Grammy award-winning gospel singer Dante Bowe released a statement late Wednesday night (Sept. 29) apologizing for his behavior, which led to Maverick City Music “pausing” their professional relationship with him.
Maverick City Music announced on Tuesday (Sept. 27) that “due to behavior that is inconsistent with our core values and beliefs, we have decided to put a pause on our professional relationship with Dante Bowe. Decisions like these are not easy because of the level of nuance, both professionally and personally, but we felt it necessary to address.”
Dante Bowe Releases Statement
Bowe released his statement on Instagram, which he switched to private earlier this week after sharing he was taking a break from social media. Bowe’s account was subsequently changed back to a public account, so those who weren’t following him could see his apology.
“This platform of success I enjoy is a blessing that is both gifted to me and shared with YOU, my faith community, family, friends, supporters and fellow artists,” Bowe’s message read.
Referencing his recent online behavior, which has been the subject of criticism, Bowe wrote, “I sincerely apologize for the impact of my behavior and that it has offended many people on the platform we share together. This experience has been a very real reminder of the importance of being incredibly intentional with how I utilize and engage with the tools social platforms provide.”
“Throughout this process, I have received wise counsel which influenced my decision to take a step back and reflect about my actions so that I may recommit to living in the purpose God has for my life,” Bowe went on to say.
Bowe concluded, “I want to say thank you to Maverick City Music for their continued support now and always. Throughout this process they have remained by my side and for that I am truly grateful.”
Bowe’s apology has received thousands of supportive comments, including one from the daughter of Hillsong Church’s former Global Senior Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, Laura Toggs, who said, “You’re altogether wonderful Dante. Thank you for sharing your humanity with us. You didn’t have to. Your songs have blessed so many. No shame nor judgment. Just real, beautiful, compassionate grace, mercy and kindness from a God that has been SO gracious to us hey. Keep your head held high and stay away from the noise. Your best song is yet to be sung.”