Recently Carman Licciardello or “Carman” shared on facebook that he has been battling cancer.
Take a moment and pray for Carman not only for this battle but for every battle he encounters that is opposed to the work Christ would do through him.
I will admit, in 10+ years in Christian Music Radio I never really understood how a guy who was part Liberace and part Billy Graham was so popular. That is not to say I didn’t enjoy his music because I DID and still DO! I recall one pairing with Carman that I thought was particularly odd and that was with Steve Camp on “Revive Us, O Lord“. Great song and both really talented performers and great messengers but for whatever reason it was like the first time you thought of combining chocolate and peanut butter…maybe more like cottage cheese and pineapple. Ultimately enjoyable and refreshing but not something you can reconcile in your mind.
As a child in the 1960s, Amy Grant remembers a single pregnant woman staying with her family.
Through a church-run program, “unwed mothers were just put in homes. That was a different time,” said the lifelong Nashvillian.
Grant saw her parents’ care and concern for others from a young age. She also remembers her family bringing in a foster child when the girl was only 7, a girl the family tried, but failed, to adopt. “My mother loved people,” Grant said simply.
Grant’s husband Vince Gill loves his mother, but he concedes he might’ve been a bit more self-centered as a child than his bride.
“My mom tells the story — I was a typical kid and she was harping on me all the time to cut the grass, cut the grass. And I never would,” Gill said. “And she said, ‘One day, I’m minding my own business and I hear the lawnmower start. And I thought, it’s finally got to him. He’s going to go cut the grass.’ She said the lawnmower was on for about two minutes and it was off again.
“I went out and cut about three strips in the yard to hit golf balls, so I could have a tighter lie,” said the avid golfer, laughing.