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The band fuses diverse genres such as jazz , hip hop , funk and dance into its music. As a band, Mint Condition came into being during the early s. At first, the band consisted of lead singer and in-studio drummer Stokley Williams, lead guitarist Homer O'Dell, and keyboardist Larry Waddell. They were discovered by music producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in , during a performance at the downtown Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue. Two years later, they released their second album, From The Mint Factory The song was also a smash on the Rhythmic Top 40 charts where it reached The success of these two singles, along with positive reviews of the album, allowed Definition of a Band to reach Gold status as well. Two years later, the group released The Collection: , a greatest hits compilation. After a six year hiatus, the group resurfaced as a quintet because keyboard player Keri Lewis left the group to produce for other artists, such as his wife, singer Toni Braxton , and then joined the entertainment division at Santa Fe Station Casino.
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The six talented musicians combined a variety of influences and experiences to shape their own sound. Williams began playing classic West African instruments at the age of four, while O'Dell grew up listening to his father play blues bass and singing with him in a family group. Waddell played in a recording arts band at school and mastered keyboards by listening to jazz greats Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock. Exposed to his father's extensive jazz collection, Allen played keyboards and sax in local bands throughout his high school years, as Lewis was mastering keyboards, percussion, and guitar while attending school. Kinchen 's first and strongest influence was his family, all of whom played instruments and encouraged his interest in music. He developed his skills as a bass player by listening to records by Stanley Clarke and Louis Johnson of the Brothers Johnson. Kinchen played in various bands in his native Chicago and performed at several productions at Kennedy-King College before moving to the Twin Cities.