A few years ago, I was highly involved with a few different publicity firms. I reviewed and posted press releases for some incredible musicians and actors. After praying about this for awhile, I have decided that I am going to begin sharing certain press releases on Sparrow in the Thorns.
God has opened wonderful doors for me through three different publicity firms and they have been so wonderful in providing me with all of the information and tools that I need. They continued doing this even when I decided to take a break from writing reviews. I have been very blessed by all three companies and the wonderful publicists who have kept in touch with me.
Today, I received a press release about Carman. Many of you may not know who he is, but he was one of the most influential worship leaders to me when I was growing up. I have so many fond memories riding in our van listening to his music on our hour-long drive to and from church. I have so many memories of getting chills up and down my spine, because his music was real and anointed. His music was something that my sister and I would go to when we would get scared, because he taught us that there is nothing in this world that we should be afraid of. He music something that we would run to when we were happy and wanted to praise Jesus; it was also a cushion for us when we were sad. This man has been highly influential in my personal walk with God.
Carman was recently diagnosed with terminal, multiple myeloma, which is a cancer of the blood that affects his bone marrow. Ever since the announcement, I have been following his walk very closely via Facebook and I am greatly amazed by the strength God has given him to keep fighting, even when it seems there is no reason to. What God is using him for right now is absolutely incredible
This is the first press release of many that I will be sharing with you all on Sparrow in the Thorns. I am very honored to post it. Carman has an incredible testimony and this part of his life is very open and very admirable.
If you can, please pray and consider donating towards Carman's new project on Kickstarter (the link will be posted below in the press release). If you can't donate, please keep him in your prayers, as his battle with cancer is just beginning.
Press releases will remain in their original form as they are sent to me. I won't be editing them in any way. I will always write a note before them, like this one, explaining why I chose to share each particular one.
Thank you for reading!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 7, 2013
CREATIVE SPIRIT THROUGH FAN OUTPOORING, MOST SUCCESSFUL
CHRISTIAN ARTIST KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN EVER
Multiple Platinum-Selling Recording Artist Carman Set To Begin Work On
First Album/Music Video In 10 Years As Kickstarter Campaign Nears $200,000 Goal
With 16 RIAA Certified Platinum and Gold albums and videos, over 10 million albums sold and attendance records for the largest solo Christian concerts in history, Carman plans to record an album and video of all new music for the first time in over 10-years. Remarkably, it was a death sentence by doctors that paradoxically revived this entertainer’s creative spirit through his fans.
In March of this year, singer, songwriter and television/film actor/writer Carman was diagnosed with terminal, multiple myeloma cancer, a cancer of the blood that affects the body’s bone marrow, and was given a three to five year life expectancy by doctors. Stunned and initially devastated by the news, Carman’s spirit was soon lifted up by the overwhelming love and support received by tens of thousands of fans after posting the news on his Facebook page. Turning the death sentence into a renewed vision and hope for the future, Carman is not only determined to fight the cancer, but is also well underway to his first independent, fan-funded new album and music video through Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.
Launched April 19, Carman’s Kickstarter campaign has already become the most successful Christian music campaign ever for Kickstarter. Raising more than $158,000 to date, the campaign donations are on target to reach Carman’s $200,000 goal by his June 18 deadline. Fans are able to donate as little as $1 up to several thousand dollars with commensurate gifts of appreciation from Carman once the campaign is fully funded and the album and music video are recorded and released. See http://www.kickstarter.com/
for all the details.
“I'm so excited about this incredible opportunity we all have through Kickstarter to make something happen as a team and a family,” says Carman to his fans. “Cancer pronounced a death sentence, but you have been life to me, rallying me back into the fight and praying me back to my feet. As one fan said on my Facebook page, ‘Look at what Jesus did in three years.’ So as for you and me, with this new project and us working together, the next three years are going to be a blast.”
In addition to the new music, Carman is determined to not let cancer detract from doing what he does best, sharing the hope of the gospel to live audiences. Touring from coast-to-coast, Carman shares his hit songs alongside his most recent offering, “The Flag,” a compelling anthem that weaves the Pledge of Allegiance into a melodic and inspirational message of pride in America. “The Flag” concept video can be seen now at http://youtu.be/4QDxqlP3Fn0, and Carman’s full schedule can be seen at http://www.carmanlive.com/.
Carman, whose full name is Carman Domenic Licciardello, is an enigmatic Christian music pioneer. Often described as part evangelist, part Vegas showman, his concerts are like a rock and roll Billy Graham Crusade. They combine drama, rock, comedy, funk, satire, acting, singing and preaching, all woven together for a unique style not duplicated by any other artist in any other musical genre. The only Christian “stadium act” ever, Carman drew 80,000 outdoors in Charlotte, NC, 71,132 to Texas Stadium and 50,000 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also held the No. 1 position on the Billboard Christian sales charts for an astounding 33 weeks, with his The Champion album staying on the Billboard overall sales charts for a record 168 weeks. Known for such hit “story” songs as “Sunday’s on the Way,” “Satan Bite The Dust,” “Lazarus Come Forth,” “Revival in the Land,” “Witches Invitation,” “No Monsters,” “The Champion” and more, Carman has also has written songs for several motion pictures, including The Prince of Egypt.
With as many as 5,000 people responding each night to the gospel message delivered by Carman, he has also collected the most names on a petition in American history by any individual – one million signatures for a constitutional amendment favoring prayer in public school. He is further the co-founder of the Parable Christian Film Festival and received the Humanitarian Award, whose other recipients include former President and Mrs. Regan, Dr. Billy Graham, Dr. Bill Bright and others.
Among the greatest of Carman’s contributions to Christianity at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st century is his bringing back a full force, worship revival – not just through song and music, but also through dance and drama, revolutionizing Christian arts and music.