Mylon LeFevre, a pioneering force in contemporary Christian music known for his Southern rock-infused brand of gospel, passed away on September 8th 2023, due to long battle with cancer. LeFevre’s death has prompted an outpouring of tributes from fans, musicians and the Christian community celebrating his memorable legacy.
Born in Gulfport, Mississippi in 1944, LeFevre grew up performing with his family’s Southern gospel quartet. But it was in the 1970s that he carved out his unique niche, fusing faith-based lyrics with rock rhythms to create a progressive new sound aimed at engaging secular youth audiences.
LeFevre formed the band Mylon and Broken Heart in the mid-70s. Their album “Crack the Sky” was a breakthrough, spawning Christian radio hits like “Sweet Victory” that resonated with a generation of young believers. LeFevre’s authentic performance style coupled with innovative musical arrangements made his brand of Christian rock accessible in a way few had achieved before.
Over his long career, LeFevre used his platform not just for music, but ministry. His concerts evolved into revivals where he’d preach and lead youth to Christ by the thousands. Mylon and Broken Heart toured extensively nationwide, selling out arenas and exposing Christian rock to the masses.
His goal was always to bring new audiences, especially disenchanted youth, into the church through the connective power of rock. LeFevre’s openness about his faith journey through drug addiction and the vagabond lifestyle made his message relatable. His legacy became defined by his focus on redemption and using his talents for evangelism.
Beyond his pioneering sound, LeFevre co-founded the gospel label One Way Records in the 1970s which expanded Christian contemporary music distribution and signing new talent. The label proved instrumental in building what became the Christian music industry.
LeFevre’s sudden passing prompted many online tributes from Christian artists across genres who praised his innovation and ministry. “He broke down barriers with his music,” wrote singer Michael W. Smith. Author Brennan Manning called LeFevre’s onstage ministry “radically honest” in reflecting real struggles.
Mylon LeFevre wife shared the Memoria Post on Facebook by writing:-
Mylon Le Fevre
10-6-44 to 9-8-23
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” I Timothy 6:12 NKJV
When we discussed heaven through the years, Mylon was most excited about receiving the soul winner’s crown. With his contemporary Christian rock band, Mylon and Broken Heart, he had the privilege of leading over 250,000 youth to Jesus. He cherished all the years of music ministry and the countless lives touched through his songs but his greatest joy was teaching the Word of God, especially through our broadcast, On the Road to Freedom. (This pic was his fave spot.)
Throughout the last years of this intense non-stop battle, never once did I hear him falter in his good confession of faith. In every broadcast and church service, many witnesses can attest to his bold declaration: JESUS IS MY HEALER.
Until his very last breath he fought the good fight of faith. He finished his race. He kept the faith. II Timothy 4:7
My honey, we discussed many times how we both daily answered the call for the holy affirmation that I know you are now hearing,
“Well done good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”
My love, you are finally enjoying in this moment what you affectionately referred to as “the first day of forever.”
It has been my highest honor and privilege for God to trust me with you these past 25 years.
All my love, Christi
John L. Cooper Author of Awake & Alive of the Truth also shared a grief note on Facebook by writing:-
I just found out that my good friend, mentor, and Christian music veteran, Mylon LeFevre @mylonchristilefevre passed away last night. I don’t know what to say. Mylon was a hero; one of a kind. I’m gonna miss him. Much love to his wife Christi.
While health issues had slowed LeFevre’s public appearances in recent years, his mountainous impact on Christian music remains. The musical trailblazer’s unique style and dedication to his faith was an inspiration. He leaves a legacy of using creative expression like none before him to share his believes and touch endless lives. Even decades later, the songs of Mylon LeFevre continue ministering to legions of fans worldwide.