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Puerto Rican Music Stars Scorn Fame to Become Pastors
SAN JUAN – 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.”
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.
later he announced that he was dropping music to change his life
radically, to take up more wholesome habits and “serve Christ.”
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.