After parting ways with Maverick City Music over alleged inappropriate behavior, singer-songwriter Dante Bowe has quietly canceled his highly publicized 14-city “Joyful the Tour” and premiered a new song online for those crossing. “difficult times”.
Six weeks ago, cult band Maverick City Music put a “pause” on their relationship with Bowe over “behavior inconsistent with our core values and beliefs”. A few days later, Bowe posted an apology on Instagram but quickly deleted this post.
Bowe had been promoting his “Joyful The Tour” – a series of worship concerts in 14 cities in October and November with fellow musical artist Evvie McKinney and Social Club Misfits.
On September 27, The Roys Report (RTR) texted a number listed on Bowe’s website, asking if her Joyful Tour was going ahead as planned. No one answered for over a month. We also contacted a few churches hosting the Joyful concerts, but none of them responded either.
However, last Friday we received a text from Bowe asking for our email so he can “share my exciting news with you soon”.
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We replied with our email and received a text message stating that Bowe “does not have any scheduled tour dates at this time” but promising to release his “new schedule for 2023 shortly”.
Apparently not everyone got the memo.
“I showed up at the Cape Cod church venue on November 6the at 7:10 p.m. and it was an empty parking lot (sic) and an empty building with all their lights out inside,” Phil Ryan commented on a still-active Facebook post from Premier Productions, the company selling tickets to the event. .
The “Joyful The Tour” website was still live at the time of publication, although the ticketing links were inactive.
The new song mentions “lose everything”
On Monday, Bowe reappeared on Instagram and job a new song, “Hold On”, which was written “for anyone who’s had (a) tough few months”. His 90-second piano ballad, which received more than 390,000 views in two days, mentions God four times and appears to reference Bowe’s recent struggles.
“Sometimes you have to lose everything to make room for bigger things,” Bowe sings. “But fight back with only your heart pointed at God.”
On her Instagram profile, responses to Bowe’s new song have been overwhelmingly positive.
Worship leader Kendrick Love wrote, “Glad you’re still up bro! Thank you for the encouragement and keep holding on!!
Another fan named Jessica Smith commented, “God has blessed you with immense talent and a beautifully wonderful voice. I know you’ve had a tough few months bro, but keep your head up and lean into the arms of our Dad.
However, an observer following the story, Simba Musonza, hinted in his comments to the singer’s lack of acknowledgment of past inappropriate behavior.
“When everyone is a victim, no one repents,” he wrote. “Express your repentance instead of your victimhood, for while he may rightly reject many of our sacrifices and offerings, God will never reject a broken, contrite, repentant heart.”
RTR contacted Bowe for comment but did not receive a response.
Details of “inconsistent” behavior remain vague
Neither Bowe nor Maverick City Music offered details about the “inconsistent” behavior that caused their breakup.
However, multiple YouTube and TikTok accounts shared a video of Bowe on a party bus, dancing and rapping lyrics to a sexually explicit song by rap artist Bad Bunny.
In a since-deleted post after leaving Maverick City Music, Bowe declared: “I sincerely apologize for the impact of my behavior and that it has offended many people on the platform that we share together.”
Bowe had been part of the cult band as a singer-songwriter since their 2018 debut album. In April, Maverick City Music’s “Old Church Basement” record won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Gospel Album and they performed live on telecast. In October, the worship group also won two GMA Dove awards.
Julie Roys contributed to this report.
Freelance journalist Josh Shepherd writes about faith, culture and public policy for multiple outlets electrical outlets. He and his wife live in the Washington, DC area with their two children.