Thursday, August 29, 2013



Tammy Trent released her debut album back in 1995.  In 2001 she suffered a tragic loss when her husband died in an overseas diving accident.  She documents this in her terrific book LEARNING TO BREATHE AGAIN.  Her latest CD is SUNNY DAYS (2013, September Day Records).  In her bio she says: “This musical offering has brought me to the most beautiful season yet on my personal journey from love to loss and into a deeper understanding of God’s faithful commitment to us through life’s growing moments.”

The opening cut is the title track ‘Sunny Days’.  It is an upbeat pop/dance song and is the first of two songs in a row she writes with main album producer Doug Beiden and Scott Krippayne.  Here are the opening lyrics: “Top down/Embracing the blue skies/Don’t know how long it’s been/No clouds, a sight for these sore eyes/Just want to soak it all in/The gifts You give/Very life that I live/You are my reason/I’ll give You praise/Through the pain/All my days/In every season/But I’m grateful the storm is at an end.”  ‘Glow in the Dark’ is a song of encouragement for the discouraged: “If it feels there’ll never be a way out/And the weight is too much to bare/Don’t forget that even though you may doubt/Hope will always reappear.../You’re not alone, I know you’re gonna get through/You have so much more to give.”

‘We’re Letting Go’ will get your feet moving with its urban beat.  It includes these fun lyrics in a breakdown: “Come on everybody/Come on, come on and lift your hands/Come on everybody/Come on, come on/It’s time to dance/Shake it to the left and move it to the right/Love is gonna lead us to the other side/I know you can/You’ll learn to fly/Come on, come on!”  Next up is a nicely updated version of Tammy’s inspirational signature song ‘Welcome Home’ penned by John Mandeville and originally recorded by Tammy in 1997.  The song speaks of God’s willingness to forgive us and wipe our slates clean if we just repent and turn to Him: “I was taken back when You took me in/Just to wipe my tears away.../Welcome home, My mercy’s waiting/Welcome home to open arms/There’s no shame in your returning/Though you may have wandered far/Welcome home.”

Hillsong United fans will recognize the next song.  Tammy covers Brooke Ligertwood’s ‘You’ll Come’.  David Cleveland plays guitars while Duncan Mullins is on bass.  These words put full confidence in Christ: “We are not shaken, we are not moved/We wait upon You Lord/Mighty Deliverer, triumph and truth/We wait upon You Lord/As surely as the sun will rise/You’ll come back to us/Certain as Your Word endures.../Chains be broken/Lives be healed/Eyes be opened/Christ is revealed.”  ‘Fall at Your Feet’ is one of my favourites on the album.  It reflects on who God is and how we ought to respond to Him: “We bring our broken lives/You hear our desperate cries/All as we fall at Your feet/You see our deepest pain/And make us whole again/All as we fall at Your feet/And worship You/We worship You/And our hands are lifted high/For You can save/From the depths we will cry/And give You praise.”

‘Your Grace is Enough’ is a light adult contemporary song.  It was co-written with Alisa Childers, and Quinlan.  Childers was in Zoegirl and also contributes guest vocals on the chorus here.  These words from the song make it evident where Tammy seeks refuge: “In my heaviness I am confident/That You will never leave/All my brokenness is the evidence/Of the work You’ve done in me/Your grace is enough for me/Your love is the touch I need/When I’m safe in Your arms I’m free/Oh, Your grace is enough for me.”  ‘I’m Running’ was written by Tammy, Chrissy Katina (Zoegirl), and Bobby Tinsley.  It is a happy pop song of testimony that Carly Rae Jepsen fans should check out: “I can’t forget the day we met/My smile it gives it all away/I took a chance, You held my hand and now I’ll never be the same.../So I’m running/Straight to You/With all my broken pieces/The fact is I’m on empty/If Your love does not consume me/I’m running, oooh (3X)/I’m running straight to You.”

