The multi-talented Carman is a Christian music
artist / song writer / evangelist / actor who has dominated
the Christian Music scene for years with his "story songs."
Usually, taken from sermons he has heard, he composes songs
that not only teach us a lesson and give us a message, but
stick in our heads.
"The purpose of my music is to engage the
entire body of Christ, and the family, because my audience
has always been a family audience. It has been my purpose
from the beginning to do songs that would unite generations
and denominations." - Carman
Carman grew up in a close, fun-loving, musical
Italian family in Trenton, New Jersey. The Licciardello family
was made up of Domenic "R" & Mrs. Licciardello,
Carman, Mario and their sister, plus Carman's three dogs,
who were supposed to take the place of a baby brother or sister.
Carman was 8 and 10 years younger than his brother and sister,
and instead of expanding the family with another child, Carman's
dad decided that a puppy would be a better source of company.
To find out how the idea of one puppy turned into the reality
of 3 dogs, visit his Web-Site
Music was a mainstay in the Licciardello family
life style, an interest which inspired the musical talent
of all. Carman's Mom formed an all girls band in which she
played an accordion, and had regular gigs.
Jane McCabe, a fabulous singer and a terrific
guitar player from Hawaii, who came over to the states to
join Mrs. Licciardello's band, was the one who taught Carman
how to play the guitar.
Besides playing the guitar, Carman also played
the drums and started singing during his teenage years. As
a young man, he started his career playing in clubs and went
onto other gigs in other cities, such as Las Vegas.
After experiencing an an "Andrae Crouch" concert,
young Carman "gave his life to Jesus Christ and embraced
his newfound faith in the living Savior", and has been
in His grip ever since, serving Him, being called to bring
the gospel of Jesus Christ to every person who needs Him.
After taking 5 years to prepare for the ministry,
Carman moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma and established his music
/ outreach ministry, Carman ministries, which in the next
20 years "changed the face of Christian music and evolved
contemporary evangelism into what it is today."
Through this non-profit organization, Carman
Ministries, well over 1 million people have come to know Christ.
Carman's music ministry became wildly successful in the mainstream
Christian music industry. Carman has created over 12 albums.
In a career that spans more than 25 years, Carman has earned
two Platinum records and nine Gold records as well as two
Platinum videos and six Gold videos.
Carman As Song & Screenplay Writer
Carman is not timid about stepping into new
areas of ministry, challenging his gifts as a writer, actor
and performer. In 1994, Carman stepped out in faith in a new
area of ministry, when an idea for a Christian film became
a dream, inspired by the lack of Christian entertainment in
the movie industry.
Instead of just getting angry and annoyed at
the secular movies that feel the need to add bad language,
bad morals, bad attitudes, etc., he turned inward and through
prayer listened to the voice of God. As is often the case,
if one is stirred up about a problem, the Lord often has a
plan for that person stirred up to do something about it!
Inspired with a new ministry which included
his music, his acting ability, and would require an expansion
of his writing ability, all under the guidance of the Lord,
Carman sold his Nashville home and moved to Southern California,
and took classes in screen writing, to figure out how to turn
6 minute story songs into a 2 hour screenplay, a feat which
he would depend on the guidance of the Lord to accomplish.
Besides the writing classes, the Lord sent screenwriters
Lee Stanley, Tony Cinciripini, and Tadd Callies to help with
the story and dialogue.
After 5 years of writing, planning, making connections,
and finally learning how to box through a strenuous training
program, the final product was ready to be filmed, under the
executive producer, Paul F. Crouch Sr, founder of the Trinity
"Faith Led Him to His Dream"
In the Spring of 2001, Carman: The Champion
was released. It tells the story of a godly man, put in an
ungodly environment. "Then we watch him struggle to maintain
his godliness through the entirety of the movie,"
The plot of the film: "Orlando Leone (Carman)
must enter the boxing ring once again. Even though the doctor
has advised him against it, he picks up his gloves for one
last fight, for his father, for his church, for his love,
and for his life." - imdb.com
Thus, the result of Carman viewing one too many
annoying secular films, was the Lord leading Carman to grow
in ways he had never envisioned for himself, and to expand
his ministry to include other forms of media, that intertwine
with music so well. "This Heart of a Champion phenomenon
is Carman's new God-given multi-level vision to reach this
generation for God. This vision included a novel, movie, double
CD and world tour," where 50,000 people packed his "Music
for Peace" crusade in Johannesburg, South Africa.
This new vision of an expanded ministry combines
a synergetic force of a multi-media experience, while sending
the message of the Gospel to the heart of millions, a very
effective tool to reach others with the good news of Jesus
Heart of A Champion
Before the movie's release, Carman released
a two disc CD, called Heart
of A Champion, originally released 1997 and re- released
on October 24, 2000.
In addition to 6 new songs, described as "slick
pop with some Latino influence," which were co-written
by Carman, 24 of his best Christian music songs that he composed
through the years also contribute to the sound track.
of Praise is "Carman's first all new recording in
nearly five years, and his fans will surely agree it was worth
the wait. House of Praise is a unique recording because it
merges the energy and excitement of a live Carman concert
with world class studio musicianship. As a result, House
of Praise has the precision and production values of a
conventional studio recording, with the infectious fun of
a live concert."
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