Carman (singer)

Carman in 2010
Carman in 2010
Background information
Birth nameCarmelo Domenic Licciardello
Born(1956-01-19)January 19, 1956
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedFebruary 16, 2021(2021-02-16) (aged 65)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1982–2021

Carmelo Domenic Licciardello (January 19, 1956 – February 16, 2021), known by his stage name Carman, was an American contemporary Christian music singer, songwriter, television host, life coach,[1] and evangelist.

Early life

An Italian American, Carman was born in Trenton, New Jersey.[2] As a child he performed in his mother's band; as a teen, he found some success performing at casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[3]

While attending an Andraé Crouch concert, he became a born again Christian, and embraced evangelical Christianity.[3][4]


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.[5]

After relocating to Tulsa, Oklahoma, he released a moderately successful eponymous debut album (later issued as Some-o-Dat)[2] in 1982[6]—which contained mostly novelty songs. Then, with the release of the album Sunday's on the Way in 1983, a string of contemporary Christian music chart successes started, beginning with the title song. As he continued his music career, he established the nonprofit organization Carman Ministries.[2] With the 1985 release of The Champion came his first number-one song, of the same name. His first number one album on Christian charts, Revival in the Land, followed in 1989.[3]

Between 1987 and 1989, he was named Charisma magazine's readers' choice for favorite male vocalist.[6] In 1990 and 1992, Billboard named him the Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year.[3] In 1995, he translated some of his songs into and released his first Spanish-language album, Lo Mejor. Heart of a Champion, a 30-song retrospective was released in 2000.[6]

He was nominated for four Grammys and sold over 10 million records.[3] It is believed he holds the world record for the largest single Christian concert in history.[3] In the first, he was the main act in August 1993 in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 50,000 in attendance.[7] The following year he performed a free concert at Texas Stadium October 22, 1994, with 71,132 attendees,[2][6] and 80,000 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[8]

Beyond his music career, he participated 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.[9] In 2001, he starred in the film Carman: The Champion.[2][10]

In late March 2013, he 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.[11]

Personal life

In November 2011, Carman was the passenger in a car that was struck by a truck from oncoming traffic. The accident took place just outside the church where his appearance was scheduled. He performed the concert, but collapsed afterward and required surgery to repair internal injuries.[12]

He began battling cancer, multiple myeloma, in 2013, and he was given a prognosis of three to four years to live.[13][14] By early 2014, he said, medical tests indicated his body was free of cancer. He then continued preparing for his Live Across America album and tour.[15] When the cancer went into remission, he attributed his healing to the faith of his fans.[3] He pledged to his Facebook and Kickstarter supporters to begin his "No Plan B Tour" as soon as he regained his health.[16] Later that year he toured the eastern United States.[16]

In December 2017, at the age of 61, he married Dana Morrow. His new family included six stepchildren and nine step-grandchildren.[17]

In January 2020, he announced his cancer had returned.[18] He resumed live concert church tours in June 2020.[19]


Carman died on February 16, 2021, at a Las Vegas, Nevada, hospital after a series of complications resulting from surgery to repair a hiatal hernia, 28 days after his 65th birthday.[3][20]

Discography and filmography

Source(s): [21][22][additional citation(s) needed]

Selected list

  • 1980: God's Not Finished with Me
  • 1982: Some-o-Dat a.k.a. Carman
  • 1983: Sunday's on the Way
  • 1984: Comin' On Strong
  • 1985: The Champion
  • 1986: A Long Time a Land Called Bethlehem
  • 1988: Carman 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! Vol. 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
  • 2017: Legacy

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1987 Best Gospel Performance – Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus "Our Blessed Saviour Has Come" (with CeCe Winans) Nominated [23]
1992 Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album Shakin' the House...Live (with Commissioned with the Christ Church Choir) Nominated [24]
1993 Addicted to Jesus Nominated [24]
1999 Mission 3:16 Nominated [24]
GMA Dove Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1989 Long Form Music Video of the Year Carman Live: Radically Saved Won [25]
1991 Long Form Video of the Year Revival in the Land Won [25]
1991 Short Form Video of the Year "Revival in the Land" Won [25]
1993 Long Form Video of the Year Addicted To Jesus Won [25]
1995 Children's Music Album of the Year Yo! Kidz! 2: The Armor Of God Won [25]
1996 Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year "R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)" Won [25]
1999 Long Form Music Video of the Year Mission 3:16: The Video Nominated [26]

Carman was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018.[27]


  1. ^ Law, Jeannie (April 14, 2017). "Carman Licciardello Cancer Update: Singer Fulfills Dream of Becoming Life Coach Before Upcoming Tumor Surgery". The Christian Post. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Alfonso, Barry (2002). The Billboard guide to Contemporary Christian Music. New York: Billboard Books. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-8230-7718-2.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Silliman, Daniel. "Died: Carman, Christian Showman Who Believed in Celebrity and Spectacle for Jesus". Christianity Today. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  4. ^ Daniels, Lisa (October 30, 1992). "Carman is Born (Again) to Boogie". Daily Press.
  5. ^ Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 141–43. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.
  6. ^ a b c d Ankeny, Jason. "Carman – Biography". Allmusic (Macrovision Corporation). Retrieved December 9, 2009.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Christian Music Pioneer Carman Dies Due to Complications from Surgery". February 17, 2021. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  9. ^ Dunn, Patrick (February 25, 2005). "Christian Artist Carman Keeps Up With the Times". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved December 9, 2009.
  10. ^ Cling, Carol (March 2, 2001). "Opening This week". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved December 9, 2009.
  11. ^ "Carman Announces 60-City Tour After Raising More Than $200K on Kickstarter". Christian Post.
  12. ^ "Carman in Car Accident". All Access Music Group. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  13. ^ "Carman Licciardello". Facebook.
  14. ^ "Carman Cancer Update: Singer Enters Second Round of Chemo Treatments, 'I've Never Been as Optimistic in My Life'". BREATHEcast.
  15. ^ "After Fears, Carman Tells Fans He's Cancer Free".
  16. ^ a b "Concerts, events, concert, festival & conference tickets".
  17. ^ Law, Jeannie (December 19, 2017). "'Proverbial Bachelor' and Christian Star Carman Licciardello Finally Gets Married at 61". The Christian Post. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  18. ^ "'I Still Trust God': Christian Singer Carman's Birthday Wish After Cancer Returns". CBN News. January 17, 2020. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  19. ^ "Carman Licciardello". Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  20. ^ "GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Member, CARMAN, Iconic CCM Trailblazer, Dies at Las Vegas Hospital". Conduit Media Solutions. February 16, 2021.
  21. ^ "Carman Discography". Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  22. ^ "Carman". Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  23. ^ "Grammy Award Nominees 1987 - Grammy Award Winners 1987". Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  24. ^ a b c "Carman". The Recording Academy. November 23, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  25. ^ a b c d e f "Past Winners". Gospel Music Association. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  26. ^ "1999 Dove Award Nominees and Winners".
  27. ^ "Carman". Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 5, 2018.

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