Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Former rock star now sings praise of God

The Associated Press

        OWENSBORO — Denise Matthews, a former sidekick to the pop musician Prince, recalled an abusive childhood and years of cocaine abuse in an hour-long sermon that enlivened a church crowd here Sunday.

        Ms. Matthews, 42, was known as Vanity while in Prince's band in the 1980s. She cut four solo albums and appeared in 17 movies, but said she wasn't happy until she recently found God.

        “I have learned now how to be abased, to suffer need,” Ms. Matthews told the packed crowd at Owensboro's Church Alive. “I've learned these things through Christ.”

        She now travels to churches across the country, preaching and urging others to turn to religion to overcome their problems.


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