Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Carman moved to Vancouver in 2001 to study jazz at Capilano College (now University). There he was a member of the top vocal group NiteCap, and had the opportunity to perform with such jazz luminaries as Kurt Elling, Ed Thigpen, Phil Nimmons and Kenny Werner. Carman has since led his own group with some of Vancouver’s premier jazz musicians, appearing at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club and other venues. He recently released his first album of jazz standards entitled I Do.
Carman’s choral experience includes work with the Phoenix Chamber Choir, Vancouver Cantata Singers and Laudate Singers. He was a member of musica intima for six years, touring across the country many times as well as France, Ireland and Denmark. He is on musica intima’s albums o nata lux (2008) and the JUNO-nominated into light (2010). He has sung with the vocal octet Stellaria performing Renaissance and Baroque music as well as modern compositions. In 2013 Stellaria presented a well-received performance of Handel’s Messiah with 12 singers, string quartet and harpsichord — shockingly, Carman’s first time performing the work.
In addition, Carman’s stylistic diversity has allowed him to perform in musical theatre, appearing in several productions for APPLAUSE! Musicals in Concert as well as Fighting Chance Productions’ Canadian premiere of Grey Gardens (2012). He is an experienced studio singer, recording jingles and background vocals for pop recordings. He has sung background vocals in concert for several Cantonese pop singers including Sandra Lang. In 2013 he was thrilled to sing backing vocals for the Steely Dan tribute band Steelin’ in the Years.