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
Victory World Church in Norcross, Georgia.
1 Early life and education
2 Musical career
3 Ministry career
4 Personal life
8 External links
Early life and education
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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.
In the mid 80's, Montell attended Junipero Serra High School in
Gardena California, as well as
Pepperdine University in Malibu,
California, where he earned a bachelor's degree in communications. He
became a member of the
Kappa Alpha Psi
Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in the spring of
1989. Jordan graduated in 1991.
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, musicians
Janet Jackson and
Shanice Wilson attended the show. From there he made
his first mix-tape and flew out to New York with producer 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,"
which sampled 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
on 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,
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 documentary
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 [his] music." Realizing Def
Soul was committed to maintaining Jordan's current image as their
prominent R&B artist, Jordan left the label to sign with Koch
Records. That same year Jordan released the album
Life After Def under
Koch. He contributed to the album of popular Croatian singer Nina
Badrić in the duet "Ne dam te nikom" ("I'm Not Giving You to
Anyone"). Jordan's last release was 2008's Let It Rain on the Fontana
Through 2015 and 2016, Jordan appeared at the halftime shows of
various sporting games, as well as on The Late Late Show with James
Corden, performing "This Is How We Do It".
Jordan is now a born-again Christian and can be seen at Victory World
Church in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives and worships with the
church team called Victory World Music. In 2010 Jordan planned to make
a comeback album as his foray back into the music industry. However,
during a fast at the Victory World Church, Jordan said he was told by
God to quit the music industry. He decided to cancel his plans and
dedicate his life to his faith. Jordan ultimately ended up quitting
the music industry.
Jordan created a music collective at the
Victory World Church
Victory World Church called
"Victory World Music." In early 2011, they released a Christian album
featuring the song "Shake Heaven", with Beckah Shae.
In 2012 an internet hoax claimed that Jordan had died.
Jordan has been married to Kristin Hudson since June 1994.[citation
needed] They have four children.
Montell Jordan discography
This Is How We Do It
This Is How We Do It (1995)
Let's Ride (1998)
Get It On…Tonite (1999)
Montell Jordan (2002)
Life After Def (2003)
Let It Rain (2008)
The Nutty Professor (1996) as Himself
The Fighting Temptations
The Fighting Temptations (2004) as Mr. Johnson
The List (2015)
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 Hit
This Is How We Do It
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 23,
^ Cooper, Andrew (15 April 2017). "Montell Jordan: Music, Fame, and
^ "iTunes – Music – Shake Heaven (feat.
Montell Jordan &
Beckah Shae) – Single by Victory World Music". Itunes.apple.com.
2011-06-07. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
^ "Montell Jordan: This is How He Transforms His Life". www.ebony.com.
Montell Jordan on Facebook
Montell Jordan on IMDb
April 2006 Full online interview
Montell Jordan's Sermon on "Music Is Power"
"This Is How We Do It" by
Montell Jordan on YouTube
This Is How We Do It
Get It On...Tonite
Life After Def
Let It Rain
"This Is How We Do It"
"Somethin' 4 da Honeyz"
"What's on Tonight"
"When You Get Home"
"I Can Do That"
"Get It On Tonite"
"Once Upon a Time"
"Mine Mine Mine"
"You Must Have Been"
"I'm Going Krazy (Straight Bananas)"
"Me and U"
Def Jam Recordings
Def Jam South
Disturbing tha Peace
Radio Killa Records
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