May 27, 1927, Quincy, Illinois.


Son of a minister, Carmichael attended Southern Cal­i­for­nia Bi­ble College (now Van­guard Un­i­ver­si­ty) in Co­sta Mesa.

He then served as min­is­ter of music at the Cal­va­ry As­sem­bly, In­gle­wood, Cal­i­for­nia (1946) and Tem­ple Bap­tist Church, Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia (1954). He wrote music for Bil­ly Gra­ham films such as Mr. Tex­as, For Pete’s Sake, The Rest­less Ones and His Land.

In 1964, he founded the Lex­i­con Music company. He was inducted into the Go­spel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1985, and the National Re­li­gious Broad­cas­ters Hall of Fame in 2001. In 1997, Van­guard Un­i­ver­si­ty awarded him a doctorate in music.

  1. All My Life
  2. At the Close of Day
  3. As We Come to Thee in Prayer
  4. Because the Lord Is My Shepherd
  5. Closer Than a Brother
  6. Giving Song, The
  7. God Can See Us
  8. God of Miracles, The
  9. He’s Everything to Me
  10. I Believe God Is Real
  11. I’m Living in His Love
  12. In the Stars His Handiwork I See (He’s Everything to Me)
  13. Is Your Burden Heavy?
  14. Joy Is the Center of His Will
  15. Like a Lamb Who Needs the Shepherd
  16. Living Circle, A
  17. Lord, Hear Thou My Prayer
  18. Love Is Surrender
  19. Miracle of Faith, The
  20. My Friend and I
  21. My Master
  22. New 23rd, The
  23. No Greater Love
  24. Not with a Sword
  25. Precious the Moments
  26. Return
  27. Reach Out to Jesus
  28. Savior Is Waiting
  29. Season of the Long Rains, The
  30. Something Good Is Going to Happen to You
  31. Tell It Like It Is
  32. There Is More to Life
  33. We Are More Than Conquerors
  34. When I Think of the Cross
  35. You Can Touch Him
  1. New Wine