dayna Matthews for being the first to submit her beautiful video!<br /><br /></p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Wed, 16 May 2012 09:20:00 -0700'Unsung' Video Contest<p><strong>MINNEAPOLIS/SAINT PAUL, MINN. May 11, 2012</strong> GiveMN, a Minnesota nonprofit that enables individuals to donate to thousands of nonprofits online at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, is partnering with Minnesota R&B band <a href="">Mint Condition</a> and their record label Shanachie Entertainment to sponsor the video contest. Individuals are invited to visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> to download Mint Conditions inspirational song for exclusive use in creating a video to honor their own unsung herobe it a mother, father, friend or mentor.<br /><br />The song was written by Mint Condition Keyboardist Lawrence Waddell in honor of his own unsung herohis foster mother.<br /><br />My mother shaped my life in an incredible way and I will always be grateful to her for whats shes done, Lawrence said. This song is for all the unsung heroes out there like my mom.<br /><br />The nonprofit world is full of unsung heroes, everyday people who are making a difference against difficult odds, GiveMN Executive Director Dana Nelson said. re delighted to join forces with one of Minnesotas most talented bands, Mint Condition, and their label, Shanachie Entertainment, to shine a light on those unsung heroes through a video contest.<br /><br />The video contest entry period opens Friday, May 11 and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 11. The winning video will be chosen by band members Stokley Williams,Ricky Kinchen,Homer O'Dell,Lawrence Waddell,Jeff Allen. The winner will be announced on June 25. Videos should be uploaded to a video sharing site such as or, and then the link can be emailed to <a href="" target="_blank"></a> no later than 11:59 p.m. on June 11.<br /><br />Prizes<br />The producer of the winning video will receive a $1,000 Giving Card courtesy of GiveMN. The producer of the winning video will receive a $1,000 Giving Card courtesy of GiveMN which the recipient can use to direct a $1,000 donation to any one of the nearly one million U.S.-based nonprofit organizations listed on and a $500 cash prize courtesy of Shanachie Entertainment. Mint Condition is also providing an autographed guitar to the video producer whos video receives the most online viewsa s Choice award. The guitar is provided courtesy of Guitar Center. Both winners will also receive a grab bag of artist merchandise from Mint Condition and Shanachie Entertainment. For complete contest details, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 11pt;">About GiveMN</span></strong></p> <p class="BodyCopy"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Times New Roman color: windowtext;">GiveMN is a collaborative venture to transform philanthropy in Minnesota by growing overall giving and moving more of it online. GiveMN is a 501 (c)(3) supporting organization of the Minnesota Community Foundation. Many partners shaped GiveMN to build upon Minnesotas strong tradition of philanthropy, including: The Blandin Foundation, The Otto Bremer Foundation, The Carlson Family Foundation, Central Minnesota Community Foundation, Ecolab Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Greater Twin Cities United Way, HealthPartners, Initiative Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, The Mosaic Company, Northland Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, Securian Foundation, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, Target Foundation, UCare, West Central Initiative Foundation and the Womens Foundation of Minnesota. For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</span></p> <p class="BodyCopy"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Times New Roman color: windowtext;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 11pt;">About Shanachie Entertainment</span></strong></p> <p class="BodyCopy"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Times New Roman color: windowtext;">Shanachie Entertainment is one of Americas most successful and long-lived independent labels. The label has released projects of legends, hit-makers, musical masters and cult icons in the realms of R & B, jazz, alternative music, reggae, blues, country music, singer-song-writers and more. Whether scoring radio hits and Grammy Awards or simply bringing to market critically-acclaimed recordings, Shanachie has been proud to present the work of an array of brilliant artists.</span></p> <p class="BodyCopy"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Times New Roman color: windowtext;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 11pt;">About Mint Condition</span></strong></p> <p class="BodyCopy"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Times New Roman color: windowtext;">Mint Condition</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Times New Roman color: windowtext;">is an</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Times New Roman color: windowtext;">R<span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Times New Roman color: windowtext;">band from</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Times New Roman color: windowtext;">Saint Paul, Minnesota. Discovered and originally signed by music producersJimmy Jam and Terry Lewisin 1989, Mint Condition recently celebrated their <span class="__postbox-detected-content __postbox-detected-date" style="display: inline; font-size: inherit; padding: 0pt;">20th</span> anniversary with the release of their seventh studio album on Shanachie Entertainment, on which the song appears. