I imagine Hannah Montana was wrong about “best of both worlds”.
The fame and fortune that often comes with becoming great in music can change the lives of many people. However, the stress of constantly touring or being tied to a label isn’t always worth it, so some musicians end up stepping away from the spotlight to lead calmer lives.
Here are 18 former musicians who continued to have “regular” jobs:
After the failure of her second single, “I Wanna Be Bad” singer Willa Ford became a interior decorator.
Jeffrey Allen “Skunk” Baxter, founding member of Steely Dan, in recording technology led him to become a counterterrorism expert for the US Department of Defense.
Russell Senior, who played guitar and violin at Pulp, became an antiquarian and novelist.
After a motorcycle accident left him hospitalized for a month, Public Enemy DJ Terminator X moved to North Carolina to become a ostrich breeder.
After leaving Faith No More, guitarist Jim Martin became a giant pumpkin farmer and competitive property manager.
After the split from the JLS boyband, JB Gill purchased a cultivate and started raising turkeys and pigs.
After leaving Sons and Daughters, bassist Ailidh Lennon moved to the Isle of Iona, off the Scottish coast, to become a weaver and chef.
Lloyd Dobbs, former Paddington bassist, is a director to the charitable organization Goodwin Development Trust.
Singer and guitarist Benedict Gautrey left the Cooper Temple Clause to pursue studies in occupational psychology and is now working at Great Place to Work UK.
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