Todd Dulaney spoke with EBONY about his bold career change, having immeasurable faith and why fellow athlete Tim Tebow is the poster boy for Christian piety. The former second baseman grew up singing but knew he wanted to become a star baseball player. In 2002, his wish came true when he was drafted by the New York Mets for their minor league team. After playing professionally for five years, he decided to jump into a gospel career. While Dulaney, 32, said that the two industries are much alike in terms of performing and media, it was difficult getting everyone else on board with his plans. “The hard part was getting everybody to see and believe that leaving baseball was a good decision,” he said. “You know in America gospel music is like, ‘OK, you guys aren’t Beyoncé.’ So, convincing my family that singing what I love and doing what I love is more important than the money aspect of everything.” The 32-year-old also spoke about what it’s like as a Christian in a locker room environment, which is often viewed as problematic, by highlighting the open-heartedness of a player like Tebow. “You can’t really separate your faith from who you are,” Dulaney said. “It’s not just something that Tim Tebow does. It’s not like he gets up on Sundays and now he’s a Christian. This is who he is at all times.” He continued, “We just have to learn how to co-exist and learn how to be able to walk amongst each other, even though we may not all believe the same things. In a locker room, yeah, it can be difficult. It’s a lot going on in a locker room and a lot of people that believe a lot of things but it’s no different than any other job.” According to the Grammy-nominated singer, the beauty of America is the access it gives to diverse groups of people, and still have the ability to “demonstrate your belief by just walking it out.” Watch the full clip above to hear what advice Dulaney has for spiritual cynics who are frustrated over the evil in today’s world. His latest album, To Africa With Love, is now available on all streaming platforms.