Written for Kurrent Music
Published February 5th 2016
Montell Jordan: This Is How We Do It
How many times have we seen artists struggle with their public image? Many big artists go through a slow transition process to gain more control over their look and sound. Just think of Mariah Carey or Kylie Minogue. Others act out, in order to find better ways. Think Britney Spears or Justin Bieber. But most artists suffer in silence.
Years ago, through a friend, I got to hang out with her and Montell Jordan, and some of his friends, backstage at an R&B event. In the dressing room, he was telling us about his love for Gospel music and how he had become deeply religious in recent years. It was a stark contrast to some other R&B stars, who were partying with substances in the dressing rooms next to us.
Shortly after he returned to the States, he posted his planned retirement from R&B music on Facebook to preach at his church instead. Even though I guess I saw it coming, this move was something that intrigued me.