John Mark McMillan

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John Mark McMillan
McMillan performing at the Tri-Point Club in San Antonio, Texas on March 29, 2010.
Background information
Born (1979-11-27) November 27, 1979 (age 35)
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Genres Alternative rock, contemporary worship
Years active 2002–present
Labels Integrity Media

John Mark McMillan[1] (born November 27, 1979) is a songwriter and musician within the Christian music industry.


In 2002, he released his debut album Hope Anthology, Volume 1. In 2005 he released The Song Inside the Sounds of Breaking Down, which included the track "How He Loves". The song was successful despite the album's independent release, and has been covered by several well-known artists within the Christian music industry (David Crowder Band,[2][3] Kim Walker, Jared Anderson, Todd Agnew, New Breed, Flyleaf, The Glorious Unseen, Hillsong Music Australia, Kari Jobe, Diante do Trono, Ana Paula Valadão). The song has sentimental meaning for McMillan, who wrote it following the death of a dear friend who, during a church staff meeting, prayed out loud "If it would shake the youth of a nation, I will give my life today." McMillan was awakened in the middle of the same night by a phone call; the friend had been killed in a car crash. He wrote "How He Loves" the next morning as, "a celebration of a God who would want to hang with us...despite who we are".[4] The song took more than a year to surface in the Christian mainstream, but has gone on to become a commonly played worship song on Christian radio and throughout church organizations.

He was briefly associated with Integrity Music and released The Medicine and re-released The Song Inside The Sounds of Breaking Down through them.

His most recent album was successfully funded by Kickstarter where he raised close to double the goal. McMillan released the "Borderland" through his independent record label Lionhawk Records.[5]

"Borderland speaks to the idea of the 'place between places,'" said McMillan in a press release, "which is where I feel I've been living as a person, as an artist, and as a believer for a couple of years. While few things describe the Christian experience more than the 'place between places,' it is also a concept everyone can relate to. We all walk lines between work and family, love and responsibility, art and commerce, passion and business and so on. Many of these songs are my commentary from a life between the crevices and on the verge."[6]

The album debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Christian Album chart and No. 41 on Billboard's Top 200 chart.[7]

Personal life[edit]

McMillan's parents are Robert "Robin" Agnew McMillan and Donna Boggs Wilson McMillan, and he is the eldest of four siblings. He has two younger brothers, Christopher Robin and Andrew Wilson, followed by his only sister, Mary Kathryn.[1][8]

He is married to Sarah Kathryn McMillan (née Williams), who is from Vidalia, Georgia.[9]


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • 2002: Awake (Various Artists)
  • 2014: The Borderland Sessions (Various Artists)


  1. ^ a b McLean-Bridges, Gretchen Annette. "Descendants of William Alex McLean and Sue Elizabeth Gudger: Sixth Generation". The William Alexander & Sue Gudger McLean Family. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  2. ^ McMillan, John Mark (14 September 2009). "How He Loves, David Crowder, and Sloppy Wet Kisses…". John Mark McMillan. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Christian Songs". Billboard. 19 December 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  4. ^ McMillan, John Mark. "How He Loves: A Song Story". Vimeo. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Sarachik, Justin (25 February 2014). "John Mark McMillan's 'Borderland' Releases March 4 After Successful Kickstarter Campaign". BREAHEcast. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "John Mark McMillan Set To Release Indie Album March 4, 2014". NRT Media Inc. 4 January 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "John Mark McMillan's Borderland Makes No.4 Debut On Christian Album Chart". Jesus Freak Hideout. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "An Evening of Ministry with Robin McMillan, Special music with John Mark McMillan – Sunday, May 6 @ 6 PM". New Life Christian Center. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "John Mark and Sarah McMillan". Morning Star. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 

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