Mylon LeFevre

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Mylon LeFevre
Also known asMylon & Broken Heart
Born(1944-10-06) October 6, 1944 (age 68)
Gulfport, Mississippi, U. S.
GenresSouthern gospel, rock and roll, southern rock, contemporary Christian
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1966–present
LabelsStar Song
Associated actsThe LeFevres, Stamps Quartet, Alvin Lee, White Heart
Websitehttp://www.mylon.org/
 
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Mylon LeFevre
Also known asMylon & Broken Heart
Born(1944-10-06) October 6, 1944 (age 68)
Gulfport, Mississippi, U. S.
GenresSouthern gospel, rock and roll, southern rock, contemporary Christian
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1966–present
LabelsStar Song
Associated actsThe LeFevres, Stamps Quartet, Alvin Lee, White Heart
Websitehttp://www.mylon.org/

Mylon R. LeFevre (born October 6, 1944) is an American Christian music singer, who was the leader of the Grammy Award-winning band Mylon and Broken Heart. He is a member of the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame. He currently travels around the United States, ministering, teaching and singing. He sometimes can be seen on television networks, such as TBN and Daystar.

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Biography

Early years

Born (in Gulfport, Mississippi)[1] into the pioneering Southern gospel family, The LeFevres, Mylon was the youngest son of Eva Mae and Urias LeFevre. When he was old enough, he began to sing and play guitar with the group.

As a teen, Mylon was expelled from a private religious high school when his father took him out to be with the family while they performed at a local concert.[2] At 17 years old, while in the Army where he was paid $84 per month, he wrote his first song, "Without Him." While stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the LeFevres were performing at a gospel convention in Memphis. That weekend, Mylon hitchhiked over 600 miles to get there. Onstage, singing “Without Him,” he did not know that Elvis Presley was there. After the concert, Elvis asked to meet Mylon.[3] Shortly thereafter, Elvis recorded the song for his album, How Great Thou Art, and within the next year, over a hundred artists would record his song.[4][5] According to Mylon, writing the song took about twenty 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.[2]

After leaving the Army, Mylon became a member of the famed Stamps Quartet (1966–1968). In 1964 Mylon released his first solo album entitled New Found Joy (Skylite Records). In 1968, Mylon would release Your Only Tomorrow[6]

Mylon wanted to write and sing contemporary music that gives glory to God, but there seemed to be no place for his music—or his longer hair and long sideburns—in his family or the Church.[3] His first mainstream album, entitled Mylon, We Believe (Atlantic/Cotillion Records 1969), is considered by some to be the first true "Jesus Rock" album. Mylon took the classic song, "Gospel Ship," setting the familiar southern gospel melody to rock & roll tempo.[7]

1970s–early 1980s

In 1970, Mylon signed with Columbia Records, and 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. From 1970 through 1980, he recorded and performed with Eric Clapton, Elton John, Billy Joel, Duane Allman, Berry Oakley, Little Richard, & the Who,[8] among others .

The album On the Road to Freedom was produced by Alvin Lee and recorded in George Harrison's studio with Ron Wood, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Mick Fleetwood, & released in 1973 . Lee & Harrison are also contributing writer/musicians .[9] In 1974, he appeared as a fill-in vocalist on several tracks for The Atlanta Rhythm Section's album Third Annual Pipe Dream.[10]

Mylon started getting high to deal with the stress and to fit in. His drug use escalated to a near-fatal overdose of heroin in 1973. So Mylon committed himself to a drug treatment program that year. Seven months later, Mylon came out clean.[2]

In 1980, LeFevre attended a concert by the CCM group, 2nd Chapter of Acts. Their long hair and music showed that they weren’t concerned with outward appearances, but with issues of the heart. Buck Herring, the group’s leader, led the people in prayer and Mylon prayed along and submitted to Jesus as the Lord of his life.[3]

