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Mylon LeFevre
Born October 6, 1944 (1944-10-06) (age 65)
Origin Gulfport, Mississippi, USA
Genres Gospel, Rock and Roll, Southern rock, Christian
Website http://www.mylon.org/bio/index.php

Mylon LeFevre (born October 6, 1944 in Gulfport, Mississippi)[1] is the former Christian rock singer of the Grammy Award-winning band Mylon and Broken Heart and a Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame member[2]. He currently travels around the United States, ministering, teaching and singing. He frequently appears on such television networks as the Trinity Broadcasting Network and the Daystar Television Network.

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Early career

Mylon was born into a musical, touring, Southern gospel family, The Singing LeFevres, but stopped attending church when he left home. At 17 years old, while in the Army where he was paid $84 per month, he wrote his first song, "Without Him." The gospel song was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1963, and within the next year, 126 artists recorded his songs.[3][4][5] According to Mylon, writing the song took about 20 minutes and produced an initial royalty check of approximately $90,000. With that money he purchased his first car, a Corvette, one of many sports cars he would own.[6] In 1968, Mylon would release the only solo album he did in the Southern gospel vein, Your Only Tomorrow.[7]

In 1970, Mylon formed the Holy Smoke Doo Dah Band with Auburn Burrell and J.P. Lauzon on guitar, drummer Marty Simon, Tom Robb on bass and keyboardist Lester Langdale. In spite of the light-hearted name, the group was composed of some musical heavy-weights. Auburn Burrell had been a member of Classics IV, which charted with such hits as "Spooky" and "Traces." [8] J.R. Cobb, another member of Classics IV, would later form The Atlanta Rhythm Section (ARS). Session artists from Holy Smoke's first album - Barry Bailey, Paul Goddard, and Dean Daughtry - joined Cobb as founding members of ARS. Mylon later appeared as a fill-in vocalist on several tracks for ARS's album Third Annual Pipe Dream.[9]

For his first album with Holy Smoke, Mylon borrowed the classic song "Gospel Ship" setting the familiar Southern Gospel melody to rock-n-roll tempo.[10] The album, originally entitled Mylon (and alternately titled We Believe) on Cotillion Records is regarded as one of the first Christian rock albums.

1970s through the early 1980s

While the We Believe album contained many overt references to his Christian faith, these would become fewer on subsequent albums recorded through the 1970s. From 1970 through 1980, he recorded with Eric Clapton, Elton John, Alvin Lee, Billy Joel, Duane Allman, Berry Oakley, Little Richard, the Who[11], George Harrison, and Mick Fleetwood, among others.[12] This period of his life was marked by heavy drug use including a near fatal overdose in 1973.[13]

The Broken Heart era

In 1980, LeFevre "committed [his] life to Jesus" and stopped performing secular music.[14] He got a job as a janitor at his church, Mt. Paran Church of God, in Atlanta. He started a Christian band called Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart in 1981 with some musicians he met in a Bible study: Kenny Bentley, John Hampton, Joe Hardy, and Dean Harrington. A small offshoot gospel label from MCA Records known as Songbird released his "comeback" album Brand New Start in 1981.[15] Over the years guitarists Scott Allen and Trent Argante would also be members, along with keyboardist Marshall Pratt. [16][17] [18]


Over the next ten years, he released ten albums and traveled over a million miles. In 1987, the group attempted to cross over to mainstream rock by rechristening itself Look Up! and releasing an album on non-Christian industry label Columbia Records. The album contained a retooled updating of "Peace Begins Within" from the We Believe album and a cover of DeGarmo and Key's "Love is All You Need" but it was not the breakthrough success the band had hoped for.[19]

In 1987, the band received a Rock Album of The Year GMA Dove Award for Crack the Sky.[20] That same year, they received a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance by a Duo, Group, Choir, or Chorus.[21]

About this period (1982-1991), LeFevre said, "I was a Christian musician who preached a little, worshipped a little, and rocked a lot."[22] He suffered a massive heart attack in 1989 while on a tour bus that summer while touring with White Heart. Doctors advised him to stop singing and touring, but he went against their advice that same year, and the group released a couple more albums before it released a compilation of hits in 1992, which marked the end of Mylon & Broken Heart.

Solo career to present

In 1992, LeFevre inked a solo recording deal with Star Song Records and began releasing material that was less musically "edgy" than past offerings. His first release for them, Faith Hope and Love, included guest appearances from Carman, 4Him,Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman among other popular Christian musicians of the day along with Broken Heart bandmates Bentley, Hardy and Hewitt.[23]

Following the 1989 heart attack, LeFevre increasingly turned to preaching and teaching as his vocation. He and his wife Christi minister in about 75 churches a year. He has also spoken at motorcycle rallies, NASCAR owner/driver chapel services, NFL and NBA chapel services, and in Russia, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, the Cayman Islands, and Mexico. His most recent music release is 2003's Bow Down, produced by his son-in-law Peter Furler of the Christian band Newsboys. The couple's home church is Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas.[24][25]

