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San Juan, Mar 29 (EFE).- Salsa star Alex D'Castro and reggaeton's Hector "El Father" Delgado are some of the Puerto Rican artists who left fame and fortune behind to become Evangelical pastors.
D'Castro told Efe that his conversion came while he was enjoying popularity as a singer of such songs as "Perdido" and "Si No Fuera por Ti," but began to lose his voice because of problems with his vocal chords.
He fell into a depression that lasted several years, until on Nov. 5, 1995 a friend invited him to a church where he heard the Biblical verse "If you return to me, I will restore you."
It was then D'Castro decided to become a convert. He earned a doctoral degree in theology and founded the New Testament Church in San Juan.
Another artist who turned to religion is Hector "El Father" Delgado, in his time one of Puerto Rico's foremost exponents of reggaeton.
He burst onto the scene in 1996 as part of a duo with Tito "El Bambino."
The pair split up in 2004, but Hector went on to collaborate with reggaeton giants such as Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and Wisin & Yandel as well as with hip hop icon Jay Z.
At the height of his career, Delgado and his entourage were accused of starting a shootout in 2008 at a Puerto Rico gas station.
Months later he announced that he was dropping music to change his life radically, to take up more wholesome habits and "serve Christ."
"The guy lives in incredible peace. As a friend I tell him to forget about going back to music. He's a guy who has sacrificed and humbled himself for what he believes in," his friend and partner Javier Gomez told Efe.