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 including the David Crowder Band.[2][3] 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.[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.[citation needed]

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

McMillan released Borderland through his independent record label Lionhawk Records after a successful Kickstarter campaign, where he raised close to double the goal.[5][6] The album debuted at No. 41 on the Billboard 200 and No. 4 on Billboard‍ '​s Top Christian Album 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 April 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ McMillan, John Mark (September 14, 2009). "How He Loves, David Crowder, and Sloppy Wet Kisses…". John Mark McMillan. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Christian Songs". Billboard. December 19, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ McMillan, John Mark. "How He Loves: A Song Story". Vimeo. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Sarachik, Justin (February 25, 2014). "John Mark McMillan's 'Borderland' Releases March 4 After Successful Kickstarter Campaign". BREAHEcast. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "John Mark McMillan Set To Release Indie Album March 4, 2014". NRT Media Inc. January 4, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "John Mark McMillan's Borderland Makes No.4 Debut on Christian Album Chart". Jesus Freak Hideout. March 13, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 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 February 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "John Mark and Sarah McMillan". Morning Star. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 

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