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“This Is How We Do It!” TV One Releases “Unsung” Line Up, Includes Montell Jordan, Hi Five And Rick James
In the past weeks, we’ve reported on several upcoming biopics which have left many feeling like in this day and age you’re better off leaving some celebrities’ stories alone if you can’t tell the whole story. In height of these productions, TV One’s hit show Unsung, which uncovers what life was really like for hit-making black musicians whose legacies often go unrecognized, is gearing up for a season return and the lineup is looking pretty nice. Beginning July 30, viewers will be given insight into the lives of Montell Jordan, Hi Five, The Emotions, Martha Wash, Troop, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Wilson Pickett, The Chi-Lites, Peaches & Herb and Rick James.
D’Angela Proctor, SVP of Programming and Production for TV One says of this season:
“As an intimate portrait of the lives of some of music’s most captivating artist, Unsung remains a celebration of their impact on both the recording industry and culture alike. By illuminating the stories of trials and triumphs in the upcoming slate, the legend of these iconic musicians will be sure to grow within the hearts and memories of our audience.”
The formula of Unsung is to portray artists who reached a certain level of fame only to have a specific “turning point” dwindle it. Essentially, it answers the questions”whatever happened to so and so?” or “why didn’t so and so make it bigger?” and we can’t wait to hear the answers for these artists. Here’s the programming schedule below. Whose store can’t you wait to see?
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 8PM/ET – Montell Jordan
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 8PM/ET – Hi Five
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 8PM/ET – The Emotions
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 8PM/ET – Martha Wash
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 8PM/ET – Troop
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 8PM/ET – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 8PM/ET – Wilson Pickett
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 8PM/ET – The Chi-Lites
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 8PM/ET – Peaches & Herb
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 8PM/ET – Rick James
When your faith becomes stronger, it’s amazing the effect it can have on your way of looking at and doing things in life. From watching what you say and the image you put out there of yourself, once you’re born-again, (for many people) you are a new person. These famous folks changed their lives, changed their music, and in many cases, stepped away from the entertainment industry altogether to focus on getting closer to God.
While Chris Tucker never officially disappeared, he decided to start working every once in blue moon despite being on a hot streak in the mid-to late ’90s. The only work he would do for a good decade was the Rush Hour franchise, though he did take a role in the Academy Award-nominated film Silver Linings Playbook in 2012. Despite being the most-loved sidekick to Ice Cube’s Craig in the Friday franchise, Tucker wouldn’t sign on for the sequels to play Smokey because he had become a born-again Christian after doing the film Money Talks and no longer approved of the character.
Have you ever been in the club when a DJ starts playing jams from the ’90’s? Inevitably, Montell Jordan’s megahit from 1995, “This Is How We Do It” is going to make its way into the rotation. Right after Montell harmonizes those first few chords but before you put your drink down and head to the dance floor, you think ‘Whatever happened to him?’
Well baby, today I’m here with an update.
Montell Jordan recently told LA Weekly, that he’s a pastor at a Megachurch in Atlanta. And though it might seem like it’s in direct contrast of who we know him to be, it’s more of a coming home than it is a reinvention.
After all, Montell Jordan grew up in the church. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Jordan was surrounded by gangs and violence but his affiliation with the church kept him protected. Growing up, Montell belonged to the same church the grandmother of a Crip leader attended, so the gang members didn’t mess with him.
“That was a Crip neighborhood. They knew we were church kids, so it was almost like we had a pass, we had protective covering, we could walk all through the neighborhood.”
And though his connection through the church helped him to make it through the neighborhood, once his music career took off, he abandoned it. In one of his sermons about the use and abuse of the godly gift of music, Jordan describes how his involvement in the industry could have easily resulted in his death, several times over.
I know I should be dead. I’m going to tell you personally, I know. There was an instance in 1995, I was on tour with Boyz II Men and I fell off the back of a stage with my hands in my ears, I fell off a stage, onto my head and I know that I should be dead. I can tell you from the things that I did, the promiscuous things, in the music business, outside of my marriage. I know I should be dead. I can tell you about a time when I was recording in a studio in Los Angeles, California and two days after I decided to switch studios, murderers ran up into the studio, robbed the place and asked for me by name…It’s because of Jesus I’m alive. I have more now in Christ than I ever had when I was in the world.
Ironically, when Montell was “out here,” his wife, Kristin, was right beside him working as his manager at the height of his success. Krsitin told LA Weekly, she was a part of the reason Montell abandoned the church and opted instead to be an R&B sex symbol.
“I was part of the reason. I was his manager the whole time. When we first got married they told us we would sell more records if we didn’t let people know we were married.”
But in 2010, when his career was stagnant, Montell and his wife joined Victory World Church in Atlanta and that’s when God revealed the plan for his life.
“The Lord spoke to me and said ‘you got to retire, you got to lay that life down.'”
And though Montell wrestled with the decision, that’s exactly what he ended up doing. He started small by serving in the children’s ministry in his church. After that a church leader asked him to be a part of the worship ministry one day in church. Montell had his reservations.
“I was scared because I knew I wasn’t one person,” he says. “I was probably fearful that me standing on stage would mean that people were going to think that I’d completely given my heart over to Him when I haven’t.”
But what was done was done. He left an impression and he was offered a position as a worship pastor. Now, he has a license to marry, baptize and christen.
Though he’s a pastor now, Montell still wanted to make sure he was able to use his musical gifts to glorify God, so he founded the Victory Music Ministry.
So now you know what he’s been up to these days. Still singing, but for the Lord now. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.
If you want to see how Montell holds up as a preacher, check out a clip from the sermon I mentioned earlier on the next page.
After years of being confused about it, I’ve found that clearly, not everyone is supposed to be or going to be as big as an Usher, a Beyoncé, and most probably won’t get anywhere near MJ status on a global scale. But when highly talented individuals, especially good looking male singers with great pipes, don’t get or don’t get to sustain the popularity they once had, I always wonder why. Such is the case with the following 10 fellas, who throughout my pre-teens and adulthood, I’ve been a fan of. So what are they doing now and what went wrong on the road to stardom? Shall we find out?
And be ready to click (you’ve been warned, so save the complaints).
“And don’t you forget iiiiiit!” That was my jam! For those who don’t remember Glenn Lewis, the neo-soul singer with his funky curls and smooth voice garnered many a female fan after dropping songs like “Don’t You Forget It” off of his debut disk, World Outside My Window in 2002. The Canadian crooner was doing fairly well sales wise as his debut album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, but as he prepared to release his second album with the single, “Back For More,” his release date got pushed back, and his album just wound up being shelved. Things haven’t been the same since…
After leaving and joining different labels, you’ll be happy to know that Lewis signed with EMI Music in 2011 and is said to be working on a new project. However, we’ll believe it when we see it. He still looks good though!