John Mark McMillan

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

John Mark McMillan
McMillan performing in May 2019
Background information
Born (1979-11-27) November 27, 1979
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
GenresAlternative rock, contemporary worship
Years active2002–present
LabelsIntegrity Media, Lionhawk


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.

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

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

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 grew up going to church and is a long-time Christian.[9]

He is married to Sarah Kathryn McMillan (née Williams), who is from Vidalia, Georgia.[10] They have three children.[11][12]


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales



Hope Anthology, Volume 1
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: John Mark McMillan
The Song Inside: The Sounds of Breaking Down
  • Released: November 29, 2005
  • Label: John Mark McMillan
The Medicine 1858
Economy 9562316
  • Released: March 4, 2014
  • Label: Lionhawk Records
Mercury & Lightning
  • Released: September 1, 2017
  • Label: Lionhawk Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended Plays

Live albums

  • 2002: Awake (Various Artists)
  • 2014: The Borderland Sessions (Various Artists)
  • 2015: Live at the Knight


  1. 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. "The Heart of John Mark McMillan". RELEVANT Magazine. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  10. "John Mark and Sarah McMillan". Morning Star. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  11. "INTERVIEW: John Mark McMillan". The Blue Indian. theblueindian. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  12. "For the People John Mark McMillan takes residency in 'Borderlands'". hmmagazine. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  13. "John Mark McMillan – Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  14. "John Mark McMillan – Top Christian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  15. "John Mark McMillan – Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  16. "John Mark McMillan – Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  17. "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on September 17, 2015.
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