Montell Jordan at the Tom Joyner studios in 2008
|Birth name||Montell Du'Sean Barnett|
December 3, 1968 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Genres||R&B, New Jack Swing, Hip hop|
|Labels||PMP/RAL, Def Soul (1995–2002)
|Associated acts||Master P, Silkk the Shocker, Shae Jones, Lil' Mo|
Montell Jordan (born December 3, 1968) is an American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer. 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 at Victory World Church in Norcross, Georgia.
Early life and education
Jordan was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. He attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he earned a bachelor's degree in communications. He became a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in the spring of 1989. Jordan graduated in 1991.
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". Jordan followed up his success with "Somethin' 4 Da Honeyz", which peaked at #21. Later hits would include "Let's Ride" with Master P and Silkk the Shocker. 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 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 documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown. In 2003 Jordan left Def Soul and released the album Life After Def on Koch Records. 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 as an R&B artist was 2008's Let It Rain on the Fontana Records label.
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 late 2010, Jordan announced that he was officially leaving his music career behind to become a Worship Minister at Victory World Church.
In early 2011, Jordan wrote a Christian album featuring the song "Shake Heaven", with Beckah Shae.
Jordan has been married to Kristin Hudson since June 1994. They have four children.
- This Is How We Do It (1995)
- More… (1996)
- Let's Ride (1998)
- Get It On…Tonite (1999)
- Montell Jordan (2002)
- Life After Def (2003)
- Let It Rain (2008)
- "Montell Jordan Biography"
- "Montell Jordan Leaving Entertainment Behind For Good?! Taking on the Ministry!". UrbLife.com. December 1, 2010.
- "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 at the Internet Movie Database
- Montell Jordan on Twitter
- Montell Jordan on Facebook
- Montell Jordan on Myspace
- April 2006 Full online interview
- Montell Jordan's Sermon on "Music is Power"
- "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan on YouTube