Carman (singer)

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Background information
Birth name Carmelo Domenic Licciardello
Born (1956-01-19) January 19, 1956 (age 61)
Trenton, New Jersey
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1982–present

Carmelo Domenic Licciardello (born January 19, 1956) known by his stage name, Carman, is a contemporary Christian music singer, songwriter, rapper, television show host, actor, dancer, 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, a string of CCM chart successes started, beginning with the title song. As he continued his music career, Carman established the nonprofit 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 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 such as "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 some new ones.[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 concert in history. He was the main act in August 1993 in Johannesburg, South Africa with more than 50,000 in attendance,[4] and he performed at Texas Stadium[when?] with 71,132 attendees.[1][3]

Beyond music, he participates in various television productions and interview duties as a host for both the Trinity Broadcasting Network in general and its flagship program Praise the Lord.[5] In 2001, Carman starred in the film Carman: The Champion.[1][6]

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 miles per hour (80 km/h). 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 Houston, where he was examined and x-rayed. No broken bones or spinal injuries were found. However, internal injuries were found that required surgery.[7]

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.[8]

In late March 2013, Carman announced a Kickstarter campaign for a new album and music video. A short time later, he announced an upcoming 60-city tour, as well, additionally noting that the online fundraising campaign had raised more than $230,000 within several weeks.[9] As of December 2013, Carman had been in the hospital receiving chemotherapy treatments.[10] By early 2014 however, Carman announced that medical tests had indicated that his body was free of cancer. He planned to continue preparing for his Live Across America album and tour.[11]

In January 2015 Carman attributed his successful recovery to the "commitment" he had made to his Facebook and Kickstarter supporters to begin his "No Plan B Tour" as soon as he regained his health.[12] As of the fall of 2015, Carman was touring the eastern United States.[12]


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
  • 1996: 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 videos[edit]

Long form[edit]

  • 1985: Comin' On Strong Live
  • 1988: Carman Live...Radically Saved
  • 1990: Revival In the Land
  • 1992: 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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
1987 Best Gospel Performance – Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus "Our Blessed Saviour Has Come" (with CeCe Winans)[13] Nominated
1992 Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album Shakin' the House...Live (with Commissioned with the Christ Church Choir) Nominated
1993 Addicted to Jesus Nominated
1999 Mission 3:16 Nominated
GMA Dove Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
1989 Long Form Music Video of the Year Live: Radically Saved Won
1991 Long Form Video of the Year Revival In The Land Won
1991 Short Form Video of the Year "Revival In The Land" Won
1993 Long Form Video of the Year Addicted To Jesus Won
1995 Children's Music Album of the Year Yo! Kidz! 2: The Armor Of God Won
1996 Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year "R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)" Won
1999 Long Form Music Video of the Year Mission 3:16 The Video Nominated


  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. ^ van Jaarsveld, Ingrid. "Christene laat dak lig vir vrede 50 000 op Wanderers vir grootste vredesbyeenkoms nog in SA" [Christians Raise the Roof for Peace: 50,000 at Wanderers] (in Afrikaans). Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ Dunn, Patrick (February 25, 2005). "Christian Artist Carman Keeps Up With the Times". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  6. ^ Cling, Carol (March 2, 2001). "Opening This week". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Carman In Car Accident". All Access Music Group. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Carman Licciardello". Facebook. 
  9. ^ "Carman Announces 60-City Tour After Raising More Than $200K on Kickstarter". Christian Post. 
  10. ^ "Carman Cancer Update: Singer Enters Second Round of Chemo Treatments, 'I've Never Been as Optimistic in My Life'". BREATHEcast. 
  11. ^ "After Fears, Carman Tells Fans He's Cancer Free". 
  12. ^ a b "Concerts, events, concert, festival & conference tickets". 
  13. ^ "Grammy Awards 1987". 

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