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 150%;"></span></p> <p><strong>Share, Comment, Follow</strong><br />GiveMN on Twitter <a href="" target="_blank">@givemn</a><br />Mint Condition on Twitter <a href="" target="_blank">@mcondition</a><br />Shanachie Entertainment on Twitter <a href="" target="_blank">@shanachiepr</a><br /><br />GiveMN on Facebook <a href="" target="_blank"><br /></a>Mint Condition on Facebook <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br />Shanachie Entertainment on Facebook <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /><br />GiveMN on YouTube <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br />Mint Condition on YouTube <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br />Shanachie Entertainment on YouTube <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Fri, 11 May 2012 13:15:00 -0700 from the Studio<p>Check out some behind the scenes <strong><a href="" target="_self">PHOTOS</a></strong> from the studio in our<strong> <a href="">MEDIA</a></strong> section!</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="Ricky in the Studio" width="450" height="254" /></a></p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Thu, 10 May 2012 12:55:00 -0700"Not My Daddy" Nominated for Two Grammys!<br /><img src="" /><br /><p><strong>Not My Daddy</strong> from Mint Conditions latest album <strong><em>7</em></strong> was nominated for two Grammys, <strong>Best R&B Song</strong> and <strong>Best R&B Performance</strong>. <br /><br />The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at 8 PM ET/PT on CBS.</p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Thu, 01 Dec 2011 11:05:00 -0800 Deluxe Edition<br /><img src="" /><br /><p>Check out The Deluxe Edition of our new CD with 5 Bonus Tracks! Available on iTunes on 11/1.</p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Thu, 20 Oct 2011 09:50:00 -0700 Condition on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon<p>On June 20th, 2011 Mint Condition will be performing on Late Night with<br />Jimmy Fallon. Here is where you come in<br /><br />How would you like a chance to be close to Mint Conditions performance<br />on the show?<br /><br />Click on the link below and you will be directed to our Band Bench<br />Sweepstakes entry form. Enter for a chance to win seats on our band<br />benches and an opportunity to surround the stage during Mint Conditions<br />performance.<br /><br />Please make sure you include the following band code: MIN, in your entry<br />form.<br /><br /></p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:45:00 -0700 . . .<p>Born into the Minnesota R&B scene of the 1980s, Mint Condition was<br /> more like slick but sweat-inducing soul classicists Maze and the<br /> Commodores than souped-up neighbors such as the Time and Prince. Mint<br /> Condition used some of the synth, slap and tickle that made the Purple<br /> One reign, but vocalist Stokley Williams had a rich and passionate<br /> tone that bordered on the insistent. The harmonies were silken, the<br /> rhythms swinging, and the band's overall musicality earthen and live.<br /> There was, and continues to be, something hearty and tactile about<br /> Mint Condition's husky sound, a touchy tradition they follow with<br /> elegant, funky aplomb on the heel-clicking "I Want It" and the quietly<br /> thundering "Can't Get Away." There's a sonic depth to those tunes you<br /> simply don't (or can't) hear in nouvelle AutoTuned R&B. That density<br /> carries over to the emotionalism of songs such as the woozily<br /> mid-tempo "Walk On" and "Not My Daddy" (with singer Kelly Price), with<br /> their sad sentiment intact but without treacle. They even have a tune<br /> about moms ("Unsung"). Dag. With just a hint of hip-hop swagger to<br /> make 7 . . . minty fresh, this is what honest, open, mature soul<br /> sounds like. Pay attention.<br /> <br /> - A.D. Amorosi</p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Tue, 10 May 2011 12:55:00 -0700 Review: Mint Condition 7…<p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;"><br /> </span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: medium;">Mint Condition is a rare breed these days: a self-<a name="0.1_OLE_LINK1"></a>contained R&B/funk band. And although the Minneapolis outfit's breakthrough crossover hit, "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)," dates back to 1991, don't get it twisted and think these oldsters can't cut it anymore. Sounding just as energetic and commanding as ever, Mint Condition can still do it all, from writing and producing the tracks on its seventh album to shifting seamlessly among R&B/funk, hip-hop, jazz and rock-all without falling into the formulaic abyss. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: medium;">MC gets things under way with the rock/electric-vibed opener "Can't Get Away," then segues into such repeat-worthy tracks as the easygoing, yet cautionary love song "Mind Slicker," Latin instrumental groove "Bossalude," subtly intense ballad "Unsung" and the two singles currently climbing Billboard's R&B/hip-hop chart: the flirty "Caught My Eye" and the relationship treatise "Not My Daddy" (featuring Kelly Price). Tying everything together is the sixth sense that comes with playing together for 20 years, plus drummer/lead singer Stokley Williams' searing vocals. You can both hear and feel his anguish on breakup track "Walk On." Mint Condition is proof positive that it's OK to keep doing your thing.