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Montell Jordan recently opened up about the importance of spreading God's word and his decision to leave the music business three years ago.
The full time Worship Leader, 44, is based at Victory World Church in Norcross, Ga., doing what he believes God called him to do and he opened up about why he believes Christians have a duty to "make the name of Jesus famous." Jordan rose to stardom in 1995 as a popular R&B singer before leaving the music business in 2010 to become a minister and he has never looked back.
"I think it's important to spread the word of God through music, through art, through film, through television through every medium until all the world knows scripturally [that] every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess," Jordan told The Christian Post exclusively at the 44th Dove Awards in Nashville, TN.,..
"So because of that I think that it's just important that musically, through film, through television through all the arts ... every opportunity that Christians have to be a blessing and to make the name of Jesus famous... that is the goal," he explained.
The "You Are" singer now creates music with his church team, Victory World Music, and earlier this year their "Shake Heaven" album received a Dove Award nomination for Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year. Jordan explained why exactly he retired from secular music in 2010.
"In 2010 I actually left the music business. I officially retired and I went into fulltime ministry and so the question has been asked did I leave secular music to go and do gospel music and actually what I did was I left the music business to go into fulltime ministry," he said.
"That's what I do now I'm a licensed minister and I marry and bury and baptize and do those things and in the process I'm doing ministry ... what I'm called to do, I also get an opportunity to do music now like the "Shake Heaven" album," he explained.
The 2-disc project features a full-length CD and a live performance DVD. The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard Gospel album chart and Jordan revealed why he believes so many people connect with his music.
"I think that God music is music that everybody should be able to connect to whether you are a Christian or not," he said.
"I think it's just good music that's being presented right now and our album and the music that we're doing is trying to reach not just people who are Christian, but we're trying to reach the lost and really just the world with good music," he explained.
"You Are" featuring Chris August, which is the second single from the album, was praised by critics following its release earlier this year. Jordan revealed that the "love song for God" was originally written for his wife.
"'You Are' is a song I wrote ten years ago. It was written for my wife as a love song and after years and years of the song not being placed on a particular artist my wife gave me the suggestion to re-write it and make it a love song to the Lord," said the father of three.
"I was very hesitant at first but I was able to take that and with my 14-year-old daughter at the time ... we re-wrote the lyrics of the song [and] made it a love song to the Lord and it's never been the same since," he added.