Montell Jordan promises the hits during the “I Love the ’90s Tour” stop with Tone Loc, Young MC and C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams.
But it’s not all about fun and games any longer.
“With the tour, I only have a little time to share a lot of information,” Jordan says. “You’ll get the nostalgic Montell Jordan party records like ‘This is How We Do It’ and the ballads.
“You’ll also hear songs off my new album called ‘Masterpeace.’ It’s a new album that’s the soundtrack to the marriage ministry my wife and I have been doing over the past few years.”
“Masterpeace” features gospel rapper Lecrae; Tedashii; Jordan’s wife, Kristin; and his child, Skyler. The ministry promotes and encourages couples to keep dating in their marriage and spiritually strengthen their faith in God to have more faith in each other.
Jordan says the album is filled with R&B songs from the heart of a man who loves God, his wife and his family. The project is designed to reach beyond the four walls of the church and to inspire love and closer relationship in marriages by intentionally sharing thoughts from a more spiritual perspective.
“My wife and I wrote a book a couple years ago, ‘This is How We Do It! Making Your Marriage a Masterpeace,’” he says. “It’s designed to help couples desire to be married, go into marriage with an eternal strategy, as opposed to an exit strategy.”
The Jordans have been married for 26 years and have encountered well-documented ups and downs.
“A lot of people are ready to pull the ripcord on the relationship,” Jordan says. “God blessed us to stay together. We feel like we share so much we can make it last forever.
“A lot of that is my wife and I speaking together, touring together and doing marriage conferences and date nights. We’re equipped to have better lives together. People who are single can have a greater love for themselves and those who aspire to be married in the future, if that’s something they want. Living a married life is a beautiful thing.”
Jordan went into full-time ministry in 2011, and that changed his career and his world. He says it was necessary to continue living, as he really “wasn’t alive.”
Music defined Jordan, and outside of that, he didn’t know who he was, he explains.
“I’m writing from a different standpoint,” he says. “A lot of my prior songs were songs I was using to glorify and bring fame and notoriety to myself. Now it’s geared toward notoriety to the name of Jesus. I’m a Christian. I’m refocusing.
“I was writing about a bunch of women—multiple women. Now I write about one woman. It’s changed for me. The perspective I write from is a guy who loves God, his wife, his family, his children and his legacy.”
The change allowed him to see himself without a mic.
“I am a son, a husband, a father, friend and a giver,” Jordan adds. “There are songs I don’t sing. I don’t drink anymore. I’m buzzed all the time because of God. The songs are customizable. I’ll say, ‘This is how we do it, Phoenix.’
“I do love these nostalgia tours, though—not for the sake of touring, but for the sake of letting me sing the praises of God and how he did something really cool with me. God changed me and made it so amazing now. I’m alive.”
Montell Jordan w/Tone Loc, Young MC and C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602.267.1600, celebritytheatre.com, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, $40-$80.