The Billboard Top Ten songs chart for 1995 contains the following names: Coolio, TLC, Seal, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Madonna and a man named Montell Jordan. This Is How We Do It was a breakout new jack-swing song that topped the Hot 100 for seven weeks and R&B charts for eight. Jordan, tall and handsome with a silky-smooth voice, established himself as a powerful presence in music, brimming with talent, savvy and charm. Over his nearly twenty-year career in music, Jordan has released seven studio albums, fourteen singles, and is a Grammy-nominated artist selling more than 10 million records worldwide.
Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Montell always knew he was destined for something big. As a kid, Montell wasn’t blessed with the athletic gene, but he was born with music in his soul. As a student at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, his main focus at the time was law school. A current professor of his made a statement at the time that would change the course of his life for the next two decades. When the professor mentioned that one of his biggest regrets in life was missing the chance to pursue music, Montell immediately recognized that if he was ever going to take a shot in this field now was the time. He put together a demo which eventually landed in the hands of Def Jam Records and Russell Simmons.