One of the co-writers of ‘Stronger Now’ is Doug Beiden.  He has worked with the likes of Mandisa, Carman, and Benny Hester.  This is a song that makes a lot of sense in light of Tammy’s husband’s death: “I never thought/I’d breathe again/Life fought me hard/But here I stand (I’m stronger)/Hey Yeah/Trouble always seemed to find me/But You picked me up and showed me mercy/Now I’m living to praise/Your beautiful Name.”  ‘Don’t Let Him Be The Last To Know’ is a pretty ballad that urges us to turn to Father God in our times of need: “When the day succumbs to night/And when the clouds conceal the light/And when You’re down and feeling low/Don’t let Him be the last to know/When you have grief just lay it down/And put your knees on sacred ground/When you have weight you just can’t tow/Don’t let Him be the last to know/Don’t let Him be.”

Tammy says: “I’m still over the moon excited about sharing my faith and hope with those that feel like leaning in for a listen.”  SUNNY DAYS is a terrific, contemporary, cool sounding, pop/dance album.  Tammy’s talent, message, good looks, and fashion sense, along with her modesty, make her a great role model for young women.  Her vocals are great too!  I’m rating this project 90%.  For more info visit

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Before reading the book LIVE FOREVER (2013, Heritage Builders Books) I really didn’t know a whole lot about Mylon Le Fevre’s past.  He co-wrote this autobiography with his wife Christi.  Mylon and Broken Heart were one of my favourite Christian rock groups during my teen years, along with the likes of Petra, DeGarmo and Key, and Whitecross. I even had the chance to see the band live once in Brantford, Ontario. What a loud show!

This book is a wonderful 112 page, hardcover, rectangular shaped, coffee-table style book.  Mylon’s writing style is very easy to follow and understand. It is very conversational and down to earth.  Mylon’s life story is interspersed with a generous dose of photos spanning his career in music and family life.  This is a true collector’s item and keepsake!

Mylon writes in detail about what it was really like to be a member of a traveling family Southern Gospel music group back in the day.  I appreciate his honesty as he shares both the good and the bad. He then documents how he came to record what some consider the first Christian rock record WE BELIEVE (1969).  A good chunk of the book finds him reminiscing about his stint in mainstream rock and roll.  You will be amazed at some of the stories he tells and some of the people he rubbed shoulders with.  He is candid about his drug use and mindset during that time.

The second half of the book documents how Mylon became a believer in Christ. I will just say it involves him attending a Christian rock concert, but you’ll have to read the book to find out who he saw in concert that night!  You will learn how he made his re-entry into church life. Also, you will find out how Mylon and Broken Heart came to be. Let’s just say, not all Christians were happy about Mylon mixing the Gospel message with rock and roll.  Nevertheless, the band went on to reach many young people for Christ.

In 1989 Mylon experienced a heart attack.  After this, God put him in touch with Kenneth and Gloria Copeland.  Mylon recounts the fascinating story of how they came to minister him.  It wasn’t long after that Mylon was involved in a teaching and preaching ministry.  He married Christi in 1998.  To this day they continue to teach and preach. They have been involved with NASCAR, NBA and NFL in chapel type settings.

In the last part of the book Mylon expounds on his theological beliefs. Those who do not endorse the prosperity gospel will have some trouble with some of what he says. That being said, he does have a lot of good insights into God and His heart and will for us. 

The point of this book is that God can change your life for the better no matter what you have been or are going through.  Never give up hope. God has good things in store for you.  It is He who blesses and the devil who attacks.

Kudos to for publishing such a beautifully presented book by a true music legend. Hop on over to their website and pick up a copy or two!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Amy Lee Grant was born on November 25th, 1960.  She released her debut album, self-titled, in 1978, one month before her high school graduation.  That Fall she performed her first ticketed concert in Fort Worth, Texas.  Her 1982 album AGE TO AGE was a huge success.  One of the tracks on it is ‘El Shaddai’ which Michael Card wrote.  AGE TO AGE was the first Christian album by a solo artist to be certified gold (1983) and the first Christian album to be certified platinum (1985).  Some of my favourite gospel songs of Amy’s over the years have been: ‘I Have Decided’, ‘Angels’, ‘Love of Another Kind’, ‘Lead Me On’, and ‘Saved by Love’.  I had the privilege of seeing Amy live on her HEART IN MOTION tour at Canada’s Wonderland in the early 1990’s.  The songs ‘Baby Baby’ and ‘Every Heartbeat’ from that album really helped her break into the mainstream.  She has won numerous Grammy and Dove Awards

HOW MERCY LOOKS FROM HERE (2013, Sparrow Records) is her first all new studio album since 2003’s SIMPLE THINGS.  It is her seventeenth studio album.  It was produced by Marshall Altman who has produced for the likes of Natasha Bedingfield and Audrey Assad.  Peter York executive produced.  This newest album from Amy debuted at Number 12 on the Billboard 200 chart.  It was also her 16th chart-topping album on the US Christian albums chart.  In the liner notes she writes: “The best part of waiting ten years to release a record of all new songs is the amount of life lived between projects-so much to write about.”  Instrumentalists used include: Jeremy Lutito, Tony Lucido, Tim Lauer, and Tom Bukovac.

