Ralph Carmichael born May 27, is an American composer and arranger of both secular pop music and contemporary Christian musicbeing regarded as one of the pioneers of the latter genre as well as the father of Christian rock. He is married to Marvella and is the father of composer and artist Carol Parks.
Carmichael was born in QuincyIllinoisthe son of a Pentecostal minister, who allowed his son to play the violin and listen to the radio. I felt a sadness that we didn't have that in our church. Our church orchestra sounded weak and terrible by comparison. It was embarrassing. Why did we have to settle? Why couldn't we use those gorgeous rhythms, sweeping strings, the brass, the stirring chords? That started to control everything I did. As a teenager he played violin with the San Jose Civic Symphony.
At 17 he enrolled at Southern California Bible College, now Vanguard Universityto become a preacher like his father, grandfather, three uncles and five cousins. He started a campus men's quartet, ensembles and mixed groups of all kinds, blending jazz and classical music techniques with gospel songs and hymns. His musical "experiments" proved instantly controversial.
His bands were unwelcome at many churches, and he was not allowed to store the baritone saxophone on campus because of its worldly associations with big band music.
After college, reaction to his band was mixed from the Christian community. One church made them hide the drums behind a curtain; a pastor in Oakland stopped the band mid-song because the music sounded too worldly.
After a performance at a men's fellowship in Pasadena, however, Carmichael's band was invited to audition for television. This program drew so much hate mail from Christians that the station asked for more shows. Inhe was invited to score a film for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association ; in all he wrote the musical score for twenty of their films.
By the late s, secular producers had taken notice of Carmichael's radio and film work. InCarmichael was hired by producer Jack H. Harris to score his science fiction film, The Blob. With the success of the film, Carmichael was brought back to score Harris' follow-up film, 4D Man.
He arranged and composed music for a Bing Crosby Christmas special television program, which prompted his denomination to strongly suggest he not apply for renewal of his ordination. He also composed and conducted the theme music for the sitcom, My Mother the Car. Inhe married singer Evangeline Otto; they divorced in Their daughter Carol Celeste was a vocalist and assistant record producer. Evangeline married Pentecostal minister Rolf McPherson in His big break came at the end of the s, when his work came to the attention of Capitol Recordswho asked him to provide the arrangements for an album of mainly sacred Christmas songs by Djostodjou - Vox Populi!
- Imaginary Myscitisms & Alternative Watermelons of the label's biggest stars, Nat King Cole. The result, The Magic of Christmaswas released for the festive season, by which time Capitol had already set Carmichael to work with Cole on more secular albums. Carmichael duly became Cole's most regularly utilized arranger from then until the singer's death in earlytheir first mainstream pop collaboration being The Touch of Your Lips alsoan album of romantic ballads backed by lush strings, and their final team-up being Cole's last album, L-O-V-Ewith jazzy big band arrangements, recorded in Decemberonly two months before Cole succumbed to the lung cancer which was already Bust Your Lip - Graham Brown Band - Hiwatt its advanced stages.
It is in the field of Christian music that Carmichael has been most prolific. In particular, his experiments in pop-rock style in the s and s have brought him When Its Gone - Ralph Carmichael & Kurt Kaiser - Tell It Like It Is: A Folk Musical About God as the "Father of Contemporary Christian Music ". Both Spencers helped launch Crouch's recording career by When Its Gone - Ralph Carmichael & Kurt Kaiser - Tell It Like It Is: A Folk Musical About God them to Light Records founder and prolfic Christian songwriter Ralph Carmichael.
The record album of the musical, which included the song "Pass It On", sold 2, copies, completely selling out the first Booya - Various - Essential Drum & Bass it then completely sold out its second run ofcopies.
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