Alright, so I know that we’re a little “tardy for the party” on this one, but apparently (and if you remember) R&B/pop star Montell Jordan is giving up his secular career for a spiritual one! Yes, ladies, the tallest man ever in R&B (he’s 6’8″ tall) officially declared himself through with R&B, and wants to focus more on his relationship with God. If you also recall, Jordan’s smash hit “This Is How We Do It” skyrocketed to the top of the pop charts in the mid-90’s, and was an anthem to Atlanta’s once-annual “go wild” event “Freaknik”. Retiring from the R&B game, had always been heavy on the 41 year-old’s mind, especially after pioneering a hip-hop feel to R&B while under Def Jam Records. Jordan alone was an inspiration for rap-influenced R&B artists, such as Tyrese, Tank and Ginuwine. Furthermore, his calling motivated him to be more involved in the church, providing him with the title of “minister of music” at his church home in Norcross (see video below.)
Although his transition to the Christian spectrum of music would prove him missed in the hip-hop world, Jordan’s success as an artist is undeniable, and his platinum status has helped concrete his place as an R&B great. Says Jordan, “it’s a calling that’s probably been with me all my life…many [industry people] have the same calling but that leap of faith is difficult”. Jordan is set to perform “This Is How We Do It” for a final time on New Year’s Eve 2010; beyond that, his only stage will be the pulpit of Victory World Church in Norcross, GA.
We say “AMEN to that!
How do you feel about Montell Jordan’s conversion? Can he take Eddie Long’s place in the ATL? DO you think that he will have the same appeal in the gospel world? Let me hear your thoughts…..