Mylon LeFevre, the illustrious founding member of Mylon and Broken Heart, known for their 1987 album “Crack the Sky,” which earned a GRAMMY Award for Best Gospel Performance by a Duo, Group, Choir, or Chorus, passed away at the age of 78 on Friday, September 8. His wife, Christi LeFevre, shared this sad news in a statement posted on Facebook. LeFevre’s life was deeply intertwined with gospel music, beginning with his upbringing in the renowned southern gospel family group, The LeFevres. He embarked on his musical journey at a tender age, singing and performing alongside them.
Mylon LeFevre’s solo singing career took flight at the young age of 17 when he penned his inaugural song, “Without Him.” His remarkable talent came to the forefront when he performed this song at the National Quartet Convention in Memphis, Tennessee, during his time in the army. His performance caught the attention of none other than Elvis Presley, who was so impressed that he later recorded “Without Him” for his 1967 album, “How Great Thou Art.” LeFevre then launched his solo career with the release of his debut album, “New Found Joy,” in 1964, followed by “Your Only Tomorrow” in 1968.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, LeFevre collaborated with an array of music luminaries, including The Who, Elton John, George Harrison, Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, Berry Oakley, Little Richard, and Billy Joel. In 1981, after a period of focusing on secular music, LeFevre founded Mylon and Broken Heart. The band played a pivotal role in his career, contributing to 10 of LeFevre’s 22 albums. Their outstanding work culminated in the 1988 GMA Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year for “Crack the Sky.”
Recognizing his significant contributions to gospel music, Mylon LeFevre was honored with induction into the Gospel Hall of Fame in 2005, solidifying his enduring legacy in the world of music.