I was one of the Nineties’ top stars and sold 50million records before becoming a preacher – I’ve even married celebs | The Sun
A TOP Nineties star has switched music success and millions of record sales for a life spent serving God.
Rapper MC Hammer, 61, rocketed to fame in the decade with hits 2 Legit 2 Quit and U Can't Touch This.
Yet the California-born star, real name Stanley Kirk Burrell, traded in huge notoriety after being subject to a spiritual awakening.
He always kept religion close to his music career with tracks like Pray and even telling fans how his stage name MC stood for Man Of Christ.
Yet after becoming bankrupt in the mid-nineties, life changed.
He re-dedicated his life to God and became ordained in the Church Of God In Christ after the death of his pal Tupac.
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At the time, he told the Los Angeles Times: "Whether the bankruptcy played any role in my refocusing, that’s great.
"Hallelujah, I hope it did.
"But the most important part of what occurred to me was love, missing the love of God in the way that I had known it."
He then used his new position to help his celebrity pals.
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The star officiated the wedding of Motley Crue star Vince Neil as well as Lost Boys frontman Corey Feldman.
Meanwhile, away from his career, MC Hammer recently praised groundbreaking research into Alzheimers.
We recently revealed how fellow nineties star – Damage vocalist Jade Jones, 44 – traded in his music success for a new career as a chef.
He is married to Spice Girl Emma Bunton, 47.
The R&B group sold more than 2.6million records worldwide with singles such as Wonderful Tonight, which reached number three in the UK charts.
Yet he swapped the stage for the kitchen, becoming a chef, going onto work at five-star hotel Claridge's.
Meanwhile, a UK rocker switched jobs completely to become an psychologist.
Simon Rowbottom found fame in top alternative rock band The Boo Radleys in the 1990s alongside Steve Hewitt, Tim Brown, Martin Carr, Rob Harrison and Rob Cieka.
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What's more, Simon is not the only member of the Wallasey-based group to return to a normal career.
Bassist Tim Brown quit fame to become an IT teacher in Northern Ireland.
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