Carman (singer)

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This article is about the singer. For the mythological goddess, see Carman.
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Background information
Birth name Carmelo Domenic Licciardello
Born (1956-01-19) January 19, 1956 (age 59)
Trenton, New Jersey
Genres Christian, contemporary Christian, Gospel, praise and worship, Christian rap
Occupation(s) Evangelist, singer, songwriter, rapper,[1] television show host, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums
Years active 1982–present
Labels Klesis, Priority, Myrrh, Word, Benson, Sparrow, Tyscot

Carmelo Domenic Licciardello (born January 19, 1956) known by his stage name, Carman, is a contemporary Christian music artist and evangelist.


Carman was born in Trenton, New Jersey.[1] As a child he played drums in his mother's band. Then as a teen he formed his own group. Around the age of 20, he moved to California.

While attending an Andraé Crouch concert, Carman became a born again Christian, and embraced evangelicalism. In 1980, he made a custom album titled God's Not Finished with Me. The following year, he was invited by Bill Gaither to tour with The Bill Gaither Trio.[2] After relocating to Tulsa, Oklahoma, he released a moderately successful eponymous debut album (later issued as Some-o-Dat)[1] in 1982[3]—which contained mostly novelty songs. Then with the release of the live album Sunday's On The Way in 1983, began a string of CCM chart successes beginning with the title song. As he continued his music career, Carman established the non-profit organization Carman Ministries.[1] With the 1985 release of The Champion came his first number one song, of the same name. Another live album—Radically Saved—came in 1988. Then 1989 brought Carman his first number one album—Revival in the Land.

Between 1987 and 1989, he was named Charisma magazine's readers' choice for favorite male vocalist.[3] In 1990 and 1992, Billboard Magazine recognized Carman's influence in Christian music by naming him the Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year and in 1995 he recorded his first album in Spanish-Lo Mejor-which includes some of the already recorded songs like Who's in the House and The River. In 2000 the album Heart of a Champion came out with 30 of his best songs including new songs.[3] In 2007 he updated his catalog with Instrument Of Praise.

Carman has received 15 gold and platinum albums and videos and has sold over 10 million records. He holds the world record for the largest single Christian concerts in history with 80,000 attendees for a Charlotte, North Carolina show, and 71,132 indoors at Texas Stadium,[1] as well as the largest ticketed CCM concert with 50,000 in Johannesburg, South Africa.[3]

Beyond music, he participates in various television productions and interview duties as a host for both the Trinity Broadcasting Network in general and flagship program Praise the Lord.[4] In 2001, Carman starred in the film Carman: The Champion.[1][5]

In November 2011, Carman was involved in an auto accident. He was in the passenger seat when the driver made a left into the church parking lot in front of a crowd of fans waiting to get into the concert. A truck from oncoming traffic struck Carman's side at 50 mph. Carman was able to walk into the church attempting to continue with the scheduled concert, but collapsed soon after. He was taken to a hospital just outside of Houston, Texas, where he was examined and x-rayed. No broken bones or spinal injuries were found. However there were internal injuries that required surgery.[6]

In a photo post made on both his official and personal Facebook accounts on February 14, 2013, Carman revealed that he had been diagnosed with myeloma and given a prognosis of only three to four more years to live.[7]

In late March 2013, Carman announced a Kickstarter campaign for a new album and music video. A short time later, he announced an upcoming sixty-city tour as well, additionally noting that the online fundraising campaign had raised more than $230,000 within several weeks.[8] As of December 2013, Carman had been in the hospital receiving chemotherapy treatments.[9] By early 2014 however, Carman announced that medical tests had indicated that his body was free of cancer. He plans to continue preparing for his "Live Across America" album and tour.[10]

On November 4, 2014, his mother, Nancy Licciardello, was rushed into the emergency room having suffered from breathing issues and refused an operation to unblock her arties.[11]


Main article: Carman discography

Selected list

  • 1980: God's Not Finished with Me
  • 1982: Some-o-Dat aka Carman
  • 1983: Sunday's On the Way
  • 1984: Comin' On Strong
  • 1985: The Champion
  • 1986: A Long Time a Land Called Bethlehem
  • 1988: Live: Radically Saved
  • 1989: Revival in the Land
  • 1991: Shakin' The House Live
  • 1992: Addicted to Jesus
  • 1992: Yo Kidz!: Heroes, Stories, and Songs from the Bible
  • 1993: Yo Kidz!: Lawrence the Kat and the B. Attitudes
  • 1993: The Standard
  • 1994: Yo Kidz! 2: The Armor of God
  • 1995: Lo Mejor
  • 1995: Christmas With Carman
  • 1995: R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)
  • 1996: Yo Kidz!: Lawrence the Kat and the Bible
  • 1997: I Surrender All: 30 Classic Hymns
  • 1998: Mission 3:16
  • 1999: Passion for Praise, Vol. 1
  • 2000: Heart of a Champion
  • 2002: House of Praise
  • 2007: Instrument of Praise
  • 2014: No Plan B


