Carman Domenic Licciardello - Carman Ministry Community
Carman Domenic Licciardello is an enigma in Christian music, often described as part evangelist, part Vegas Showman. His 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. And he 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. This is more than just an A-list artist-this man is a Cultural Phenomenon.
Music, Ministry, Achievements and Accolades:
Carman released his 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 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. Carman 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. He still remains the only Christian "stadium act" ever. He had the Longest #1 Record on Billboard CCM sales chart at 33 weeks. His "Champion" record stayed on the Billboard overall sales charts for a record 168 weeks! Carman has also has written songs for several motion pictures including The Prince of Egypt and the documentary Jesus Camp.
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