Carman has been a Christian music industry icon for decades, but his recent cancer diagnosis and doctors’ prediction that he only has three to four years left to live made some think his reign in the industry might fall. Not so, according to Mstarz.com, which says that Carman Licciardello is staying true to form, even putting Satan on notice, just as he did in his music video “Satan Bite the Dust.”
I will not leave this world quietly and I want the devil to know that he put cancer on absolutely the wrong Italian,” Carman said.
The handsome and wildly popular music artist has thrilled fans across the country since he first began making music videos decades ago that were rivaled only by his concert stage performances and personal charisma.
The news of his multiple Myeloma cancer diagnosis might have sidelined a less passionate member of the Christian performing artist community, but not this man. And to prove it he is engaging with his fans for their help in continuing his creative endeavors, since they’ve rallied so passionately around him after he was diagnosed.
Cancer produced a death sentence, but you have been life to me, rallying me back into the fight and praying me back to my feet,” he said.
And indeed his fans surely have, providing him with as much as $158,000 towards his fundraising goal of $200,000 by June 8, so he can begin a new album and video project with them.
His promise to compensate them equally to their contributions once the album and video is complete and released may not even be the motivating factor in their support, since he’s always given his fans 100 percent and then some in his performances.
Markus Hansson, a researcher at Lund University in Sweden, says that those diagnosed with Carman’s type of cancer condition may benefit from testing to be conducted on a new cancer antibody known as BI-505, but currently less than half of all cancer patients with this condition live past the five year mark, Scienceblog.com reports.
The “God’s Got An Army” singer is determined to put his faith in the great physician, first and foremost, however. And it appears that his music fans plan to keep helping him make his ministry his focus during his illness, as he has tried to do his entire life.
That’s not to say that Carman may not engage in treatment options or experimental opportunities, too, if he wants them, of course. But for now he is focused on meeting his fundraising goal and completing his tour schedule for 2013, which falls in line with what the Mayo Clinic recommends for those suffering from this condition: to stay physically active.
The first time the Atlanta Pop Culture Examiner caught his tour act was in Georgia in an outdoor day-time venue, but he was electrifying even in the blaze of the sun. And based upon the current Carman tour schedule, that same North Georgia city will be the only one in the state to benefit from his presence this year as well, when he travels through the South in June.
© 2013 Radell Smith