If you've been wondering where '90s singer Montell Jordan is, we have an answer for you. The 'This Is How We Do It' star has given up the music industry for the ministry of Christ. It gets even deeper than that after he expressed how the industry could have resulted in his death.

Now the pastor of an Atlanta-based mega-church, Jordan now uses his talents to inform his following about how music is influential -- and sometimes abused when the power is in the wrong hands.

Growing up in the church in South Central Los Angeles, Jordan explained that even though he grew up around gangs and gang-related violence, the gang members never bother the "church kids":

“That was a Crip neighborhood. They knew we were church kids, so it was almost like we had a pass, we had protective covering, we could walk all through the neighborhood.” - See more at: http://madamenoire.com/278449/from-megahits-to-megachurch-montell-jordan-explains-why-he-left-the-music-industry/#sthash.2BGOQD46.l219Upal.dpuf
“That was a Crip neighborhood. They knew we were church kids, so it was almost like we had a pass, we had protective covering, we could walk all through the neighborhood.” - See more at: http://madamenoire.com/278449/from-megahits-to-megachurch-montell-jordan-explains-why-he-left-the-music-industry/#sthash.2BGOQD46.l219Upal.dpuf

"That was a Crip neighborhood. They knew we were church kids, so it was almost like we had a pass, we had protective covering, we could walk all through the neighborhood. I was more fearful of my dad than I was the Crips and Bloods. If we even thought about gangbanging or being around that, he would take us out first."

Jordan also revealed that the music industry is so powerful and music is so influential -- and can be detrimental in the wrong hands. He also stated that his epiphany to serve Christ came in 2010, when the Lord spoke to him:

In an interview with LA magazine, Montell talks about the industry, it's influence, and the fact that he should be dead.

Jordan get deeper when he talks about a time in his music career where he says he "should've been dead:

"I know I should be dead. I’m going to tell you personally, I know. There was an instance in 1995, I was on tour with Boyz II Men and I fell off the back of a stage with my hands in my ears, I fell off a stage, onto my head and I know that I should be dead. I can tell you from the things that I did, the promiscuous things, in the music business, outside of my marriage. I know I should be dead. I can tell you about a time when I was recording in a studio in Los Angeles, California and two days after I decided to switch studios, murderers ran up into the studio, robbed the place and asked for me by name…It’s because of Jesus I’m alive. I have more now in Christ than I ever had when I was in the world."

 

“That was a Crip neighborhood. They knew we were church kids, so it was almost like we had a pass, we had protective covering, we could walk all through the neighborhood.” - See more at: http://madamenoire.com/278449/from-megahits-to-megachurch-montell-jordan-explains-why-he-left-the-music-industry/#sthash.2BGOQD46.l219Upal.dpufJordan also revealed that after his music career took off, he abandoned the church and his teachings.

 

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