MONTELL DU\'SEAN BARNETT (born December 3, 1968), known
professionally as MONTELL JORDAN, is an American singer, songwriter
and record producer, best known for his 1995 single "This Is How We Do
It ". Jordan was the primary male solo artist on Def Jam 's Def Soul
imprint until leaving the label in 2003.
In 2010, Jordan left the music business to become the worship leader
Victory World Church in
Norcross, Georgia .
* 1 Life and career
* 1.1 Early life and education
* 1.2 Musical career
* 1.3 Present status
* 2 Personal life
* 3 Discography
* 4 Filmography
* 5 References
* 6 External links
LIFE AND CAREER
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Montell Jordan was born in south central Los Angeles to Elijah and
Deloris Jordan. Born into a Baptist family, Jordan attended his local
church frequently as a child, where his mother and father worked as
deacons. Growing up, Jordan played piano for his church as a musician.
Pepperdine University in
Malibu, California , where he
earned a bachelor's degree in communications. He became a member of
Kappa Alpha Psi
Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in the spring of 1989. Jordan graduated
After graduating, Jordan started working for Williams Television
Time, where he helped make T.V. infomercials. In an attempt to jump
start his career as a musician, Jordan invited his coworkers to see
him perform at a showcase. According to interviews with Jordan,
Janet Jackson and
Shanice Wilson attended the show. From
there he made his first mix-tape and flew out to New York with
Russell Simmons of Def Jam Records . He signed to Def Jam in
1995, becoming the second R&B artist to sign with the label.
Jordan's first single was the 1995 #1 hit "
This Is How We Do It ,"
Slick Rick 's earlier Def Jam hit "Children\'s Story ".
According to interviews with Jordan, the song is a "reflection of what
street life was for a kid who grew up in the neighborhood." The
single reached #1 on the
Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for
seven consecutive weeks. Thanks to the enormous success of the single,
Jordan's first album went platinum, selling over a million copies.
Jordan followed up his success with "Somethin' 4 Da Honeyz", which
peaked at #21. Later hits included "Let\'s Ride " with
Master P and
Silkk the Shocker and "I Like". He co-wrote, produced and sang back-up
Shae Jones 's 1999 album
Talk Show . The Jordan single Get It On
Tonite peaked at #4 in the same year.
In 1996 Jordan opened for the R&B vocal group
Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men in
Vancouver. During the performance a stage flare disoriented him,
causing him to fall off the 7-foot stage and hit his head. Despite
being taken to the hospital, Jordan sustained no injuries. Jordan
would later describe the event as a "modern day miracle" and that he
owed his life to Boyz II Men.
In addition to crafting his own material, Jordan has written and
produced for other artists, including
Christina Milian ,
98 Degrees ,
Shae Jones ,
Deborah Cox ("Nobody\'s Supposed to Be Here ", 1998),
Lil\' Mo ("
Ta Da ", 2000), and
Sisqó (the number-one hit "Incomplete
", 2000). The singer had a comedic supporting role in the film The
Fighting Temptations as Mr. Johnson, an aggressive convict who is
self-conscious about his high-pitched voice. He made a cameo
appearance in The Nutty Professor , and he performed in the
Standing in the Shadows of Motown . In 2000, his song
"Unstoppable" was featured exclusively in the video game NBA Live 2001
In 2003 Jordan left Def Soul, citing artistic differences as reason
for the departure. In recent interviews, Jordan recalls issues he had
with his image under Def Soul. In particular, Jordan wished to leave
his image as a sex symbol behind and mature artistically. Jordan was
marketed as a sex icon since his start at Def Soul, despite having
been married to his now-wife Kristin Hudson before even signing.
Whenever he was asked about his relationship status, Jordan would
simply respond that he was "married to music." Realizing Def Soul
was committed to maintaining Jordan's current image as their prominent
* ^ "
Montell Jordan Leaving Entertainment Behind For Good?! Taking
on the Ministry!". UrbLife.com. December 1, 2010.
* ^ Nibokun, Imade (2013-05-22). "
Montell Jordan Is Now a
Megachurch Pastor". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
* ^ "Meeting God: Exclusive Interview with Montell Jordan". Religio
Magazine Faith and Religion. 2016-02-24. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
* ^ "Pastor Montell Jordan: ‘This Is How God Does It’".
BlackDoctor. 2015-12-04. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
* ^ "Sixers Halftime Concert Series Tips Off This Thursday".
nba.com. January 11, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
* ^ Malec, Brett (January 29, 2015). "Watch
Montell Jordan Sing His
This Is How We Do It for a Surprised Crowd of Super Bowl Fans". E!
News. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
* ^ Kaulman, Gil (August 23, 2016). "Watch James Corden Get a
Birthday Surprise from Montell Jordan". Billboard. Retrieved November