A nice pop song ‘If I Could See (What the Angels See)’starts things off.  It is presented in memory of Ruth McGinniss and was written by Amy and album producer Marshall Altman.  The song finds long time DeGarmo and Key member Greg Morrow on drums and is highly optimistic¨”If I could hear what angels hear/The thunderous sound of a crashing tear/Holy, Holy in my ear/I’d never doubt that God is near/If I could hear/I’d see that love will conquer hate/There’s always hope, it’s not too late/I’d find the truth is easy to believe/If I could see.”  ‘Better not to Know’ features Amy’s husband Vince Gill.  It was inspired by the fruit trees planted at Riverstone Farm in the Fall of 1988 in memory of Amy’s grandma who died that year.  This easy listening song uses strings and admits that there is much pain involved in living: “Oh, it’s better not to know/The way it’s gonna go/What will die and what will grow, oh/Oh, nothing stays the same/Life flickers like a flame/As the seasons come and go/Goodbye more than hello/What comes of what we sow/It’s better not to know.”

‘Don’t try so Hard’ is a pretty song written by Ben Glover and Amy Grant.  It features music legend James Taylor and reminds us there is nothing we can do to make God love us more: “When did we start trying to measure up?/When all of this time/Love has been trying to tell us/Don’t try so hard/God gives you grace, you can’t earn it/Stop thinking you’re not worth it/Because you are/He gave you His love and He’s not leaving/Gave you His Son, so you’d believe it/You’re lovely even with your scars/Lovely the way you are/So open up your lovely heart/And don’t try so hard.”  ‘Deep as it is Wide’ is a great song written by Eric Paslay.  He is an American country music singer who has songwriting credits for Love and Theft, Donnie and Marie Osmond, and Eli Young Band.  This song meant a lot to Amy during the last months of her mother’s life.  It features Sheryl Crow, Eric Paslay, and a choir.  Lyrically, it ponders what Heaven is like: “There’s a place at the edge of the sky/Where there’s a love deep as it is wide/The weak are strong, the hungry are all fed/And there’s a breeze from the angels flying over head.../Every nation, color, and creed/Like grace pouring out, far as the eye can see/Singing praises up to a King/’Cause He died for a crowd/Deep as it is wide.”

While recording the vocal for ‘Here’, Amy was holding a baby girl who was born to an addict in the backseat of a car on a cold January night in Nashville.  This light pop song finds God reassuring and calming us when we need it the most: “I am here in the dark/I’m the music in your heart/I’m the song in every corner of the sky/I am here in the light/In the thunder late at night/I am here, I am here/Here/I am here/I am here in the dark/I’m the song inside your heart/I’m the missing piece that you’ve had all along/I am here when you call/When you rise and when you fall/I am here.”  ‘Shovel in Hand’ is performed with Will Hoge, who has opened for the likes of Needtobreathe, Sugarland¸and Shinedown.  It is dedicated to Davis Porter Rice who only lived to be 20.  The song begins with these blunt words: “oLife can change/In the blink of an eye/You don’t know when/And you don’t know why/Forever young/Is a big fat lie/For the one who lives/And the one who dies.”

Amy co-wrote ‘Golden’ with Chris Eaton and Marshall Altman.  It includes angelic vocals and is soothing.  It is a song of honesty and encouragement from a parent to a child: “You are young for a moment/For a moment you are young/And your song and your story/Well it’s only just begun/And the roads you will follow/Only time will tell/Some will feel like Heaven/Some like Hell/But you are loved/You are golden/And the circle won’t be broken/When you sail into the shadow of the storm.”  ‘Our Time is Now’ is an upbeat, catchy pop song, driven by percussion.  One of the co-writers is Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman.  The song makes use of the talents of music icon Carole King, Amy’s five children, and even her father who has dementia!  This song is about appreciating every day we have left on this earth: “Time is illusion/Time is a curse/Time is all these things and worse/But our time is now, ohhhhh/Yeah, our time is now, ohhhhh/Let us sing before our time runs out/I want to sing before my time runs out.” 

