After a 40-year career in Christian music, Carman died Tuesday night in Las Vegas as a result of an operation. He was 65 years old

He was a celebrity with a name, and for those who knew him, the Christian singer and showman was among the highest American celebrities, along with the other divas of the same name: Madonna Cher Liberace Carman

For those who did not know him, the single name was repeated as a question Carman? But if Carman’s star never fully secured his place at the zenith of American fame, he never let himself be tarnished by his belief in his own fame, the incredible power of the concert show’s crusade event, and his commitment to producing a pop spectacle Jesus / p>

“Music is the best way to reach most people the quickest way to win them to Christ,” said Carman. “I think an artist owes it to his audience to excite and impress them. It lets people know that being a Christian is a joy ”

Carman, born Carmelo Domenic Licciardello and raised the youngest of three children in an Italian-American family in Trenton, New Jersey, won seven Dove Awards.He was nominated for four Grammys, and was named Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year by Billboard in 1990 and 1992 and sold more than 10 million albums in 2013, 30 years after his first hit and shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer, his fans garnered 280$ 000 for a 60-city tour

“When Carman went on tour again a few years ago he was concerned that no one would care that he was back. He was wrong Every night the fans unpacked the venues and his ministry was more powerful than ever” Said Matt Felts, Carman’s manager, in honor of “This world lost a light in the dark, but today Carman saw the fruits of his labor firsthand”

The singer had many fans who loved him immensely and described how much he had strengthened their faith

“All of his music touches my heart I thank God that he has blessed Carman with the gift of music,” wrote a Christian on Carman’s Facebook wall

“That was the best Carman,” she wrote. “When the enemy attacks you remember they are defeated and when we get to Heaven you will have a great opportunity to put the devil’s fat bum back in the Hell kick ”

The singer also had fans hailing him as the pinnacle of the craziness of 1990s youth group culture. They could, like Carman himself, be both incredibly serious and completely sassy in their appreciation of his art

“It is impossible to look at this work and not conclude that being a Christian pop / spoken word star was no small vanity project for Carman”More than just being a Christian pop star, I mean,” wrote Tyler Huckabee, Senior Editor at Relevant, and rated the singer’s 10 best music videos, all of which play Carman

“But let’s do him more credit … He saw it all as something exciting in the first place; Clint Eastwood, James Bond and William Wallace were all rolled into one. If that’s a little self-centered, it’s pretty fun too”

Carman was born in 1956 to a meat cutter and musician. He described his mother, Nancy Licciardello, as “an accordion prodigy. She gave Carman his love of the stage and his first opportunities to perform. He filled in as a band member at a local gig in New.” Jersey didn’t show up

“I knew I wanted,” recalled Carman, “and when I tried it once, I was thrilled”

Carman dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and had some early success in the top 40 in Atlantic City. When he turned 20, he decided to give it a try as a lounge act in Las Vegas

In Carman’s heightened version of the story, repeated to reporters over the years, he was so successful at New Jersey casinos that a talent agent approached him to “represent my interests and help my career.” but the agent was linked to the DeCavalcante criminal family, known for their extensive blackmail and extortion in New Jersey. The young Carman decided to leave town in his green Chevy Vega

In Las Vegas, Carman struggled to break into the music scene or make a name for himself.He paused to visit his sister, also known as Nancy, in Orange County, California, Nancy and her husband, Joe Magliato, pastor of the Son Light Christian Center, worried about Carman’s salvation and tried to convince him to accept Jesus. Carman resisted and later recalled that he believed what they were saying but was just too proud

He wasn’t too proud to accept an invitation to a music festival at Disneyland, however, and Carman heard the gospel message on the Andraé Crouch show again. This time he accepted

“I was confronted with the truth and received it,” said Carman. “It wasn’t that he musically did something that hadn’t been done. But when he sang, you felt the presence of God and it was whole new ball game ”

The decision to follow Jesus ended Carman’s music career, and he spent the next five years doing odd jobs in Southern California – until he started performing in churches and then got drawn into the booming contemporary Christian music scene

In 1981, Carman began touring as an opening act for the Bill Gaither Trio and signed to a new label, Priority, which nearly ended his career when it closed within a year and did not release the rights to its recordings, but he got caught by myrrh caught and started with the song “Lazarus, Come Forth”

The demons were planning a party one night
They had beer, Jack Daniels and pretzels
There was red wine, some white wine
They celebrated how they crucified Christ on this tree

Carman had his first number 1 song in 1985 with “The Champion” and in 1989 with Revival in the Land his first number 1 album in the Christian music charts

Over the next 10 years, Carman released 12 albums, five of which reached number one in the Christian charts. He took every pop style imaginable and adapted it to turn it into rock opera-like tales, “Story Songs” with Carman, and built on his signature style of talk-singing on Huckabee described it as “a kind of rhyme, spoken word, sermon rap that defies description”

The Gospel Music Hall of Fame said his performances were a “combination of drama, rock, comedy, funk, satire, acting, singing, and preaching, all of which are woven together”

“You can say one thing about my music,” he said, “It’s uniquely my own and you don’t have to hear the same sound for 10 songs”

With his success in Christian music, he expanded into music videos, films, and mega-concerts.It is believed that he turned 50 in 1993000 people in one place in South Africa and in 1994 with more than 71000 set a record for the largest Christian concert in Texas

“I would stand backstage and look at these huge crowds and think, I don’t get it. Nobody is that good,” said Carman. “I always have the feeling that every moment they turn around and say,” Do what we here? “And all turn around and leave”

It started in the 2000s. His career slowed, he was dropped from his record label and he struggled to get a deal with a new record company. Then Carman suffered a number of personal tragedies: he lost money in the financial crisis; his brother died; he had an argument with his sister; a close friend died in a minor plane crash; He was in a wrecked car and suffered internal injuries

He was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2013. When Carman wrote to his fans on Facebook, doctors told him he had terminal myeloma and would live three or four years

After a lot of support, Carman launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund one final album and tour, raising 280$ 000 and kicked off the No Plan B tour When the cancer went into remission, it credited its cure to the faith of its fans

“Folks, you are the one who literally brought this man and ministry back to life!” Carman wrote

Carman first married at the age of 61 and continued touring when the cancer returned in 2020. He billed it as “Carman Live: A CinemaSonic Experience”. The catchphrase was, “It’s a concert, a movie, a game A crusade A must! ”

According to Carman, he has done the same thing he has done throughout his career: “I make Jesus very palatable to our American culture, you can say in a way that everyone can relate to”

He died of complications after hiatal hernia surgery.In the end, he planned another tour

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