Montell Jordan Leaves Music For the Pastorate

By Lora Neng
November 29, 2010

Since his collaboration with Bishop Eddie Long to produce the song “You In Me,” Montell Jordan has been a visible proponent of spirituality outside of gospel. He took his faith even further Wednesday by announcing his retirement from music. “I often have spoken of my Christian belief and faith throughout my R&B career, yet this is my official retirement letter,” he said via twitter, revealing his plans to become an ordained pastor.

In an interview with Gospel Flava a few years ago, Jordan commented about why he had explored other avenues outside the church to express his spirituality. “My ministry lies in another place —it’s to reach out to a different kind of person.” After 15 years in the music industry, the artist who helped Def Jam Records gain notice with the 1995 hit “This is How We Do It” will be performing that song for the last time on December 31st. His service will continue at World Victory Church in Norcross, Georgia.

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