‘Not Giving Up’ uses strings and talks about the extreme importance and power of our thought patterns: “If you think you’re gonna fail/Well, you’re probably gonna fail/So tell me, what was all the dreaming for?/And if you think you’re gonna lose/Well, you’re probably gonna lose/So what’s the point in trying anymore?/What you’re looking for, you’ll find/It happens every time.”

The title track ‘How Mercy Looks From Here’ is an inspirational song that finds Vince Gill on mandocello and mandolin.  It was inspired by the great Nashville flood of 2010, the death of Amy’s musician friend Will Owsley¸the death of Amy’s cousin by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, and the marriage of Amy’s oldest daughter Jenny Gill.  The song speaks of God’s faithfulness: “When you face your greatest fear/Losing all that you hold near/Open up your eyes my dear, my dear/That’s when boundless grace appears/Unseen angels hover near/Saints are singing loud and clear/Oh, how mercy looks from here (2X).”  ‘Greet the Day’ penned by Amy Grant and Cindy Morgan, was inspired by a prayer Mary Chapman taught Amy in 1992.  This cheerful sounding song includes these prayerful words: “Lead me to the ones I need/And to the one who’s needing me/I won’t assume the worst is true/And do the best that I can do/A word of kindness, I believe/Is heard throughout eternity/Hey, hey/This is how I greet the day/I greet the day.”  The digital deluxe edition of the album includes the bonus tracks ‘Free’ and ‘Faith’ and the Target edition also includes the song ‘Threaten me with Heaven’. 

HOW MERCY LOOKS FROM HERE is an album of great depth and maturity.  It should be a real treat for Amy’s long time fans.  Amy paints a picture of a God whose love knows no end.  He longs for a relationship with each and every person He has created.  Amy’s music and message is warm and inviting.  The pictures of her accompanying this project are simply beautiful.  I’m rating this CD 95%.  For more info visit



Thursday, August 08, 2013


First cousins Luke Cornelius Prins and Jeremy David Daw were born forty-six days apart.  Their bio says: “During 2003-2004 they simultaneously started a heavy rock band, recorded a Brazilian jazz album, and even found time to tour Finland and Sweden with an orchestra.”  In 2006 they went their own ways, each continuing to play music.  In 2011 the cousins began collaborating on new songs.  They have now formed the group MoPrimo and have released a magnificent new album called BLACKEST SHEEP.  ‘Mo’ is slang for ‘my’ and can also mean ‘more’.   ‘Primo’ means ‘top quality’ and means ‘cousin’ in Portuguese. 

The title track ‘Blackest Sheep’ starts things off.  It is a beautiful classic rock ballad that draws from the New Testament to reflect on the greatness of Christ’s forgiveness: “Down this rabbit hole again, the many ways to judge man/So, they caught her in the act/Who casts the first stone my friend?/Tossed on the ground midst judging men/Ruse set for their King/As He stooped down to write in sand, rocks slipped from their hands/We see Your beauty when we catch You calling in the blackest sheep/It comes in streaming, voice of virtue/Your songs, we love You, the forgiven, the set free.”  On the breezy pop song ‘Everybody Sees You’ MoPrimo make it clear they don’t want to hide their Light under a bushel: “Everybody sees You/Everyone will see You/But not many want to/Not many knew You before/Everybody sees You/Everyone will see You/And some really want to/So let them get to know You more/You more (4X)/Let them get to know You (2X)/Fill up on love/By giving it out/Fill up your life/Share what you got/Fill up on love, the tangible God/Fill up on love.”

