Carman

Carman (born Carmen Dominic Licciardello on January 19, 1956 in Trenton, New Jersey), is a Grammy-nominated, contemporary Christian music artist, who grew up in an Italian home.



Early life


As a boy, Carman played the drums and the guitar, and he began singing at 16. He attended Military School for two years. As his career developed, Carman played New Jersey and Philadelphia clubs before going on to Las Vegas. According to Carman, it was after seeing an Andrae Crouch concert that he joined the Christian faith.



Career


Carman released the LP, Some-O-Dat in 1982, and began a string of CCM chart successes with his song "Sunday's On The Way" from the live album of the same name in 1983.


Later, Carman established the non-profit organizations Carman Ministries and Carman World Outreach. Between 1987 and 1989, he was named Charisma magazine's readers' choice for favorite male vocalist.


In 1990, Billboard Magazine recognized Carman's influence in Christian music by naming him the first "Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year." He has received 15 gold and platinum albums and videos and has sold over 10 million records. He holds the world record for the largest solo Christian Concerts in history with: 80,000 outdoors in Charlotte, North Carolina, 71,132 indoors at Texas Stadium and the largest solo ticketed CCM solo concert with 50,000 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He still remains the only Christian "stadium act" ever.


Carman remains well known for his unique story-songs such as "Sunday's On The Way", "Lazarus Come Forth", "The Champion", and numerous others. His music styles have varied over the years with Pop, Rock, Rap, Ballads, Kid's Music, Hymns, Country and Praise & Worship.


Beyond music, he has written novels, screenplays, and has recorded audio books. He had the Longest #1 Record on Billboard CCM sales chart at 33 Weeks. He is currently focused on writing film screenplays, acting, live concerts, various TV productions and interview duties as an evening host on the TBN network.


In 2001, Carman starred in the full-length film Carman: The Champion.


Carman's song Who's in the House? (Kickin' it for Christ) appears in the documentary Jesus Camp.



Discography


Some-o-Dat (1982)
Carman (1982)
Sunday's On the Way (1983)
Comin' On Strong (1984)
A Long Time Ago...in a Land Called Bethlehem (1986)
The Champion (1986)
Live: Radically Saved (1988)
Revival in the Land (1990)
Christmas With Carman (1990/(r)1995)
High Praises, Vol. 1 (1991)
Shakin' the House (1991)
Carman Ministries: High Praises, Vol. 2 (1991)
Yo Kidz! (1992)
Lord of All: Songs of Carman (1992)
Addicted to Jesus (1992)
The Absolute Best (1993)
The Standard (1993)
Yo Kidz!, Vol. 2: Armor of God (1994)
To Kidz! 2 Everland (1994)
R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth) (1995)
Lawrence the Kat and the Bible (1996)
Carman's Yo! Kidz: The Hitz (1996)
Lo Mejor - The Best (1996)
I Surrender All: 30 Classic Hymns (1997)
Mission 3:16 (EP) (1997)
Mission 3:16 (1998)
Passion for Praise, Vol. 1 (1999)
Heart of a Champion (2000)
Ultimate Praise (2001)
The Early Ministry Years (2002)
House of Praise (2003)
Live and Reloaded (2005)
The Ultimate Collection (2007)
Instrument of Praise (2007)


Charts
Year
Album
The Billboard 200

Chart Position
2000
Heart Of A Champion: A Collection Of 30 Hits
53
1999
Passion For Praise Volume One
179
1998
Mission 3:16
94
1997
I Surrender All: 30 Classic Hymns
102
1995
R.I.O.T.
45


RIAA Certifications

Albums


Release

Year
Album
RIAA Certification
2000
Heart of a Champion
Gold
1997
I Surrender All: 30 Classic Hymns
Gold
1995
R.I.O.T.
Gold
1993
The Standard
Platinum
1993
The Absolute Best
Platinum
1993
Addicted to Jesus
Gold
1990
Revival in the Land
Gold
1988
Live: Radically Saved
Gold
1986
The Champion
Gold

Videos


Release

Year
Video
RIAA Certification
1995
Raising the Standard Tour Live
Gold
1993
The Standard
Platinum
1993
Addicted to Jesus
Gold
1992
Revival In the Land
Platinum
1992
Yo! Kidz!
Platinum
1988
Carman Live... Radically Saved!
Gold



Movies & Television Shows


Book of Ruth (2009) - Appeared as Boaz
Carman: The Champion (2001) - Writer, Producer, and Leading Actor
Carman: Time 2 - TV Show on TBN (1995-1997) - Writer and Leading Actor
R.I.O.T.: The Movie (1996) - Writer, Producer, and Leading Actor

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