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Montell Jordan at the Tom Joyner studios in 2008
December 3, 1968 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Montell Jordan (born December 3, 1968) 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.
Life and career
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 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 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 was 2008's Let It Rain on the Fontana Records label.
Jordan sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Friday May 8, 2015 NBA playoff game between the home Chicago Bulls and the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers. He then performed "This is How We Do It" for the half time show.
Jordan sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Friday October 30, 2015 game between the home Sacramento Kings and the visiting Los Angeles Lakers. He then performed "This is How We Do It" for the half time show.
Jordan performed his hit "This Is How We Do It" on January 14, 2016, at a Philadelphia 76ers home game versus the Chicago Bulls for the halftime show.
Jordan performed "star spangled banner" at a Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers game on January 29, 2015
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.
Jordan has been married to Kristin Hudson since June 1994. They have four children. He currently serves on the pastoral staff at Victory World Church in Norcross, Georgia.
- 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)
- The Nutty Professor (1996) as Himself
- 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.
- "iTunes - Music - Shake Heaven (feat. Montell Jordan & Beckah Shae) - Single by Victory World Music". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2012-03-30.