Discography

  • 1968 Your Only Tomorrow Sing Records MSLP-2215
  • 1970 Mylon (We Believe) Cotillion Records SD-9026
  • 1971 With Holy Smoke Columbia Records 31085
  • 1972 Over the Influence Columbia Records KC 31472
  • 1972 Pierce & Mylon Lefevre (from days with Singing LeFevres)
  • 1973 On the Road to Freedom (with Alvin Lee) Columbia Records KC 32729
  • 1977 Weak at the Knees Warner Brothers Records BSK 3070
  • 1978 Love Rustler Warner Brothers Records BSK 3216
  • 1980 Rock 'N Roll Resurrection Mercury Records 3799
  • 1981 Brand New Start; MCA Songbird Records MCC-8914
  • 1983 More; Myrrh Records 701-6790-614
  • 1983 Live Forever; Myrrh Records 701-6758-060
  • 1985 Sheep In Wolves Clothing; Myrrh Records 701-6790-614
  • 1986 Look Up!; CBS Associated Records BZT 40334
  • 1987 Crack the Sky; Myrrh Records 701-6841-618
  • 1988 Greatest Hits; Word Records EK 47799
  • 1988 Face the Music; Star Song Records SSD 8099
  • 1989 Big World; Star Song Records SSD 8120
  • 1990 Crank It Up; Star Song Records SSD 8145
  • 1992 A Decade of Love; (anthology) Star Song Records SSD-8185
  • 1993 Faith Hope & Love; Star Song Records SSD 8255
  • 2003 Bow Down Angel Band Music

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/artistdetail.php?artist_id=1180 Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart biography at NewReleaseTueday.com, 1st paragraph. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  2. ^ http://www.mylon.org/bio/index.php. Official Website, biography page, 2nd paragraph. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  3. ^ Moscheo, Joe, The Gospel Side of Elvis, New York, Hachette Book Group, USA, p.105 (2007)
  4. ^ Rhodes, Paul 2008 The Rise, Fall and Rise of Mylon LeFevre, http://www.wnew.com/2008/11/the-rise-fall-a.html, Retrieved on 2009-05-19
  5. ^ http://www.cbn.com/cbnmusic/artists/LeFevre_mylon.aspx CBNmusic.com, Artists A-Z. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  6. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzAgc38pqME.
  7. ^ http://www.christianmusicarchive.com/album_credits.php?id=3412 Christian Music Archive page for Your Only Tomorrow. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  8. ^ Eskow, Gary 2008 Classic Tracks: Classics IV's 'Traces, http://mixonline.com/recording/tracking/audio_classics_ivs_traces/
  9. ^ http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/artist/album/0,,3120011,00.html Third Annual Pipe Dream recording credits listed at Artists Direct. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  10. ^ Collins, Ace, Turn Your Radio On, The Stories Behind Gospel Music's All-time Greatest Songs, Grand Rapids, MI, Zondervan, (1999), p. 62.
  11. ^ Brant, Marly, Freebirds: The Lynyrd Skynyrd Story, New York, Watson-Guptill Publications, (2002) p. 76
  12. ^ http://www.wnew.com/2008/11/the-rise-fall-a.html
  13. ^ http://www.georgiamusicstore.com/artist/P2332/ Georgia Music Hall of Fame Website, paragraph 3. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  14. ^ Graves, Michael P. and Fillingim, David, eds., More Than Precious Memories: The Rhetoric of Southern Gospel Music, Macon, Georgia, Mercer University Press, (2004), p. 159.
  15. ^ http://www.christianmusicarchive.com/artist.php?id=230 Christian Music Archive. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  16. ^ http://www.christianmusicarchive.com/album_credits.php?id=49 Christian Music Archive page for Live Forever. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  17. ^ http://www.christianmusicarchive.com/album_credits.php?id=1146 Christian Music Archive page for Face the Music. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  18. ^ http://www.christianmusicarchive.com/album_credits.php?id=1148 Christian Music Archive page for Crank It Up. Retrieved on 2009-12-12.
  19. ^ http://www.christianmusicarchive.com/album_credits.php?id=1138 Christian Music Archive page for Look Up!. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  20. ^ http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/Winners/ Search performed on Past Winners Search page of Grammy.com,accessed 5/19/2009.
  21. ^ See,Grammy.com, Official Site of the Recording Academy, Award Winners, found online at, http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/Winners/Results.aspx?title=&winner=mylon%20lefevre&year=0&genreID=0&hp=1, see also, http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0150607.html
  22. ^ See, Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart Artist Profile, found online at http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/artistdetail.php?artist_id=1180
  23. ^ http://www.christianmusicarchive.com/album_credits.php?id=1150 Christian Music Archive page for Faith Hope and Love. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  24. ^ http://www.mylon.org/news/index.php Mylon LeFevre Ministries homepage, section "Mylon was Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  25. ^ http://www.emic.org/ Eagle Mountain International Church homepage. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.

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