Carman has made it.
The theatrical, veteran Christian singer-songwriter, the performer of such classic songs as “Sunday School Rock” and “The Champion,” is in the process of turning heartbreak into triumph, thanks to fans.
Here’s the story, by publicist Rick Hoganson of Hoganson Media Relations:
“Inspired by tens of thousands of fans encouraging him after doctors told him he had three to five years to live following a terminal cancer diagnosis, Christian music pioneer Carman launched a Kickstarter campaign April 19 with the goal to raise $200,000 for his first new album and music video in over 10 years.
Remarkably, Carman not only reached his goal in 25 days, but also exceeded that goal, raising over $233,000 so far, making this the second most-funded music project ever on Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.
With 32 days left before the campaign ends June 18, Carman fans are continuing to push closer to making this the No. 1 most funded music project on Kickstarter, as they continue to donate as little as $1 up to several thousand dollars with commensurate gifts of appreciation from Carman.
Energized by people’s prayers, kind words and support of the Kickstarter campaign, and determined to not let cancer detract from doing what he does best – sharing the hope of the gospel to live audiences – Carman announced a 60-city, 28-state tour in anticipation of his new album and music video.”
(NOTE: the Lancaster / Hershey / Harrisburg area is listed on the concert tour. Stay tuned for specifics, to come.)
“With concerts being planned now in top markets like New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Dallas, where he holds an attendance record of 71,132 in Texas Stadium (the former home of the Dallas Cowboys), Carman is also extending an opportunity on Kickstarter for fans to be the first to support his tour and receive tickets before they begin going on sale to the general public July 1.
Available at Kickstarter now, and limited to 500 tickets for each city on the tour, backers who donate $100 will not only receive two VIP concert tickets and backstage passes to meet Carman after the concert of their choice, but will also receive the new CD at the concert, a single and video download one month before the actual street date of the upcoming album, a T-shirt, an autographed “Game Changers” CD and more.”
Carman only received his diagnosis in March, but how inspiring it is to see how the singer has responded so positively, and has been so helped by fans … the very fans who have been so touched by him through the years.
See Kickstarter or Carman’s webpage (www.carman.org) for more details on the tour and the fundraising.