18 famous former musicians who have regular jobs

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:


Rapper MC Hammer was ordained into the Church of God in Christ and became a pastor at the Jubilee Christian Center in San Jose.

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He told the Los Angeles Times that several “wake-up calls”, such as the bankruptcy and death of his friend Tupac Shakur, “sparked a rediscovery of the faith”.


After the failure of her second single, “I Wanna Be Bad” singer Willa Ford became a interior decorator.

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“A lot of people don’t realize it, but my second single came out on September 11, 2001,” she said. Billboard, “Everything that happened that day froze; the world stopped, as it should have. My second single didn’t go well because everything that was released that day has been canned. “


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.

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The guitarist told the the Wall Street newspaper, “My main focus is to look at existing technologies and try to see other ways to use them, which is happening all the time in music and is what terrorists are amazingly good at.


After leaving Chumbawamba, Alice Nutter became a playwright and screenwriter.

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She told the Guardian that she became a writer because “I had planned it, in my head, all my life.”


After leaving the Supremes, Cindy Birdsong pursued her childhood dream of becoming a nurse.

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She also worked as secretary and minister.


Rapper Vanilla Ice flips homes on DIY Network show The Vanilla Ice project.

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He has over 15 years of practical experience in the home improvement industry.


Russell Senior, who played guitar and violin at Pulp, became an antiquarian and novelist.

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He told The Guardian that he left the band because the label seemed to care more about the lead singer. Jarvis Cocker than the other members. He said: “I think the band was relieved, to be honest, because the atmosphere had become so poisonous – although treating my departure as if he had lost a plectrum was a little hurtful.”


After a motorcycle accident left him hospitalized for a month, Public Enemy DJ Terminator X moved to North Carolina to become a ostrich breeder.

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He was inspired by the ostrich farming boom in the UK after a fear of mad cow disease hit the country’s beef industry.


After leaving Faith No More, guitarist Jim Martin became a giant pumpkin farmer and competitive property manager.

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He told the East Bay Times, “Cultivate these [pumpkins] is not that different from what I used to do in music. If you want to be good you have to give him what he needs. “


After the split from the JLS boyband, JB Gill purchased a cultivate and started raising turkeys and pigs.

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He also taught young viewers about farm life and the outdoors on the UK show. Down in the farm.


Drummer Bill Berry left REM to become a hay farmer in Georgia.

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After two brain aneurysms caused him to collapse on stage in Switzerland, he decided he was ready to lead a calmer life.

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He first learned watchmaking from his grandfather, who was an antique dealer. He then won a scholarship to take a prestigious watchmaking course.


After leaving Sons and Daughters, bassist Ailidh Lennon moved to the Isle of Iona, off the Scottish coast, to become a weaver and chef.

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She said NME, “I’ve always been a frustrated art school type, so working with textiles was a given.”


After leaving the Rakes, singer Alan Donohoe became a software engineer.

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He said NME, “I loved writing music that people connected with, but this job offers an intellectual challenge that music lacked.”


Lloyd Dobbs, former Paddington bassist, is a director to the charitable organization Goodwin Development Trust.

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the organization works to improve the community in her hometown of Hull in the UK.

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She creates under the name of Miss Pokeno.


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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He said NME, “Being in the Temple Cooper Clause has been an amazing experience and we are still friends, but I don’t miss that because I prefer to be a positive influence in people’s lives.”


And finally, Elliot Lurie, the lead singer of Looking Glass, has become a music director at Twentieth Century Fox after a failed solo album.

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The “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” singer began her second career after moving to Los Angeles in 1984.

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