‘If I Run’ has an upbeat Celtic feel to it with Don Reed playing fiddle and Michael Kidd playing banjo.  The song points the way to eternal life: “Oh brothers, sisters/It’s straight and narrow/Oh brothers, sisters, it’s straight and narrow/I won’t die/I won’t die/You won’t die, won’t die/We will follow it/We won’t die, won’t die.”  ‘Rose’ is one of five songs on which Jeremy Daw’s younger brother Justin contributes backing vocals.  This romantic song features a Beach Boys type vocal delivery.  Here are some of the words: “What grows the rose and all its constituents?/Fragrance and pedals disclosing elegance/Melts the hearts of all the girls and the boys love to give them/Credence to chivalry/Gentry of excellence/How gently matrons foster, disclosing assurance/Bless the hearts of all the girls when boys bestow honour to them/Melts the hearts of all the boys when girls are respectful of them.”  The following Biblical principle from Proverbs 31 is also included in the lyrics: “Charm is deceitful, beauty is vain, but fearing the Lord is worthy of praise.”

‘Father Son’ includes a nice electric guitar solo and tells the moving story that Jesus told of the prodigal son: “He thought there was freedom seeing his life as a curse/He took his whole blessing, a large estate’s worth/Drained away on lavished living, how quickly gold turns into sand/And now he’s frail with pockets empty, alone on a stranger’s land.../When you’ve forgotten Me, you’re still my son/I’m waiting with open arms, as far as you run.”  ‘Lone Wolf’ is a soft pop song.  It seems to be the song of one going through a separation: “Alone’s a lonely place/My spouse: an empty space/I will see it through/With or without you/With or without you/Cause God’s got you and He’s got me/Fulfilling each and every need/Even good drama; we all love drama.”  Miles is credited with wolf howls on this one.

‘All I Want’ is a very reflective, radio friendly song: “All I want is what the good Lord gives me/Not a double mind and eyes that sway/I make yet want more money/But isn’t that idolatry?.../If one day I get cancer and when I go away/I’ll believe Your love’s my answer, have all I could ask for on that day.”  ‘Mature Spirit’ is one of three songs on which friend Christopher Conley plays electric guitar.  This song uses nautical terminology to describe the journey we call life: “Launch this ship into the ocean/Held up high on salty waves/The crew holds fast bow to stern/The captain grins as anchors raise/All we can be is ready and willing/It’s not up to me/It’s not up to you/Do you know what is written in your heart?/It’s in mine too/It’s in mine too/Peaking waves, the mature spirit crested with eagle’s wings/Her hull cuts over the depths below/Patience is the cargo praised.”

‘Light of Life’ is a cheerful sounding pop song with additional vocals by Jovi Daw.  The song praises Christ: “Piercing shadows, and still the dark could never understand/Life enduring, is calling out to see the Light of Man/Illuminates the mountains, dives deep into the sea/Commanding night at sundown, a lamp before our feet/When the night falls, the Light of Life is living inside of me/Warming every morning/Grows the smallest seed/Sets all life in motion/Gift of life/The Light of Man/Beginning ‘till the End”.  On ‘Kings Alone’ Dave Barton plays trumpet, while Douglas Vieira plays trombone.  Lyrically, it speaks of how we oft become isolated from others in our high tech world: “In a virtual world, you wait by yourself, placed like a toy high on the shelf/A string and a loop that needs to be pulled, to bring out the life you wanted in full.../Ruling kingdoms we call our own, but kings can’t rule when they’re all alone.”  These words prove that this is not a song of despair though: “Our life is fleeting, we’re already leaving/Pray and wait for new hope to come/All will see the hope that has come/The way and the truth/The brightest of light/The morning stars shines through the pitch of the night/Although hope’s unseen, we know to be true/Just from one promise and what it can do.”

‘Someday’ is a happy folk song with Doug Johnson on pedal steel guitar.  It anticipates life eternal in heaven with great joy: “Someday we all will know/Someday we’ll all bow low/Someday we’re going to meet the King/Through the clouds towards the One who saved my soul and sent His Son/Ever present in His love, evermore/It’s beautiful, when You call I will come/The soul will sing forever, the body will decay/The brilliance of jasper and crystals/Suffering no longer, troubles washed away.”  ‘Watching the Days’ is a song of companionship: “My name is your friend, so throw me your cares cause I care for you/Even if you think I don’t, I do/I really do.../No pressure my friend, your heart to defend, and I feel tense too/Even if you doubt, just know, it’s pure/I love you.”

