Montell Jordan

Montell Jordan
Montell Jordan
Birth name Montell Du'Sean Barnett[1]
Born December 3, 1968 (1968-12-03) (age 42)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres R&B, New Jack Swing, Hip hop
Occupations singer-songwriter, producer
Years active 1994–2010
Labels PMP/RAL, Def Soul (1995–2002)
Koch (2003–2004)
Universal/Fontana (2008)
Associated acts Shae Jones

Montell Jordan (born December 3, 1968) is a former American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer. Jordan became the main solo male artist on its Def Soul imprint until leaving the label in 2003. Of his live performances it is often regarded that he is a rock oriented musician, with Jordan even going as far as to wear sunglasses while on stage. As of 2010, Jordan has left the music business to become a Minister.[2]



Jordan attended Pepperdine University in California, where he received a bachelor's degree in communications and became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Jordan graduated summa cum laude and was a state finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.

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". This success would not happen for a male act again until Chris Brown's debut single "Run It!" topped the chart in 2005. 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 "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), and Sisqó (the number-one hit "Incomplete," 2000). The singer appears in the film The Fighting Temptations as "Mr. Johnson", an angry 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 released his seventh LP - Let It Rain - on October 21, 2008.[3]

Jordan's song "This Is How We Do It" is used as the opening theme to Howie Mandel's hidden camera show, Howie Do It. The song also states his unusually tall height of 6'8".

He is now a born-again Christian and can be seen at Victory World Church in Atlanta, GA performing with the church band. 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, Montell Jordan wrote a Christian album featuring the Christian song "Shake Heaven".


Awards and nominations


  • 1995 MTV Video Music Award nominations for Best Dance Video ("This Is How We Do It") and Best Rhythm & Blues Video ("This Is How We Do It")
  • 1995 Grammy Award nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Male ("This Is How We Do It")


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