Carman to bring ministry to King’s Way Family Church on Monday
World renowned singer, actor, producer, and writer Carman Domenic Licciardello, known around the world as Carman, will bring his ministry “Carman- For Real-For Now” to the King’s Way Family Church located at 1727 Senator Carlos Truan Blvd. on Monday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.
Carman is an enigma in Christian music and is often described as part evangelist, part Vegas Showman.
Thousands have filled the largest stadiums in the world to hear and see a glimpse of the grammy-nominated singer, even setting records in the process. Carman hold the record for the largest Christian concert in Dallas at Texas Stadium with 71, 132 in attendance.
If there is any original trademark to Carman’s repertoire, it is what is described as a ‘story song’. A combination of drama, rock, comedy, funk, satire, acting, singing, and preaching, all woven together at once.
As a boy, Carman played the drums at 5, the guitar at 15 and he began singing at 16. His aggressive, spitfire nature landed him in the Bordentown Military Institute for two years. As his 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.
Carman attended an Andrae Crouch concert and was so moved that he became a Christian, enraging those left behind waiting on a decision.
Carman released his first LP, “God’s not finished with me”, which garnered the attention of CBS, following in 1982 with the “Some-ODat” 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 nonprofit 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 attendance 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 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 and has written songs for several motion pictures including The Prince of Egypt and the documentary Jesus Camp.
Carman 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.
Additionally, Carman 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 and in 2001, Carman starred in and wrote the fulllength film The Champion, preparing for 6 months with boxing famed coach Terry Claybon, “The Hurricane” and renowned acting coach Ivana Chubbuck.
The past few years he’s written several new screenplays, acted, had many live concerts, various TV productions including “Time 2” and “Reality Check” series and developed his own internet site on the web at Carman. org. Carman is also the co-founder of the Parable Christian Film Festival and received the Humanitarian Award.
Among the greatest of Carman’s contributions to Christianity is his bringing back a full force, worship revival—not just through song and music but also through dance and drama. Carman’s presentations, done to large audiences, have revolutionized the arts and Christian music.
Today Carman has developed an original concept for ministry to a new generation called “Carman: For Real-For Now” which he is currently touring, tickets to the show are $10 before or $20 at the door.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call King’s Way Family Church at 592- 5132.