BLACKEST SHEEP is artistic, experimental, and unique.  It is honest and contemplative.  It is a breath of fresh air in the Canadian Christian Music scene.  It is diverse, deep, and never boring.  The vocals are pleasant.  Jeremy Daw of MoPrimo says: “We feel our message is always edifying, clear, endearing and easy to follow...Our hope is that our music points listeners to Christ.”  Fans of the pop sounds of Michael Roe and the Beach Boys should give this one a listen.  I’m rating it 90%.  To purchase visit iTunes and CD Baby. Look for a website at soon. You can also check them out on Facebook!


Saturday, August 03, 2013


The same year that Petra put out BEYOND BELIEF, Mylon and Broken Heart released their final album CRANK IT UP (1990, Star Song Records).  Producers used on the album are: Scott Allen, Joe Hardy, Mylon Le Fevre, and Cheryl Rogers.  Michael Gleason contributes background vocals.

The title track ‘Crank it Up’ is a killer rock song that lyrically is a cry for spiritual revival: “I wanna live for Jesus and not just survive/I need the power of God to kick me into overdrive/C’mon and crank it up/There’s power in Your Name/C’mon and crank it up/Turn up the Holy flame/Crank it up (2X)/When I need it the most/You crank it up.”  ‘Denomination Demolition’ is a meaty, punch-filled rocker.  It is a plea for unity in the Body of Christ: “One church, one heart/This was God’s intention from the start/No fuss, no fight/We can walk together in the Light/It’s so important that we catch the vision/Stand up for Jesus and renounce religion/Denomination Demolition/Life shouldn’t be a competition/We can fulfill the great commission/Denomination Demolition.”

‘New Attitude’ sounds like something out of DeGarmo and Key’s catalogue.  It speaks to the fact that our relationship with God should transform us: “He’s the God of the chosen few/He’s making everything brand new/We need a new attitude/This is no time to play/New attitude/We need to do it God’s way/New attitude/We need it every day/We need a new attitude.”  ‘Letter from the Front’ is a light pop song on which Stutz Wimmer plays saxophone.  It is a song of exhortation: “Pastors and teachers/Disciple His children/And tend to your flock/Prophets and preachers/Keep sharing the Gospel/Of Jesus our Rock/And for all the intercessors/Who deal with all the pressures/Don’t get discouraged/Cause His love is keeping you strong.”

‘Give it Away’ is a mellow track that talks of sharing what God has given us with others: “You can make a difference/You can lead the way/Jesus is the Answer/So let’s give His love away/Give it away/When you find a ray of hope/That shines like a priceless treasure/Give it away/When you find the love of Jesus/Upon you without measure.”  A cover of James Taylor’s song of warmth ‘Shower the People’ follows: “Shower the people you love with love/Show them the way you feel/Things are gonna be much better/If you only will/Shower the people you love with love/Show them the way you feel/Things are gonna work out fine/If you only will.”

‘Dancing in the Light’ is a forgettable number that includes these words: “All my fears just fade away/When I’m dancing in the light/I feel like a child today/Cause I’m dancing in the light.”  ‘Heaven’ is a joyful rock song that anticipates the jubilation awaiting us in heaven: “Seems like I finally caught a glimpse of heaven/And what I see is blowing me away/Cause heaven’s gates are open wide/And I can see myself inside/I’m gonna go to heaven/Gonna walk down the streets of gold/I’m gonna go to heaven/Breaking away from horizontal hold/I’m gonna go to heaven/And see where the living waters flow/I’m gonna go to heaven/Don’t you want to go...well?”

‘World Changer’ is a catchy rocker.  This song reveals that Mylon truly wants to be sensitive to the Lord’s leading: “There’s always some place new to go/Wearing a ministry disguise/Lord help me hear You if You tell me no/Help me to be wise/Help me not to do more than I should/Even if it’s in the name of doing good/I just need to know Your will today/And I don’t want to get in Your way.”  ‘Going Home’ includes these words of encouragement: “Press on toward the goal/And keep on fighting the fight/With Jesus in control/We’ll finally see the light.”

