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Montell Jordan
Birth name Montell Du'Sean Barnett[1]
Born December 3, 1968 (1968-12-03) (age 41) South Central,California, United States
Genres R&B, New Jack Swing, Hip hop
Occupations singer-songwriter, producer
Years active 1994–present
Labels Def Jam (1994–2002)
Koch (2003–2004)
Universal/Fontana (2008)

Montell Jordan (born December 3, 1968) is an American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer. Jordan was the second R&B artist signed to the Def Jam label (following Oran "Juice" Jones) and became the main male artist on its Def Soul imprint until leaving the label in 2003.



Jordan attended Pepperdine University in California, where he received a bachelor's degree in communication and became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Jordan's first single was the 1995 #1 hit "This Is How We Do It," which sampled Slick Rick's earlier Def Jam hit "Children's Story". Jordan followed up his success with "Somethin' 4 Da Honeyz", which peaked at #21. Later hits would include "Let's Ride" with Master P and "Talk Show" with Shae Jones in 1998 and "Get It on Tonite" in 1999.

Besides crafting his own material, Jordan has written and produced for other artists, including Christina Milian, 98 Degrees, Deborah Cox ("Nobody's Supposed to Be Here," 1998), and Sisqó (the number-one hit "Incomplete," 2000). The singer has had cameo roles in the films The Fighting Temptations and The Nutty Professor, and he performed on the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown. In 2003 Jordan left Def Soul and released the album Life After Def on Koch Records and also appeared on the album of popular Croatian singer Nina Badrić in duet "Ne dam te nikom" ("I'm Not Giving You to Anyone").

Jordan released his seventh LP - Let It Rain - on October 21, 2008. [2]

Jordan's song "This Is How We Do It" is used as the opening theme to Howie Mandel's hidden camera show, Howie Do It.


Studio albums

Year Album Chart positions[3][4] U.S.
Record label
1995 This Is How We Do It 12 4 53 Platinum Def Jam
1996 More… 47 14 66 Gold
1998 Let's Ride 20 8 Gold
1999 Get It On…Tonite 32 3 Gold
2002 Montell Jordan Def Jam/Def Soul
2003 Life After Def 54 Koch
2008 Let It Rain 67 Universal/Fontana
"—" denotes the album failed to chart, was not released, or was not certified


Year Single Chart positions[3][4] U.S.
1995 "This Is How We Do It" 1 1 11 Platinum This Is How We Do It
"Somethin' 4 da Honeyz" 21 18 15 Gold
"Daddy's Home" 74
1996 "I Like" (feat. Slick Rick) 28 11 24 The Nutty Professor OST
& More…
"Falling" 18 8 Gold More…
1997 "What's on Tonight" 21 7 Gold
"Showdown" (E-A-Ski feat. Montell Jordan) 54 Showdown
1998 "Let's Ride" (feat. Master P & Silkk the Shocker) 2 1 25 Platinum Let's Ride
"I Can Do That" 14 4 Gold
"When You Get Home 74
1999 "Get It on Tonite" 4 1 15 Get It On…Tonite
2000 "Once Upon a Time" 35
2001 "You Must Have Been" 44 Montell Jordan
2003 "Supa Star" 71 Life After Def
2008 "Me and U" 71 Let It Rain
Number 1 hits 1 3
Top 10 hits 3 6
Top 20 hits 5 8 3
Top 40 hits 8 10 5

Awards and nominations


  • 1995 MTV Video Music Award nominations for Best Dance Video ("This Is How We Do It") and Best Rhythm & Blues Video ("This Is How We Do It")
  • 1995 Grammy Award nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Male ("This Is How We Do It")


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