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Carman (1956–2021), contemporary Christian singer and songwriter

by Linnea Crowther

Carman was a popular contemporary Christian singer and songwriter known for songs including “The Champion.”

Music career

Born Carman Licciardello, he began recording under his first name and released his debut album in 1980. Carman began charting contemporary Christian hits in 1984 with “Sunday’s on the Way,” reaching No. 1 with “The Champion” (1986) and “Radically Saved” (1988). His other hit songs include “Lord of All,” “Jesus Is the Light,” and “Satan, Bite the Dust!” Carman reportedly holds the world record for the largest audience at a Christian concert. His popularity was at its height in the 1980s and early ‘90s, but he continued releasing albums for years, including his most recent release, 2014’s “No Plan B.” In 2018, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Tributes to Carman

Full obituary: Religion News

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