While on tour Mylon suffered a massive heart attack.  This put an end to his rocking out days.  CRANK IT UP is a very solid rock record with great vocals and messages.  It stands the test of time.  I’m rating it 87% just like its predecessor BIG WORLD.  Mylon Le Fevre has since released a couple of much lighter Christian records musically.  1992 brought FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE, and 2003 brought BOW DOWN.  Mylon and his wife Christi currently teach and preach.  He has spoken at motorcycle rallies, NFL and NBA chapel services, and NASCAR chapel services.  He says: “I have never enjoyed anything as much as ministering the gospel to people and watching it change their lives for the better.  It is the best news on this planet!”  He adds: “We believe our future in the Lord is very bright and full of promise.”  For more info visit


Friday, August 02, 2013


The songwriters on Mylon and Broken Heart’s 1989 release BIG WORLD (Star Song Records) include: Mylon Le Fevre, Scott Allen, Trent Argante, Kenny Bentley, Ed Carswell, Joe Hardy, Jerome Olds, and Oliver Wells.  The album was produced by Joe Hardy and Mylon Le Fevre and has what I deem to be a very cool front cover!

The title track ‘Big World’ is a splendid album opener.  It is a heavy electric guitar driven rock song that encourages believers to press on in their faith: “You’re tempted to give in/But I know that you can win/So keep lookin’ at the goal/Cause God is in control/Look and see, He’s made the world for you/So stand up and fight and He will see you through (Big World!)/There’s a big world out there/It’s waiting just for you and you and you and you/Let them all see Jesus/In everything you do/(Look out, Big World!).”  ‘Love Comes Down’ is a melodic pop song that encourages us to be receptive to the spiritual help only God can offer us: “When you finally reach for help/You can move ahead and leave the past behind/If you are willing/He is able/To let the power of His Word renew your mind/So don’t run when Love comes down/You can’t hide when you’ve been found/You gotta face Love/When Love comes down.”

‘Falling in Love’ is a terrific upbeat rocker.  This song makes it clear that God is willing to free us from what holds us back from Him: “On my knees I found You/Waiting there for me/You held the missing peace/When I was still bound/You freely turned the key/Securing my release/Love was calling/Right out of the blue/You took my fear of falling/When I fell in love with You.”  ‘Face to Face’ is a pretty song that finds the group longing for Christ: “Deep in my heart a fire burns/Cause I just can’t wait for Your return/And when You call, I’ll finally be free from me/I’m holding on until the day/That I am going to see...My Lord.”

‘Jesus, It’s You’ is a moving ballad that speaks of being sold out to Christ: “I look over Jordan and I see eternity/A great cloud of witnesses calling out, encouraging me/To press on for the prize/To lay this world aside in all I do/Lord keep my eyes on You/There is no room in my heart/You have consumed every part/Everything else I must refuse/There’s no room in my heart/For anything but You.”  ‘Turn the Tables on Me’ has a similar message as Petra’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, and picks up the pace musically: “My heart belongs to Jesus/But it’s trapped inside of me/Trying to live for Him/But the world won’t let me be/I know my spirit’s willing/But my flesh is not as strong/I want to do what’s right/Oh, but sometimes I’m so wrong.”

‘Remember the Future’ has a party rock sound.  It is a good song for believers to listen to when discouraged: “Remember the future/Cause what He says will be/Remember the future/What it means to you and me/Remember the future/Cause it will never fade away/Remember the future/It just might be today.”  ‘Let Love Conquer’ has a Michael Jackson vibe to it.  The chorus contains some basic, but too often ignored, advice for us: “Don’t put down your brother/Let Love conquer/Please don’t hurt each other/Let Love conquer.”

‘The Distance’ points to Christ as mankind’s ultimate Hope: “Big, big world/Racing for the top/People chasing treasure/And they’re losing what they’ve got/I know I can help them Lord-if you just help me/I know if they’ll listen to You-You will set them free.”  ‘Movin’ On’ is a touching ballad with a conversational feel to it: “I opened up my heart/As Your Spirit moved inside/You wanted all of me/I gave in willingly/But before too long/The feelings were all gone/I had to walk by faith/And faith alone/So I’ll just keep movin’ on/I can’t stay here too long/Cause the road I’m on is leading to Your throne/I’ll just keep movin’ on/Cause I know before too long/You will come and take me home.”

