Carman Domenic Licciardello
Carman Domenic Licciardello
is an enigma in Christian music, often described as part evangelist, part Vegas Showman.
concerts were more like a rock and roll Billy Graham Crusade than a Christian music event.
After all the singing, dancing, clapping and preaching, throngs of people would stream down to the counseling area to accept Christ-many times as many as 5,000 in an evening.
Admission was usually free, a simple offering taken, similar to 30,000 churches on Sunday mornings.
filled the largest stadiums the world over.
In fact, Carman
holds the record for the largest Christian concert ever in Dallas, Texas.
But it even goes beyond that.
If you take the Mega Stadium acts that played the famed landmark such as Pink Floyd, U 2, Madonna, The Jackson Five, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks and even Metallic, you'll see that, as the newspapers noted, the one act that drew the highest attendance in Texas Stadium was Carman
, with 71,132.
With compositions like "Sunday's on the Way", "The Champion", "Lazarus Come Forth", "Revival in the Land", "Witches Invitation", "This Blood" and even "The Courtroom", simply put, Carman
is a true American original.
As a boy, Carman
played the drums at 5, the guitar at 15 and he
began singing at 16.
aggressive, spitfire nature landed him in Bordentown Military Institute
for two years.
talents developed, Carman
studied acting at the Abbey Playhouse in Philadelphia.
Still under aged, he
played the club circuit starting in Atlantic City, then throughout New Jersey and Philadelphia clubs.
Soon following, Carman
was approached by a Capo in the real life Sopranos The DeCalvcante' Crime Family to 'represent his
interests and help his
career', only to say, "I'll decide when I get back from Vegas.
1973 green Chevy Vega, Carman
drove off to begin his
In this short season of time, Carman
attended an Andrae Crouch concert and was so moved that he
became a Christian, enraging those left behind waiting on a decision.
Music, Ministry, Achievements and Accolades:
first LP, "God's not finished with me", which garnered the attention of CBS
, following in 1982 with the "Some-O-Dat" LP.
A string of CCM chart successes began with his
song "Sunday's On the Way" from the live album of the same name in 1983.
Soon after, he
would establish two major non-Profit organizations.
Carman Ministries and Carman World Outreach.
Between 1987 and 1989 Carman
was named Charisma Magazine's
Readers' Choice for the first "Favorite Male Vocalist of the Year.
In 1990 Billboard Magazine
influence in Christian music by naming him the first "Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year.
has received 15 gold and platinum albums and videos and has sold over 10 million records.
holds other attendances records for the largest solo Christian concerts in history with: 80,000 outdoors in Charlotte, North Carolina and 50,000 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
still remains the only Christian "stadium act" ever.
had the Longest #1 Record on Billboard CCM sales chart at 33 weeks.
"Champion" record stayed on the Billboard overall sales charts for a record 168 weeks!
has also has written songs for several motion pictures including The Prince of Egypt
and the documentary Jesus Camp.
had the largest TV audience for any solo Christian Music event on Halloween in 1999 which produced the largest alter call ever--over 70,000 people committing their lives to Christ.
In concert he
has seen a million walk down the isle for salvation.
collected the most names on a petition in American history by any individual--1 million signatures for a constitutional amendment favoring prayer in public school.
In 1997 Carman
acted in and wrote the Movie R.I.O.T.
He trained for the fight scenes with U.F.C. founder Rorion Gracie and 3-time U.F.C Champion Royce Gracie.
In 2001, Carman starred in and wrote the full-length film The Champion, preparing for 6 months with boxing famed coach Terry Claybon, "The Hurricane" and renowned acting coach Ivana Chubbuck, who also played the roll of Boaz in the 2008 production of Ruth and recently the role of Frankie, the psychotic truck driver, in The Gun scheduled for a 2009 release.
It's no surprise that Carman is the co-founder of the Parable Christian Film Festival and received the Humanitarian Award.
Currently in development, Carman
is bringing the novel he
wrote "Undefeated: In Love and War", an action love story about a U.F.C. fighter in the witness protection program who meets the love of his
life while she
is also in hiding.
Neither knowing the others true identity.
has brought much needed encouragement to the arts in church though the introduction of both male and female dancers, drama and simultaneous video and life presentations on stage to unusually large audiences.
From Madison Square Garden to national television, Carman's delivery and style were truthful, bold and uncompromising presentations of the gospel.
Today Carman has developed an original concept for ministry to a new generation called "Carman: For Real-For Now" which he
is currently touring.
No matter what Carman does, it will be different, never seen before and unusually original.
This is exactly what we'd expect from a musical icon.
It goes without saying that still, to this day Carman
defies description and definition and remains a cultural phenomenon-a true American original.