Carmelo Domenic Licciardello, was born in Trenton, New Jersey on January 19, 1956. At just the age of 5, Carman picked up the drums and by the age of 16 he was singing, too. In 1973, Carman was approached by a Capo in the real life Sopranos The DeCalvcante’ Crime Family to “represent his interests and help his career.” Instead of taking the offer, Carman went to Vegas for a short while to begin his career…telling the Crime Family that he’d have a decision for them by the time he got back. While in Vegas, Carman attended an Andrae Crouch concert and became a Christian, thus enraging the mob waiting for him back home. 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.
Carman holds the record for the largest Christian concert ever in Dallas, Texas. But it even goes beyond just a record within the Christian community. Out of all the Mega Stadium acts that played the Cowboy’s stadium in Dallas, Texas including acts like Pink Floyd, U2, Madonna, The Jackson Five, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks and even Metallic, there was only one act that drew the highest attendance in its history—Carman, with 71,132.
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