Alumni Spotlight - Carl Cartee

Carl Cartee, a Gardner-Webb graduate and a Cleveland County native, is best known locally for the annual Christmas concert he gave, along with Gardner-Webb University and The Shelby Star, to benefit the Salvation Army Food Closet.


In its 12 years, the annual Cartee Christmas Concert raised more than 15,000 pounds of food and more than 2,000 toys—not to mention the proceeds from the evenings’ CD sales that Cartee always donated.


In April 2012, Cartee’s song “Hope of the Broken World” took home “Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year” at the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards.


Cartee is still a frequent worship leader at summer camps and winter conferences for Crossroads Worldwide Ministries, based in Boiling Springs and operated by Cartee’s close friend and fellow Gardner-Webb alumnus Clayton King.


Based in Nashville, Tenn., Cartee is a staff writer for Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing and an artist-in-residence at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tenn. He is the founding owner of Mighty Oak Records, and together with his wife Heather, the creator of the annual Inspire Worship Conference.


The Cartees have been married 12 years and have four sons.