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Shyne gets his hair cut in a barber shop in the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Mea Sharim in Jerusalem, November 12, 2010.

The New York Times recently revealed that rapper Shyne has changed his name to Moses Levi and has been living as an Orthodox Jew in Jerusalem since his release from prison last year. Shyne has been interested in Judaism since he was 13, but it was only while he was in prison that he started studying with a rabbi and observing Jewish law. But he's only the most recent in a long line of musicians to change religions — and radically change their careers. Here's a look at 10 of them.

 

By Andy Greene

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Jermaine Jackson

Jermaine Jackson with Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Khalifa in Bahrain, January 6, 2004.

Like his brothers, Jermaine Jackon was raised a devout Jehovah's Witness. A trip to Bahrain in 1989 changed that. "There I happened to meet some children and had a light chitchat with them," Jackson said in 1999. "I put certain questions to them and they flung at me their innocent queries. During the course of this interaction, they inquired about my religion. I told them, 'I am a Christian.' I asked them, as to what was their religion? A wave of serenity took over them. They replied in one voice 'Islam.' Their enthusiastic answer really shook me from within."He's been a devout Muslim ever since, though he's been unable to convert any members of his family.

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Cat Stevens

Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, visits London's Central Mosque, September 21, 2001.

Cat Stevens was near the height of his career when he nearly drowned off the coast of Malibu in 1976. After shouting for God to save him, a wave washed him ashore. Soon afterwards his brother gave him a copy of the Qur'an, and he became a devout Muslim. Stevens changed his name to Yusuf Islam and completely abandoned his music career. He was largely off the cultural radar until 1989, when he reportedly endorsed the fatwa against Salman Rushdie. He later vehemently denied the charges, but the accusations have severely damaged his reputation every since. In 2006 he returned to secular music and even performed a handful of concerts.

 

By   Andy Greene

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