</span></p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Tue, 19 Apr 2011 12:20:00 -0700 Contest<br /><img src="" /><br /><p class="MsoNormal">To All Our Friends & Fans </p> <p class="MsoNormal">We are proud to announce the release of our new CD entitled The CD is available now at iTunes, Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart, Fryes, your local CD store, and at Best Buy stores as a Special Edition featuring five bonus tracks! We hope you will pick up a copy and help support the band by spreading the word to all your friends.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We are also running a special contest for all our Facebook friends. The winner will be chosen randomly by the band members on Tuesday, April 19th and will receive a special Fender guitar, actually played at aconcert by Stokley, and autographed by the entire band!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>To enter the contest, please follow the instructions below:</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong> Download the new CD cover with the words Available Now from the bands Facebook page.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong> Replace your personal profile picture on Facebook with the new Mint Condition CD cover.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong> Send a message to the band so they will know that you have switched your profile photo and you will automatically be entered into the contest!</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong> The band will begin choosing potential winners beginning today, so the sooner you change your profile picture the better! You must keep the CD cover as your profile picture until the winner is chosen on Tuesday, April 19th.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Thanks to our fans for all your love and please support live music!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><br /></strong></p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:20:00 -0700 Review: Mint Condition 7...<p>In 20 years, Mint Condition has released seven albums, hence the title of the R&B bands new CD. Each effort built on its predecessor, revealing flashes of brilliance. But too many times, shapeless material hampered the bands albums.</p> <p>On the Minneapolis quintet comes close to a masterstroke. Everything that made Mint Condition great in the first place (the razor-edged rhythms, richly melodic love songs and lead singer Stokely Williams rangy, passion-soaked vocals) is better realized. The songs, slick and smartly streamlined, showcase a band at the peak of its powers.</p> <p>The vibrancy of the music, which finely balances live and processed instrumentation, underscores the broken-hearted lyrics. t Get Away, Mind Slicker and Walk On bristle with angst. But the grooves and melodies are so honey-smooth, the kiss-offs become pleasantries. Not My Daddy, a duet with underrated R&B singer/songwriter Kelly Price, is the only track on the album not produced by the band.</p> <p>From beginning to end, is an assured, mature statement from a band in full bloom.</p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Mon, 11 Apr 2011 10:05:00 -0700 Years Later and Still in Mint Condition<p>April 11th 2011 I Joyce E. Davis I</p> <p>The five men of Mint Condition have been consistently dropping soul-touching music for two decades. Their lyrics engage. Their musical diversity entertains. And their vocals enrapture. The group originally from Minneapolis, Minn, does not disappoint on their seventh album, <em>7</em>. Standouts include Not My Daddy, a searing duet with Kelly Price, the beautiful ballads Walk On and Caught My Eye, the funky Ease the Pain, and a calypso joint, While their line up has changed a bit over the years, the music has only gotten better. The guys share their creative process and how theyve managed to last so long in the unpredictable and constantly evolving music business.</p> <p><strong>Heart & Soul: What do you know now that you wish you knew 20 years ago when you first started in the music business?</strong><br /> <strong>Ricky Kinchen:</strong> Whew! Keeping it real? The importance of publishing.<br /> <strong>Stokely Williams: </strong>Thats real. And to a savor it, because you have a lot of great experiences. If you sleep on it, its gone.<br /> <strong>Lawrence Waddell:</strong> I would love to savor a couple more moments than I didjust the beginning a little more when we werein top five pop songs and I wasnt realizing what the significance of that was. That was a really good place to be and not an easy place to be.</p> <p><strong>H&S: Tell us about the process of creating the single, Caught My Eye.</strong><br /> <strong>Waddell:</strong> Caught My Eye is a beautiful groove balladclassic Mint. Great lyrics, you know the way you want a man to approach you. The song is kind of an experience written by Stokely and myself. Stokely had some tracks I was listening toall the guys have stores of songs you can listen to and pick which one youre inspired by. I toyed around with some lyrics to go with the track I liked. Thats how we write. The lyrics were inspired by an actual coffee house experience I had. I saw a girl Id seen around in a few different places. I talked to her and she was really nice. I left and she left. And I never saw her again.