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||Shae Jones, Lil' Mo, Master P, Silkk the Shocker|
Montell Jordan (born December 3, 1968) is an American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer. Jordan became the main solo male 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 and became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in 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 also did "Talk Show" with Shae Jones in 1998 and "Get It on Tonite" in 1999.
Besides 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 comical, supporting role in the film The Fighting Temptations as "Mr. Johnson", an aggressive convict who is very sensitive about his high-pitched voice. He also had a cameo appearance in The Nutty Professor, and he performed on the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown. In 2003 Jordan left Def Soul and released the album Life After Def on Koch Records and also appeared on the album of popular Croatian singer Nina Badrić in duet "Ne dam te nikom" ("I'm Not Giving You to Anyone").
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 Thompson 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
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- Montell Jordan on Myspace
- April 2006 Full online interview
- "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan on YouTube