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I was a nineties boyband heartthrob but quit fame for a very different career | The Sun

A NINETIES boyband heartthrob quit fame for a very different career and decided to found a ministry.

Kevin Thornton became a global super star, thanks to being in the boyband Color Me Badd.

The band consisted of lead singer Bryan Abrams, tenor Mark Calderon, second tenor Sam Watters and baritone Kevin.

But it was in October 1998 that Kevin decided to pursue a Christian ministry and he became a licensed minister.

The star, now 54, has since served as an evangelist, youth pastor, and worship leader.

Kevin has taken on these roles at his home church, which is Without Walls Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

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But he didn’t quit music for good, and in 2008 Kevin released a solo album named Conversions, which blended contemporary hip-hop/rap with gospel and soul music.

The RnB band was formed in 1985 and saw success with hits All 4 Love, I Wanna Sex You Up and I Adore Mi Amor.

In 2010, Color Me Badd reunited as a duo but their comeback was marred in 2018 when Bryan Abrams, believed to be under the influence of booze, pushed bandmate Mark Calderon live on stage.

Kevin’s bandmate Bryan Abrams, now 53, was the lead singer of Oklahoma City-based group, Color Me Badd.

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Yet they first split in 1998, when Bryan's alcohol problems began to emerge.

After becoming reliant on booze, he then developed an addition to opioids back in 1992.

Bryan released a documentary on his battles, entitled Flowers In The Attic: The Bryan Abrams Story.

He told his documentary: "I believe that a person can get sober, stop doing drugs, when they are really ready to.

"I used the excuse, and it is kind of an excuse, for years that, 'Well, I'm an alcoholic. I can't get sober.' Yes, you can.

"But it's going to happen when you've heard enough … and you want some change and you're ready to apply yourself and do whatever it takes."

He added to his show: "When I made the decision to get sober, I knew that when I went to treatment, I had to make it count."

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