A death sentence turned out to be life transforming for one Christian singer.
Almost five years ago, Carman Licciardello, the singer, songwriter, preacher, performer and life coach known as simply Carman, was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer. He underwent intense treatments, and according to his most recent scan in July, there are no signs of cancer.
“Every six months I go and find out if I can live another six months. You start to appreciate things around you more,” said Carman, who will be at Living Waters Church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. “We say ‘one of these days,’ I’ll get around to doing something, but then you realize one of these days is today.”
And your quality of life actually improves when you take steps to start living rather that just existing, he said.
Since his diagnosis, there have been a lot of advancements made in treatments, and Carman said sometimes you just have to live long enough for the right treatment to be developed.
Carman’s music career began in the 1980s, and he has created numerous recordings over the years. Billboard Magazine named him Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year in 1990. He has 15 gold and platinum recordings and his recording, The Champion, spent a record-breaking 33 weeks at Billboard’s No. 1 slot. He’s also appeared in several films.
When he was diagnosed, Carman hadn’t recorded anything in several years, and he decided to make a push to get back into the studios. He released No Plan B in 2014 and he’s currently recording his latest CD, Legacy: Hymns, Jams and Stories. It should be out next year.
His journey with cancer also opened up a door he’d never thought of.
He chronicled his progress with the disease through his Facebook page. His surgeries, his treatments, his hopes and his fears were all laid out for 500,000 followers to read. During his No Plan B tour, he did a lot of meet-and-greets with his fans.
“People would just start talking to me about personal stuff,” he said. “They found it hard to talk to people in their own family. I’d put out my personal stuff, and there was a connection.”
So he embarked on a new type of career as a life coach. He went to school and got certified in the field and now he helps people in a different way. One thing he’s found is there’s no “one size fits all” to life coaching. Everyone has various circumstances and challenges to overcome.
“Doing life coaching is extremely rewarding,” he said.
As for his Augusta visit, Carman will be singing his songs, telling his story and raising money for the charity, World Vision. His goal is to raise sponsors for children in Third World countries.
To learn more about Carman and his life coaching, visit www.carmanlifecoaching.com.