The popular Christian music artist, Carman Licciardello, has passed away at the age of 65.
He was known by just Carman by his fans and the music industry. According to CBN News, his Facebook page shared the news on Tuesday evening (Feb. 16) that the singer had passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada. He had been in the hospital for a hiatal hernia. Carman passed away from complications in surgery.
His surgery had happened almost a month ago. However, it resulted in a series of complications like internal bleeding, organ failure, and pneumonia. In 2013, Carman was diagnosed with an incurable form of myeloma cancer. He went through years of recovery and treatment before saying he would continue touring last year.
His team shared with fans that the artist had passed away. His manager, Matt Felts, wrote, “This world has lost a light in the darkness but today Carman saw first hand the fruit of his labors.”
Carman and Impact of His Music
In addition to being a singer, Carman was also a songwriter, television host, life coach, and devoted evangelist. He spent decades talking to people about religion.
Carman was a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. His popular album, “God’s Not Finished with Me” came out in 1980. He then toured the following year with The Bill Gaither Trio.
His song “The Champion” was his very first No. 1 song off the album of the same name. In 1990 and 1992 he was Billboard’s Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year. He is also known for songs like “Lord, I Lift Your Name On High,” “Lazurus Come Forth,” “Awesome God,” and “Who’s In The House.”
During his career, Carman has received 15 gold and platinum albums and has sold over 10 million records. He even holds the world record for the largest single Christian concert in history. This was at the 1993 Johannesburg, South Africa concert that had over 500,000 people in attendance.
His decades of releasing music have made him one of the most popular Christian music artists. Fans are mourning the loss of Carman.