February 27, 2022
“This Is How We Do It” gradually climbed the charts for the next seven weeks, until it hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 15, 1995.
Montell Jordan dethroned Madonna and “Take A Bow,” which had been number-1 for seven-straight weeks. That’s a feat to be proud of.
Jordan and “This Is How We Do It” stayed at number-1 for the next seven weeks. Bryan Adams and “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” knocked “This Is How We Do It” out of the number-1 spot on June 3, 1995. I like a lot of Bryan Adams songs, particularly “This Time,” “Heaven,” and “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started.”
“Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” isn’t one of those favorites of mine. But we’ll be digressing now.
Montell Jordan had four more top-20 singles:
- “Falling” (#18 – December 7, 1996)
- “Let’s Ride” (#2 – April 11, 1998)
- “I Can Do That” (#14 – September 26, 1998)
- “Get It On Tonite” (#4 – February 12, 2000)
None of them particularly resonated with me. “Falling” is awe-ite, if you will. But that’s only because it samples MC Eiht’s 1993 song “Streiht Up Menace” that was featured in the movie “Menace II Society.”
Montell Jordan is and always was a family man. His wife, Kristin, was his manager when “This Is How We Do It” became a number-1 hit. They have four children. From all accounts, they’ve been married for 27 years. They co-authored a book called This Is How We Do It! Making Your Marriage A Masterpiece. Jordan is a man of God today. He left show businesses in 2011 to commit himself to God. He’s a frequent speaker/pastor at the 20,000-plus member Victory World Church in Atlanta. Jordan released a gospel album called Shake Heaven in 2011.
I believe “This Is How We Do It” was the first song I ever played on the radio at my first gig in 1996. Regardless, much love for Montell Jordan. Most men would love to have his life. Fame, family, faith and love. I could do without the fame. But not much else to dislike about all that.