The man who wrote and performed some of the biggest R&B hits in history is now performing on a different kind of stage. Former music star Montell Jordan is now the worship leader at Victory World Church in Norcross.
I was a little nervous but in the same breath…they considered me for the show where most are older more seasoned," said singer/songwriter/producer/actor and minister Montell Jordan about his TV One "Unsung" episode. "It shows I’m still relevant in today’s society. I was killed on Twitter, I was a young minister at the time, and I was reading what people said. They said, ‘Montell Jordan of ‘This is How We Do It’ (fame) died…’ I’m more than that. I want ‘…’ after Montell Jordan."
His episode will show there is so much more to Montell Jordan, and the others that this season of TV One’s "Unsung" will focus on. Other episodes will highlight the lives of Hi Five (August 6th), The Emotions (August 13th), Martha Wash (August 20th), Troop (August 27th), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (September 3rd), Wilson Pickett (September 10th), The Chi-Lites (September 17th), Peaches & Herb (September 24th), and Rick James (October 1st). Jordan is not only a singer, but a songwriter/producer (SisQo’s "Incomplete," Deborah Cox’s "Nobody Suppose to Be Here"), an actor (The Nutty Professor, Fighting Temptations), and a minister (Victor World Church). Montell also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.
"(Giving his songs away) It was a huge issue," Jordan said when asked about others singing his songs, such as Christina Milian, 98 Degrees, Shae Jones and Lil’ Mo. "In the same breath…when nobody gets to see your child…I had notoriety at the time and was able to give them away, give them life. It was a great opportunity. We (Montell and his partner Shep Crawford) had songs I wanted to birth that wouldn’t see the time of day. I was an up-temple artist, and we had songs like ‘Incomplete’ so we gave it to SisQo to give them life." Jordan said that the producer of TV One’s "Unsung" had access to his family and children, and he feels the episode will do him justice.
"It was shot with integrity," Jordan pointed out. "It shows I am two very difference characters. I’m in ministry (now) and live very different. I went through…the journey of the music business to ministry. I traded success for significance. If I never sing another song…I’m relevant in people’s lives, instead of in music."
Montell Jordan started in the music business at Def Jam Soul in 1995, and he married his wife in 1994 (they have four children). He topped the charts at Def Jam with "This is How We Do It," "Let’s Ride" featuring Master P and Sillk Shocker, and "When You Get Home." Montell also signed a deal with Koch Records in 2003 and Fontana Records in 2008. Jordan left secular music in 2010 to minister at his church Victory World Church, and released a Gospel album in 2011.
The TV One "Unsung" docu-series is produced by A. Smith & Company, an award winning television production company founded by Arthur Smith and Kent Weed.