Herman Cain's 1996 gospel album released on web

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ATLANTA -- Followers of politics have come to know Herman Cain, the Republican presidential candidate. Now they can get to know Herman Cain, the recording artist.

His album, "Sunday Morning," was recently released on the Internet, courtesy of DraftCain.org, an independent group not affiliated with the campaign. According to Cain's campaign, the CD was originally released in 1996 by GLC Music, Selah Sound Production and Melodic Praise Records.

The 13-track gospel recording was posted about a month ago by Maurice Atkinson, the founder of DraftCain.org.

"It shows a whole different side of a person, their interests, and I thought it had some value, so I put it up on line," Atkinson said.

"He's got an incredible voice, you know," Atkinson added, "People hear about his speaking skills and his intellect; he's got some pretty good pipes in there."

The CD includes religious tracks like "Lord's Prayer," "I Must Tell Jesus," "Hallelujah Square" and "Precious Lord."

Also to be noted, the track "This Is The Day," was used by Cain as the musical intro for his radio show.

The former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio host is no stranger to the stage and is sometimes heard singing on the campaign trail.

But his Communications Director Ellen Carmichael said the campaign had nothing to do with the album's release.

"Our campaign never had an intention of promoting the music, as it is unaffiliated with our efforts to elect him president," Carmichael said.

Carmichael says Cain organized Gospel music concerts in the 1990s while he was running Godfather's Pizza, which is based in Omaha, Nebraska.

She says the concerts were with mixed choirs from African American and white congregations to try to bring unity to the community. Proceeds from four years worth of concerts and some from the CD went to the Edmonson Youth Outreach Center in Omaha. Cain is still on the board of directors.

(CNN contributed to this report.)

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