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Mint Condition’s Stokley Williams talks Prince, his career ‘change of scenery’ and more

By Jay Cridlin
Published: January 12, 2018
Stokley Williams, the frontman for popular R&B group Mint Condition, brings his solo effort to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Saturday (Jan. 13) as part of the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival's Music Fest. The festival runs 10 days and includes a variety of events. Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival.

Stokely Williams is a well-known industry vet. The Grammy-nominated singer of Minnesota R&B act Mint Condition, he's performed and toured with the likes of Elton John and Prince.

So when coming up with a title for his first solo project, he chose — Introducing Stokley Williams? What gives?

"I'm trying to cast a wider net to capture those who don't know me," he said. "For the people who know me, they know me with a group of guys I grew up with. But that's one-fifth. With this, it's just me from the bottom to the top."

Williams will perform Mint Condition hits like Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes) at Saturday's Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Music Fest at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Jazz guitarist Norman Brown will follow Williams on Sunday at Curtis Hixon. Click here for details on the shows.

For more of Kenya Woodard's interview, click here.