</p> <p><strong>So what is the feel of the rest of the album?</strong><br /> <strong>Waddell:</strong> Were just trying to be honest about our lives. We fall from grace sometimes. And there are songs about that. Theres a redemptive side to the album. In general, we dont limit ourselves, and liberation that comes from that place. If Im in a calypso mood, there may be steel drums on that track.<br /> <strong> Kinchen:</strong> Its Mint Condition, though. We have all the things youre going to expect. Youre going to love it.</p> <p><strong>Jodeci, LeVert and Tony! Toni! Ton! had No. 1 hits on the R&B charts in 1991 when you guys dropped your debut. There are only a few who are still doing it at your level. What accounts for your longevity?<br /> Kinchen: </strong> Being in the game for all these years and still being able to have hits on the radio is a blessingand that is for all of us. Its a blessing being able to work together and still create good music. Take E-Life: Nothing Left to Say was in the top five for 11 months. Were competitive, even with each other. You have to come with it or else people arent going to feel it.<br /> <strong>Homer ODell:</strong> One thing we do have is a lot of great fans. They patiently wait on the next project every time. They stick with us. They are behind us 100 percent. We are blessed to have die-hard fans. And they give us the opportunity to stretch out and do other things besides radio hits.<br /> <strong> Kinchen: </strong> Yeah, weve had black musicians who play with Charlie Wilson say we were the first to turn them on to Rock & Roll. Thats how we grew up. Our parents had Parliament, War, Earth, Wind & Fire, Band of Gypsies, Jimi Hendrix. We werent just listening to hip hop. We listened to all different types of music.<br /> <strong>ODell: </strong> I would go over to Andre Symones sisters house to listen to the only R&B radio station. It must have been like 100 watts. I was like Radio Raheem on the back to the school bus blasting all the hits. Thats how we grew up in Minnesota. We had that opportunity to listen to more than R&B.</p> <p><strong><br /> </strong></p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Mon, 11 Apr 2011 10:05:00 -0700 of The Month: Mint Condition 7...<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; color: black;">Mint Condition has been called the "last great R&B band." One thing is for sure: After all these years, MC is still bringing it, and giving their legion of fans consistently great music.<br /><br />Three years after virtually sweeping the SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards, Mint Condition is back TODAY with their Shanachie Records debut, album, 7. It is another winner and features the smash hit, "Caught My Eye," and we're very proud to present this hot disc as this month's CD of the Month. We know you're going to love hearing this great band again!<br /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"></p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Tue, 05 Apr 2011 10:20:00 -0700 Up: Mint Condition 7...<h3><span id="byLineTag">April 3rd I USA TODAY I Steve Jones and Elysa Gardner </span></h3> <p>These St. Paul Natives made a name for themselves in the 1990s with such hits as Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes) and What Kind of Man Would I Be? The quintet returns for the first time in three years with a solid set of ballads and up-tempo tracks. Frontman Stokley is especially at the top of his game on smooth tracks like Caught My Eye and Ease the Pain. His duet with Kelly Price on Not My Daddy is a soulful highlight.</p> <p> Steve Jones<br /><br />Anthony David, As Above, So Below<br />The Atlanta singer-songwriter seems to fly below the radar even though he makes some of the most intelligent and soulful music around. His love songs offer relatable vignettes of relationships as they flower or fail. He also delivers thought-provoking social commentary on tracks like God Said and Back Street without clichs or bombast. David keeps the guest stars to a minimum, though the contributions of Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman, singer Algebra and rapper Phonte are welcome. Jones<br /><br /></p> <p>Sutton Foster, An Evening With Sutton Foster Live at the Cafe Carlyle</p> <p>Foster's bright, shiny voice and presence made her a Broadway star, but this live album offers delightful proof of a shier, wrier side. Recorded during her stint last year at New York's storied cabaret venue, the collection includes brassier show tunes such as NYC and Defying Gravity. But it's the softer, gentler ballads many of them covered on Foster's charming solo debut, 2009's Wish that are revelatory, showing a sense of grace and wonder and flashes of earthy wit that also inform her between-song banter. Elysa Gardner</p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Mon, 04 Apr 2011 19:10:00 -0700 Review: Mint Condition 7...<p>Monday, March 21, 2011 I I Amir Shaw</p> <p>When Mint Condition released their debut hit single Breakin My Heart, it represented a resurgence of the funk-soul era that was popularized during the 70s by bands such as Earth, Wind & Fire and K.C. and The Sunshine Band.</p> <p>Twenty years and six top 10 singles later, Mint Condition continues to provide fans with the live R&B experience with their seventh album, 7.