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Earnest Pugh (EPM Music Group)
For ’90s R&B star Montell Jordan, music was his life and his lucrative career. But since leaving the secular music world in 2010 to be a full-time worship pastor, he now says singing is secondary to spreading the Word of God to unbelievers.
Jordan, known for his megahit “This Is How We Do It,” says it took a series of tragic events before he truly gave his life to Christ: “We had a house fire; we lost everything. My wife and I experienced the loss of a child. We went through bankruptcy. It got to a point where we’d tried it our way long enough. [We said], ‘Let’s see what would happen if we tried it God’s way.’”
The couple jumped full-force into ministry. Jordan is the worship pastor at the multicultural Victory World Church in Norcross, Ga., which releases a worship CD/DVD combo this month called Shake Heaven. Jordan wrote and sings on many of the tracks.
The 44-year-old is also a licensed minister. He and his wife lead a marriage ministry, work with the children’s church and youth groups. Jordan’s desire is to continue to use his testimony to touch the lives that others may not be able to reach.
“I have the ability or the credibility to reach and speak to people that your [Joel] Osteens or T.D. Jakes might not be able to reach,” Jordan says. “I lived my life openly on YouTube via the Internet, and you can see all the things I said and all the things I did.
“The same way that they saw that then, they can see what God is doing now. They could say if [God] could bring him from that, then [He] could definitely do it for me.”
Popular worship band Jesus Culture teamed up with Martin Smith of Delirious? to release a new double cd today.
Today award-winning artist and songwriter David Crowder will release his first solo effort as an iTunes exclusive. This follows the final David Crowder Band album, which hit stores earlier this year.
Forever Reign successfully presents itself not only as a valuable resource for worship leaders and congregations but for listeners who enjoy piano and acoustic guitar-driven praise for their personal times of worship.
Third Day (Provident)
Multiple Grammy Award-winning rock group Third Day will take a new musical direction with their 16th album, Miracle. The group worked with veteran rock producer Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, The Fray, Train) to produce a new sound that includes layered guitars, thick harmonies and sing-along vocals.
Bebo Norman's new album, Lights of Distant Cities, is the result of years of walking through a dark, spiritual desert, and finally finding what he was looking forGods promise of light, hope and love.
A dozen years in, the Chicago-based ensemble known as Shekinah Glory Ministry continues to be a forerunner for urban praise and worship music. Find out how their latest album stacks up.
Bethel Live releases its all-new, full-length CD/DVD, For The Sake Of The World to critical acclaim.
Israel Houghton & New Breed's recently released Jesus at the Center, recorded live over four days at Joel Osteens packed Lakewood Church in Houston, exemplifies what the church truly should be.
A new worship album from Mars Hill Music, which launched earlier this summer, is available today. The Modern Post, led by former Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue, is pushing against traditional worship music with celebratory and upbeat tunes.
Jesus Culture Music is all about drawing people into the presence of God through praise and worship. Does their latest album, Emerging Voices, live up to expectations?
The worship leaders and musicians of International House of Prayer of Kansas City, Mo., form a contemporary heavenly brew with their newest worldwide release onething LIVE: Magnificent Obsession. Check out our review.
The groups third studio project celebrates the grace of God as we stand between His promise of freedom and our struggle to be free.
Israel Houghton and New Breed are back with their first live recording in five years.
Singer-songwriter Jaime O. Navarro released his first CD this summer entitled The Book of J.O.N.
When Hillsong releases a new project, listeners pay attention.