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Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart

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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.[2] 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.[3]

In 1970, Mylon formed a band called the Holy Smoke Doo Dah Band. Band members included Auburn Burrell, guitar, J.P. Lauzon, guitar, Marty Simon, drums, Tom Robb, bass, and Lester Langdale, keyboards.[4] 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." [5] J.R. Cobb, another member of Classics IV, would later form a band called The Atlanta Rhythm Section. 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 from ARS's album Third Annual Pipe Dream.[6]

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.[7] Though Mylon's life was headed out of control, the album, originally entitled Mylon (and alternately titled We Believe) on Cotillion Records is regarded by some as one of the first Christian rock albums.

Straying From The faith

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, toured, or socialized with Eric Clapton, Elton John, Alvin Lee, Billy Joel, Duane Allman, Berry Oakley, Little Richard, the Who[8], Yes, Ten Years After, Rick Derringer, Traffic, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Charlie Daniels, Tina Turner, Willie Nelson, Mick Fleetwood, Mountain, Felix Pappalardi, ZZ Top, and Grand Funk Railroad.[9] This period of his life was marked by heavy drug use. After a near-fatal heroin overdose in 1979, he began his return to the Christian faith.

The Prodigal Returns

In 1980, LeFevre "committed [his] life to Jesus" and stopped performing secular music.[10] He got a job as a janitor at his church, Mt. Paran Church of God, in Atlanta. He started a Christian band called Mylon and Broken Heart in 1981 with some musicians he met in a Bible study. A small offshoot gospel label from MCA Records known as Songbird released his "comeback" album Brand New Start in 1981.[11]

Over the next ten years, he released twelve 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 commercially successful.

In 1987, the band received a Rock Album of The Year GMA Dove Award for Crack the Sky.[12] That same year, they received a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance by a Duo, Group, Choir, or Chorus.[13]

About this period (1982-1991), LeFevre said, "I was a Christian musician who preached a little, worshipped a little, and rocked a lot."[14] 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.

Later, LeFevre became a preacher and a teacher, and his recordings focused on worship and praise music. 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.

He is the father-in-law of Peter Furler of the Christian band Newsboys.

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Overall Rating computed from Album Ratings
Year Title Rating Views
1992 Faith, Hope & Love 1125
1991 Heart A Decade of Love; 873
1990 Crank it Up 1532
1989 Big World 1472
1988 Face the Music 1396
1988 Greatest Hits 1385
1987 Crack the Sky 1706
1986 Look Up 1372
1985 Sheep in Wolves Clothing 1356
1984 More 1276
1983 Live Forever 1091
1983 My Heart Belongs To Him 920
1982 Brand New Start 1147
1970 We Believe 999

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