Broken Heart era

Mylon quit secular rock and returned to his home church at Mt. Paran Church of God, in Atlanta—where he worked as a janitor, while attending Bible-study classes. His first challenge was to get out of his music contract which, according to the terms, could only be broken “by an act of God.” Mylon’s attorney argued that being born again is an act of God and won the case. In return for release from his contract, Mylon agreed to give up all future royalties on his songs, publishing and recordings.[3] In 1981, he started a Christian band called The Gathering Ground Band, later to be renamed Airborn with some musicians he met in the Bible study: Dean Harrington (lead guitar, vocals, percussion), Don Woods (drums/percussion), Kim Klout (bass), Mike Adams (rhythm guitar) and Michael Milsap (keyboards). In 1982, the band changed their name to Broken Heart. A small offshoot gospel label from MCA Records known as Songbird released Broken Heart's first album Brand New Start (1982),[11] with members: Dean Harrington, Kenny Bentley (bass/vocals), Stan Coates (keyboards/vocals), Ben Hewitt (drums/percussion), and Mike Adams. Others musicians who helped with the first album were: Joe Hardy (bass, guitars, percussion), John Hampton (drums), Ed DeGarmo (of DeGarmo and Key; organ/synthesizer), Jack Holder (guitar/background vocals), Phil Driscoll (trumpet/fluegel horn). Later members of the band included: Tim Huffman (guitars/vocals) and Scott Allen (rhythm guitar/vocals). Others Musicians who helped with other albums over the years were: Kerry Livgren (of Kansas), Phil Keaggy, Ed Zimmerman, The 2nd Chapter of Acts, The group Sevenfold, and Jimmy Jamieson. Two more albums came out in 1983, More and Live Forever (recorded at Six Flags Over Georgia).

Over the next 10 years, he released 10 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 with Columbia Records. The album contains 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".[12] Over the years guitarists Scott Allen, David Payton, Trent Argante, and Skip Benicky and keyboardists Stan Coates, Paul Joseph, and Marshall Pratt were also members. Many members of Broken Heart have gone on to become solo artists, music producers, worship leaders and pastors.

In 1987, the band received a Rock Album of The Year GMA Dove Award for Crack the Sky.[13] That same year, they received a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance by a Duo, Group, Choir, or Chorus.[14]

About this period (1982–1991), LeFevre said, "I was a Christian musician who preached a little, worshiped a little, and rocked a lot."[15] Then in 1989, his past drug abuse caught up with him, and suffered a massive heart attack on a tour bus that summer while touring with White Heart. Doctors advised him to stop touring, but against the physicians advice Mylon completed his scheduled obligations and finished his concert tours.[2] Mylon and Broken Heart would continue touring through 1990 to support Crank It Up. They disbanded after the tour completed.

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.[16]

Following his 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.[17][18]

Discography

Awards

Grammy

GMA Dove Awards

References

  1. ^ Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart biography at NewReleaseTueday.com, 1st paragraph. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  2. ^ a b c d Oord, Bill. "Mylon LeFevre Biography". http://www.tributetomylon.com/biography.htm. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Without Him". Believer's Voice of Victory: 14–17. April 2008. http://www.kcm.org.za/downloads/509c6697a9.pdf. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Moscheo, Joe, The Gospel Side of Elvis, New York, Hachette Book Group, USA, p.105 (2007)
  5. ^ CBNmusic.com, Artists A-Z. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  6. ^ Christian Music Archive page for Mylon. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  7. ^ Collins, Ace, Turn Your Radio On, The Stories Behind Gospel Music's All-time Greatest Songs, Grand Rapids, MI, Zondervan, (1999), p. 62.
  8. ^ Brant, Marly, Freebirds: The Lynyrd Skynyrd Story, New York, Watson-Guptill Publications, (2002) p. 76
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ Third Annual Pipe Dream recording credits listed at Artists Direct. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  11. ^ Christian Music Archive. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  12. ^ Christian Music Archive page for Look Up!. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  13. ^ [1][dead link] Search performed on Past Winners Search page of Grammy.com,accessed 5/19/2009.
  14. ^ 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
  15. ^ See, Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart Artist Profile, found online at http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/artistdetail.php?artist_id=1180
  16. ^ Christian Music Archive page for Faith Hope and Love. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
  17. ^ Mylon LeFevre Ministries homepage, section "Mylon was Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2009-05-19.[dead link]
  18. ^ http://www.emic.org/ Eagle Mountain International Church homepage. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.

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