Singer/actor Montell Jordan announced recently that he is leaving behind the entertainment business for good to become a pastor. Jordan, who turns 42 on Friday (Dec. 3), has been a professional artist and songwriter for over 15 years. A graduate of Pepperdine University, the singer created a timeless smash hit with 1995′s “This is How We Do It” on Def Jam, which earned him Grammy and MTV Award nominations.
According to BVBuzz.com, will be taking a position as the Worship Pastor at the Victory World Church in Norcross, Georgia. He expressed that he’d had an ongoing desire to do something on the spiritual side of life, and that his music career sometimes got in the way.
“It’s just been an amazing career. And it has been great,” Jordan posted on his Twitter page via @MontellJordan. “But it’s a calling that’s probably been with me all my life since I was a child. And I’ve known it. A lot of people in the business know it and have the same calling but that leap of faith is difficult.”
The Los Angeles-bred artist, who as a songwriter has penned tunes for Whitney Houston, Sisqo, Deborah Cox and Lil’ Mo, also thanked a lot of people for contributing to his career.
“I also would especially like to thank the countless fans I have met throughout the last 17 years all over the world for your support. I additionally would like to thank radio, retail, and the talented musicians, songwriters, producers. … I want to thank the original Def Jam staff for our many great years and success we shared together,” he wrote.
Jordan joins several successful entertainers who took their work to the church, including MC Hammer, Ma$e and Dave Hollister.