BIG WORLD was certainly an album that encouraged me in my faith in my teenage years.  It still holds up as a great Christian rock record with touches of pop thrown in.  I’m rating it 87%.  The vocals are great!  I had the pleasure of going to see this tour live in Brantford, Ontario with my church youth group at an arena.  Man was it loud! Our ears were ringing!  For more info visit


Thursday, August 01, 2013


From 1970 to 1980 Mylon Le Fevre recorded and performed with the likes of Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, and the Who.  He almost died of a heroin overdose in 1973.  In 1980 he attended a 2nd Chapter of Acts concert and became a Christian.  The next year he began a Christian band named The Gathering Ground Band.  They changed their name to Airborn and then in 1982 became Broken Heart.  Their debut release was BRAND NEW START.  Fast forward to 1987 when Mylon Le Fevre and Broken Heart released CRACK THE SKY (Myrrh Records).  It won the Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year.  The group also won a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance by a Duo, Group, Choir, or Chorus.  At the time the group’s roster was: Mylon Le Fevre(vocals, guitars)¸Ben Hewitt (digital drums, percussion), Kenneth Bentley (bass, vocals), Scott Allen (guitars, vocals), Paul Joseph (synthesizers and vocals), and Trent Argante (guitars, vocals).

‘Crack the Sky’ is a great pop rock anthem.  It has the band yearning for the Rapture: “I know You’ve got me where You want me to be/I know You’ve got a plan to use even me/But I long for You/I long for You/So now I’ll work until You’re ready for me/But I don’t know if I can guarantee/That I’ll never cry/Never try to get to You/Come on and crack the sky for me/Come on and crack the sky and take me home/Tonight.”  ‘Love God, Hate Sin’ is a manly rock number that was later covered by gospel rap artist Stephen Wiley.  It urges us to be holy: “It’s either black or white, so don’t look for grey/The lights are flashing ‘Keep out´ where you want to go play/Religion makes it harder/With its prisons and its rules/But in the end you’re either with/The wise men or the fools/Love God, hate sin/Refuse to lose, live to win/Love God, hate sin.”

‘Closer than a Heartbeat’ speaks of intimacy with God: “You know my thoughts and my intentions/You know the purpose of my heart/Before I speak, You know the words I’ll say/You know my needs before I even pray/You stay close to me/Closer than a heartbeat/I’ll stay close to You/Closer and closer, I need to get closer/You stay close to me/Closer than a heartbeat.”  ‘Give it Up’ is a funky pop song about spiritual surrender: “Find the One who loves you/Let Him change your mind/Give yourself to Jesus/Leave your self behind/Give it up-give it up to Jesus/Give it up-you’ve got to give it to the King/Give it up-give it up to Jesus/Give it up-you’ve got to give Him everything.”

‘I Belong’ is a ballad that asks a couple of great questions: “Why am I so complacent?/Why do I waste my time/Getting lost inside myself and straying from Your side?”  ‘Let Me Be The One’ reminds us that we as Christians are to witness for Christ: “So many times I refused to share/About Your love and the way You care/’Cause in my heart I was just afraid/To tell my friends of the price You paid/Who will You send if I don’t go?/How will they learn, they’ve got to know/The time is short, I just can’t wait/They need to see, before it’s too late.”  ‘Reach for the Sky’ is a good song that encourages us to have an active, personal relationship with God the Father: “Open up communication/Let your heart be known/You don’t need an invitation/To come before His throne/And receive His grace and mercy/His strength in time of need/And He will help you/To fight the fight and win the race/With power and might to crush the night.”

I like the following words from ‘Heart on Fire’: “He’ll keep this fire burning as long as I believe/Love is in the learning/And I’m learning on my knees.”  ‘For My Growing’ is a mellow duet that deals with our vulnerability as believers.  Here are some of the lyrics from this duet with Carole Ford¨”Jesus, although I may stand these storms/Like I’m made out of stone/You hear the songs that I cry/When I’m weary and all alone/You see the years that have come too fast/And the pain that goes so slow/Yet like rain to a garden/When the ground becomes hardened/I know You’re using it all to help me grow.”  The album ends with ‘Doxology Prayer’ which states: “You may ask me how I know He lives/Praise God He lives within my heart!”

CRACK THE SKY begins with two superb, powerful songs.  Unfortunately, after that the album tanks musically.  Many of the songs, though having a good message, are mediocre pop at best.  There are a lot of songs that simply aren’t memorable.  Mylon and Broken Heart would greatly improve with later releases.  I’m rating CRACK THE SKY 70% and recommending it to fans of Petra, Hall and Oates, and White Heart.  For more info visit