Movies and television[edit]

  • 1989: Carman: Celebrate Jesus TBN Special
  • 1992: Commander Kellie and the Superkids: The Intruder as Young Singer Named Mario
  • 1995–97: Time 2 – variety series on TBN
  • 1995: R.I.O.T.: The Movie as Victor Rizzo
  • 1997: Carman's Classic Hymns Special TBN Special
  • 1998: Carman Halloween 3:16 TBN Special
  • 2001: Carman the Champion as Orlando Leone
  • 2003: Bobby Jones Gospel; one episode
  • 2007: Carman's Reality Check – variety series on TBN (also writer and producer)
  • 2009: The Book of Ruth: Journey of Faith as Boaz
  • 2010: Changing Hands as Frankie
  • 2013: Final: The Rapture as Frankie

Music Video[edit]

Long form[edit]

  • 1984: Comin' On Strong Live
  • 1988: Carman Live...Radically Saved
  • 1990: Revival In the Land
  • 1991: Addicted To Jesus
  • 1993: The Standard
  • 1994: Carman Yo Kidz!: The Vidz
  • 1995: Raising the Standard: LIVE
  • 1998: The Absolute Best Videos
  • 1998: Mission 3:16: The Video
  • 2001: Carman In Concert: One Night Only
  • 2003: Carman: House of Praise – Live

Short form[edit]

  • "A Little Bit More Conviction" from The Champion
  • "I Got the Joy" featuring Carlton Pearson from Revival In the Land
  • "A Witch's Invitation" from Revival In the Land
  • "The Resurrection Rap" from Revival In the Land
  • "Revival In the Land" from Revival In the Land
  • "Our Turn Now" featuring Petra from Addicted to Jesus
  • "Satan, Bite the Dust" from Addicted to Jesus
  • "1955" from Addicted to Jesus
  • "Addicted to Jesus" featuring dc Talk from Addicted to Jesus
  • "Who's In the House" from The Standard
  • "Great God" from The Standard
  • "Sunday School Rock" from The Standard
  • "Holdin' On" featuring Margaret Becker from The Standard
  • "America Again" from The Standard
  • "Serve the Lord" featuring David Foster on Piano from The Absolute Best
  • "Meant for This Moment" featuring Helen Baylor from Yo Kidz! 2: The Armor of God
  • "God Is Exalted" from R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)
  • "R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)" from R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)
  • "My Story" from R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)
  • "No Monsters" from R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)
  • "7 Ways 2 Praise" from R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)
  • "Step of Faith" featuring Ricky Skaggs from R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)
  • "There Is a God" from R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)
  • "Amen" from R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)
  • "Mission 3:16" from Mission 3:16
  • "Jesus Is the Lamb" from Mission 3:16
  • "The Courtroom" from Mission 3:16
  • "We Are Not Ashamed" from Mission 3:16
  • "The Prayer Anthem" from Mission 3:16
  • "Slam" from Mission 3:16
  • "Faith Enough" from Heart of a Champion
  • "The Flag" from Anthems of a Champion


GMA Dove Awards[edit]

  • 1989: Long Form Music Video of the Year for Live: Radically Saved
  • 1991: Long Form Video of the Year for Revival In The Land
  • 1991: Short Form Video of the Year for "Revival In The Land"
  • 1993: Children's Music Album of the Year for Yo Kidz!
  • 1993: Long Form Video of the Year for Addicted To Jesus
  • 1995: Children's Music Album of the Year: Yo! Kidz! 2: The Armor Of God
  • 1996: Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year for "R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)"

Grammy nominations[edit]

  • 1987: Best Gospel Performance – Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus for "Our Blessed Saviour Has Come" (with CeCe Winans)[12]
  • 1992: Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: Carman and Commissioned with the Christ Church Choir – Shakin' the House...Live
  • 1993: Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: Addicted to Jesus
  • 1999: Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: Mission 3:16


  1. ^ a b c d e f Alfonso, Barry (2002). The Billboard guide to Contemporary Christian Music. New York: Billboard Books. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-8230-7718-2. 
  2. ^ Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 141–143. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  3. ^ a b c d Ankeny, Jason. "Carman – Biography". Allmusic (Macrovision Corporation). Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  4. ^ Dunn, Patrick (February 25, 2005). "Christian Artist Carman Keeps Up With the Times". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  5. ^ Cling, Carol (March 2, 2001). "Opening This week". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Carman In Car Accident". All Access Music Group. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Carman Licciardello". Facebook. 
  8. ^ "Carman Announces 60-City Tour After Raising More Than $200K on Kickstarter". Christian Post. 
  9. ^ "Carman Cancer Update: Singer Enters Second Round of Chemo Treatments, 'I've Never Been as Optimistic in My Life'". BREATHEcast. 
  10. ^ "After Fears, Carman Tells Fans He's Cancer Free". 
  11. ^ "Carman Licciardello Asks Fans to Pray for Ailing Mother - AM 1310: The Light". AM 1310: The Light. 
  12. ^ "Grammy Awards 1987". 

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