ST. PAUL (WCCO) — On Sunday night, the music world comes together to honor the best of the best at the Grammy Awards and many will be watching to see if a Twin Cities man brings home a few awards.READ MORE: Conspiracy Theorists Flock To Bird Flu, Spreading Falsehoods On Social Media
Stokley Williams, the lead singer of the group Mint Condition, is nominated Best R&B Song and Best R&B performance for helping out Kelly Price with hit song “Not My Daddy.”
Williams grew up the Twin Cities and still lives here.
The song dominated the R&B charts for weeks last year. It was co-produced by members of Mint Condition, who grew up together in St. Paul.
“For me, it’s about the power struggles in a relationship; you might have strong personalities … and just the balance of that. You hear the guy say look I got one Mama, I don’t need two,” laughed Williams. “So its like be my mate, not someone who is trying to control me, that kind of thing.”
Mint Condition had a great 2011 touring Europe with Prince and performing in concerts with singers Anthony Hamilton and Jill Scott. Not bad for a band that first hit the national stage in the early 1990’s with hits like “Breakin’ My Heart.”READ MORE: Buffalo Clinic Shooting: Jury Selection Continues In Gregory Ulrich's Trial
Williams also sings with a jazz group in France and is regularly flying around the world. So, what’s his reason for keeping a home in Minnesota?
“It is a firm base, there are real people here. A waitress is really a waitress here. You know, I’m cool with that,” he said.
And when he’s home, he’s with his wife, Sylvia Williams, and their two young children.
“On Sundays we always have a family dinner. We get everybody all together. You know the parents and the kids, it’s our time to re-establish the connection,” said Stokley’s wife.
Sylvia Williams is busy, too. She’s a professional baker and runs her own business, in addition to taking care of their kids.MORE NEWS: After Fatal Shooting Outside School, District 287 Superintendent Supports Safety Recommendations, Including Metal Detectors
Stokley Williams is planning to be in the audience with his fellow Grammy nominees on Sunday.