Hi folks and happy resurrection day!!
Today it’s time for my promised easter special with a called Carman. This guy i think not many outside the churches have heard of so yes today it’s a real “church boy” i’m writing about. He was born as Carmelo Domenic Licciardello in January 19th, 1956 but he calls himself Carman, can see why much easier to pronounce lol.
As the name reveals he has some italian ancestry. He grew up in Trenton, New Jersey and played the drums in his mothers band before starting his own. When he was around 20 it was time to change coast, left the american west coast for the east one and California. He was not a Christian from the beginning but after attending a concert with the late Granpa of Gospel, my name, Andrae Crouch he became one and at the same time embraced evangelicalism.
He was discovered by a guy called Bill Gaither, a Christian singer and songwriter, and toured with Bill and his trio. Then after relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma he released his eponymous debut album thou later issued as Some-o-Dat, picture above. This album was moderately successful but things began to happen after his second album called Sunday’s On The Way which was a live recording. As his career began to take off he started a non profit organization, Carman Ministries. So in 1985 he got his first number 1 hit a song called The Champion from the album with the same name, picture below.
Between 1987 and 1989 he was named Charisma Magazine’s readers choice for favorite male artist. In 1990 and 1992 Billboard Magazine regonized Carman’s influence on the contemporary Christian music scene by naming the Contemporary Christian artist of the Year. He has received 15 gold and platinum albums and videos and has sold over 10 million albums. Carman holds the world record for the largest single Christian concerts in history with 80 000 attendees for Charlotte, North Carolina show and 71 132 indoors at Texas Stadium as well as the largest ticketed Conterporary Christian Music concert with 50 000 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Things haven’t always been great for Carman, in 2011 he was involved in a auto accident. He was on the passengers side on the way to venue for a concert when a truck from oncoming traffic struck his side in 50 mph about 80 kilometers per hour. Thou he mangaged to fulfill the concert but collapsed soon after. He was taken to hospital just outside Houston, Texas. While there he got examined and x-rayed thou no broken bones and spinal injuries were found. However there were internal injuries that required surgery.
On February 14th 2013 on a photo post both on his official and private Facebook page he revealed that he’d been diagnosed with myeloma and given about 3 to 4 more years to live. Unfortunately no one goes safe from cancer these days and it doesn’t matter if you’re Christian or not. He was hospitalized for chemotherapy treatments in 2013 but before that in late March same year he started a Kickstart campaign for a new album and video. He revealed plans for a big tour as well no less than 60 cities! You gotta keep your fighting spirtit up that’s for sure! His campaign was successful in only a few weeks he had manged to raise $230,000. Carman announced in early 2014 that the medical tests had indicated that his body was free of cancer. He is still planning for his big “Live Across America” album and tour.
So finally time for the song and the one i’ve choosed is called Sunday’s On The Way but not the earliest version no he made another live version on a album called Shakin’ The House – Live from 1991, picture below. The song is all about the Easter theme, how Christ died on the Friday and rose on the Sunday morning.