Street Date: 01/22/2013
Carman is an enigma in Christian music, often described as part evangelist, part Vegas Showman. His concerts were more like a rock and roll Billy Graham Crusade than a Christian music event. After all the singing, dancing, clapping and preaching, throngs of people would stream down to the counseling area to accept Christ-many times as many as 5,000 in an evening. Admission was usually free, a simple offering taken, similar to 30,000 churches on Sunday mornings. And he filled the largest stadiums the world over. With two Platinum and seven Gold albums and two Platinum and three Gold long-form videos, Carman is more than just an A-list artist, he is a cultural phenomenon.
There's no way you can classify a Carman song by its style but rather by the shear blunt-force impact delivery in a person’s life, with an unmistakable Gospel message. If there is any original trademark to Carman's repertoire, it is what we could only identify as a story song. A combination of drama, rock, comedy, funk, satire, acting, singing, and preaching, all woven together by an unpredictable wit that can only be described as a full length feature film in seven minutes. A style not duplicated or even attempted by any other artist in any other musical genre. With compositions like "The Champion," "Lazarus Come Forth," “Mission 3:16,” "Witches Invitation," and "This Blood," simply put, Carman is a true American original.
Anthems Of A Champion features the best of Carman with four new recordings of his hits “The Champion,” “Lazarus Come Forth,” "Radically Saved," and "I Feel Jesus"