Cancer Resurrects Career of Former Christian Music Star

After 10 platinum records and 12-year hiatus, fan response to cancer diagnosis prompts plans for new album and major tour.

(RNS) When Christian music veteran Carman found out that he had terminal cancer, he thought God just might be calling him home because he had nothing more to give.

"I've had so many harsh things happen to me over the last 12 years, it was almost a situation that made sense," he said after he was given three to five years to live and no chance of being cured of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood that affects the bone marrow.

"I thought I could see this coming to a close," Carman said in an interview. "I wasn't really doing anything. I've had hardly any requests for concerts. I wasn't recording. I wasn't productive. The things I needed to do best, I wasn't doing. I figured my time was up."

Once one of the biggest names in Christian music who could sell 10 million albums and fill stadiums with his concerts, the man born as Carmelo Domenic Licciardello said he had been rejected by every Christian music label in the last 12 or 13 years and couldn't even find a record company to distribute ...

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