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Montell Jordan 'shakes heaven' with new album

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman R&B singer Montell Jordan worked together with Victory World Church of Norcross to create a religiously inspired album called "Shake Heaven" which was released on Nov. 8. 

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman R&B singer Montell Jordan worked together with Victory World Church of Norcross to create a religiously inspired album called "Shake Heaven" which was released on Nov. 8. 

NORCROSS -- R&B singer Montell Jordan, better known for his hits "This Is How We Do It" and "Let's Ride," worked with Victory World Church of Norcross to create a religiously inspired album called "Shake Heaven" which was released Nov. 8.

Last Thanksgiving, Jordan sent out a goodbye letter on Twitter and Facebook saying thank you to all of his radio friends and fans. As a member of Victory World Church, he wanted to dedicate his life to God and work at the church full-time.

"I left the music business to go into full-time ministry and that's what I'm doing," he said. "They couldn't have bet on that in Vegas (that I could create another album). When I left, I wasn't leaving to switch music genres; I wasn't leaving to do gospel."

In March, the idea of an album created by Victory World Music sparked. By April, they had already begun working on the first single, "These Hands." After six months, the team had completed the entire CD and released it earlier this month.

"The new album is beyond words. I don't have words for it because God just gave it to us -- downloaded it into us," Jordan said. "For our first album -- to bring that many people together that fast for a project -- it's pretty phenomenal."

As for the future, Jordan is leaving that up to God.

"We will have a live "Shake Heaven" album and DVD available in the future, but I don't know if that's the next project," he said. "I know in my human mind what I would do, but God always has a way of saying what we're going to do. My main objective is to keep training and grooming worship leaders. It's my hope that some of these songwriters and worship leaders that contributed to this album will develop and their projects will spur off."

Jordan is also very passionate about "taking back the music." He believes music belongs to God and should be used to worship him, not promote sex, drugs and infidelity.

"I believe that music was meant to be beautiful, positive and good. The enemy likes to twist it and bastardize it, making it something it's not," he said. "My goal when taking back music, means that the same folks that are using the gifts that God gave them to pervert music, I would like to use the same gifts to glorify him in music."

For more information about Victory World Music or the new album, visit victoryworldmusic.com.