Christian recording artist Carman, who was diagnosed with terminal multiple myeloma cancer in February, set modest goals for his first major music venture in more than 10 years. When it comes to spreading the gospel, however, God isn’t much for modesty.
In an attempt to revitalize his career after a long layoff and with help from Kickstarter and his legion of fans, Carman nearly tripled fundraising efforts to finance his first full production tour in more than 13 years. With more than $538,000 raised, the Christian artist can now complete his new album and music video and can look forward to a 12-city tour, which began last weekend in Georgia.
“Can you say ‘nothing is impossible’ with God?” Carman said to his Kickstarter backers. “You have not only given me my ministry back, but have restored my life following my cancer diagnosis. Through your prayers and words of encouragement, I’m ready to battle again. And because of your support, there is enough money to record, as well as bring full production into venues for the tour.”
While on tour, Carman will share new music he is writing alongside his hit songs and 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 here, and his tour schedule can be found here.
With 16 RIAA-certified platinum and gold albums and videos and over 10 million albums sold, Carman is meeting with producers to plan the recording of the new album.
Holding attendance records from the 1980s and 1990s for the largest solo Christian concerts in history, Carman's music and videos have always been a catalyst for bringing the message and hope of the gospel to the masses. With a major market tour across the U.S. being planned now, his fans have breathed life back into his ministry.
Media outlets like Charisma, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Religion News Service, Associated Press Radio, RELEVANT, USA Radio Network, CCM Magazine, NewReleaseTuesday.com, Christian Post, American Family Radio and many more have covered Carman's journey the last few months, which began Feb. 14 when the artist was diagnosed a cancer of the blood that affects the body’s bone marrow.
Stunned and initially devastated by the news of his diagnosis, Carman's spirit was soon lifted by the overwhelming love and support received from tens of thousands of fans after posting the news on his Facebook page—which inspired the launch of the Kickstarter campaign. Carman is determined to fight the cancer and is turning the death sentence into a renewed vision and hope for the future.