Three days after Maverick City Music (MCM) announced they were "pausing" their professional relationship with Grammy-winning Gospel artist Dante Bowe due to "behaviour" that was "inconsistent with our core values and beliefs" the artist made a public apology.
Bowe initially made his Instagram account private after Maverick's announcement earlier this week. Several media outlets, including Christian Post, have shared that Bowe made a statement Friday on his Instagram which is once again public. However, the post has since been removed.
The Post quotes Bowe as saying “I sincerely apologize for the impact of my behaviour 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.”
The behaviour in question includes a video Bowe had posted of him and another member of MCM on a party bus dancing and singing along with Bad Bunny song. Julie Roys of the Roys Report says, "Bad Bunny is a popular singer whose lyrics are sexually graphic and violent. The secular performer made headlines a couple months ago for kissing a male dancer during a live MTV Video Music Awards."
"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."
It's not clear at this time why Bowe may have removed the apology, or if the removal was intentional. His Instagram account is still public at the time of this writing. His website only includes upcoming concert dates and a promotional video for the tour.
The Post also quotes Bowe's apology as saying, "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. 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."
In MCM's initial post they asked fans to be in prayer for Bowe and them, and pledged to support him through his faith journey and life. "Dante is a brother in Christ and as such he has our full commitment and unwavering support as he continues to navigate his path forward."
That's something Bowe reportedly said he was grateful for in his statement. "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."
ChurchLeaders.com has posted a screenshot of the post which was grabbed before it was taken down.
Bowe is set to kick off a tour of the U.S.A. at the end of October. He has enjoyed success in recent years with not only his songs with MCM but his own solo projects, including his song 'Joyful' which was nominated for a Grammy. He won a Grammy earlier this year for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album with MCM's Old Church Basement.
Before the success he had experienced plenty of hardships including living out of his car for a season.