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No Gimmick:
R. Kelly Is a New Man
The maestro of carnal music stuns many with his turn to Jesus



by Valerie Lowe

The R&B music industry is stunned  after hearing reports that R. Kelly,  one of secular music's most sexually explicit recording artists, has received Jesus Christ into 
his life. At a Chicago concert by popular gospel artist Kirk Franklin, an emotional Robert Kelly lifted his hands, bowed his head and said he has found Jesus Christ. "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired," said Kelly to thousands of concert-goers as reported by Ebony magazine. "I really want to get some things in my life right with the Lord."  Industry leaders say talk of Kelly's conversion has left some worried about the possibility of the multi-million-dollar music giant leaving secular music. 

"The music industry is in denial because to lose Kelly means to lose money," said an unidentified source.With his X-rated lyrics and suggestive performances, Kelly, 29, has sold millions of albums. Songs such as "Sex Me" and "I Believe I Can Fly"  have made Kelly one of the 
most sought after songwriter-producers in secular music. His confession of faith has sparked a wave of discussion within the I music industry, but despite his critics Kelly says he's not turning back  "Some may think "gimmick" but I tell you, here stands a broken man," remarked Kelly. "Every day I seem to be falling in love with the Lord. I used to be flying in sin, now I'm flying in Jesus"