</p> <p>The album begins with the funk-induced t Get Away. The song speaks of the addictive nature of being captured by infatuation. I Want It, a surefire party jam that will ignite any club or backyard barbecue, is reminiscent of 80s funk songs produced by <a href="" title="Prince">Prince</a> and Roger Troutman.</p> <p>On Walk On and Mind Slicker, the group delves into the problems that can stem from getting involved with a conniving lover. I slipped on your ice again, that flossy life pretends, girl youre a mind slicker, mind slicker, mind slicker, sings lead singer Stokely Williams on Mind Slicker.</p> <p>The band takes a voyage into hip-hop with J Dilla-like production on the title song, and is the albums most inspirational moment.</p> <p>Twenty Years Later uses jazz and the blues to tell the tale of a 47-year-old married man who steals, cheats with his best friends girl and lives in his mothers home.</p> <p>Mint Conditions 7<em> </em> is a superb piece of work that serves as an appetizer for the bands amazing live show. <em>amir shaw</em></p> <p><em><br /></em></p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Mon, 04 Apr 2011 17:20:00 -0700 Review: Mint Condition 7...<br /><img src="" /><br /><p>April 4th l l Brent Faulkner</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: verdana;">R&B group Mint Conditions seventh studio LP, entitled 7 marks their first release since 2008s E-Life. On their smartly conceived seventh full-length, Mint Condition sounds just as vocally capable as they did back in their heyday - the glory days of new-jack swing and a time where adult contemporary-laden R&B thrived. While new-jack swing and the popularity of R&B has cooled some, Mint Condition make the styles sound as relevant as ever on this Shanachie released effort (Due April 5, 2011). To call any album these days would be an but 7 proves to be a solid and enjoyable R&B effort. </span> <span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: verdana;"><br /> <br /> The effort opens with bang with the fantastic t Get Away, which features a brilliant stomping groove here. t Get Away exhibits the contemporary R&B sound, minus unnecessary modern R&B gimmickry. The vocal harmonies are spot-on and the songwriting is poignant: In my mind girl, I cant get away from you, every night girl, youre all that I wanna do, if youre close girl, I cant keep my hands off you... I Want It is an exceptional follow-up cut, possessing a modern-funk feel about it. Within I Want It, evidence of Mint Conditions new-jack swing past show up, which is definitely not a bad thing. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: verdana;">Walk On continues an upswing of strong material, even if its five minute-plus duration may be a bit too drawn out. The production is smart, featuring a clever sample and the refrain is as catchy as all else: I shouldve walked away... Mind Slicker features some of the albums more clever production work, though the songwriting is not as readily accessible as the previous three cuts. That said, it is another interesting, above par listen, that again exposes Mint Conditions illustrious R&B past. Vocally, particularly following the bridge section, this is a fine listen. </span> <span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: verdana;"><br /> <br /> Caught My Eye is impressive, slating itself in the track list as a nice, mid-tempo love song. Here, guitar, bass, and solid overall production make for a beautiful piece of ear candy. Not over-complicated, Caught My Eye definitely does just as the title states from the first listen. follows, though seems out of place on this effort. It serves as an interlude using boss nova styled production, but even after listening, one questions why it was placed on this album; it is a bit of a The brief rebuilds any lost momentum, featuring alternative-soul styled production and including an extended rap. Bizarre it may be, but is worthwhile and atones for the oddness of </span> <span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: verdana;"><br /> <br /> Ease the Pain is a valedictory performance, possessing a funky quality about it. The vocals are superb, mixing the soulfulness of veteran Al Green and neo-soul standout DAngelo. The chorus stands out to the listener instantly: I can help ease the pain, I want you to be my everything, I know youve heard these words before, but if you trust in me, you would win for sure babe. Ease The Pain takes the prize as the most soulful number. is an excellent companion piece, though it only rivals Ease The Pain natural flowing soul. Not My Daddy features R&B/gospel chanteuse Kelly Price contributing some gritty, passionate vocals on this yet stunning meeting of voices. Even more surprising is the concluding cut, Twenty Years Later, which combines jazz and R&B harmoniously. </span> <span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: verdana;"><br /> <br /> Essentially, Mint Conditions 7 is a fine addition to the veteran R&B groups discography. It may not reinvent the wheel, but it proves the point that so many veteran R&B artists still got it. No one will dispute given this strong selection of songs, capable production work, and polished and nuanced vocal performances that Mint Condition still have remarkable vocal chemistry and talent. 7 must truly be lucky number seven as it is a solid listen. </span> <span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: verdana;"><br /> <br /> Brent Faulkner</span> <span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: verdana;"><br /> The Urban Music Scene</span></p><p>From <a href=""></a></p>Mon, 04 Apr 2011 17:10:00 -0700