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Crank it Up (1990)

Updated: Jan 8


Crank it Up is the eighth and final studio album by the Christian rock band Mylon & Broken Heart released in 1990. It is their third album on Star Song Records and was the final album to feature Mylon LeFevre's band Broken Heart.


Crank it Up's highlights include a cover of James Taylor's 1976 song "Shower the People" (#22 Billboard Hot 100, #1 Billboard AC) and the track "Letter from the Front," which got much Christian radio airplay during Operation: Desert Storm in the Gulf War in the early 1990s, especially aimed to those who served in the military. The album is produced by LeFevre, Joe Hardy and Broken Heart guitarist Scott Allen with Cheryl Rogers co-producing "Shower the People."


Crank it Up peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. In 1991, the band earned their fifth and final Grammy nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album and was nominated for two Dove Awards for Rock Album of the Year and Rock Recorded Song of the Year for the title song. Music videos were made for "Shower the People" and "Denomination Demolition."


Track listing

All songs were written by Mylon LeFevre, Joe Hardy, Scott Allen and Ben Hewitt, except where noted.


1. Crank it Up -3:46

2. Denomination Demolition -3:19

3. New Attitude -3:56

4. Letter from the Front -4:55

5. Give it Away -4:30

6. Shower the People (James Taylor) -4:04

7. Dancing in the Light -3:09

8. Heaven (Mylon LeFevre, Joe Hardy, Scott Allen, Ben Hewitt, Trent Argante) -4:09

9. World Changer -3:43

10. Going Home -4:44


Personnel


Mylon & Broken Heart:

Mylon LeFevre -lead vocals

Scott Allen -guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on track 7

Trent Argante -guitar, backing vocals

Ben Hewitt - digital drums

Kenny Bentley -bass guitar, backing vocals

Marshall Pratt -keyboards, backing vocals


Production credits


Mylon LeFevre, Joe Hardy and Scott Allen -producers (all tracks)

Cheryl Rogers -co-producer (track 6)


Radio singles

1990 "Give it Away" -#8 Christian CHR, #3 Christian AC

1990 "Shower the People" -#4 Christian CHR, #4 Christian AC

1991 "Letter from the Front" -#3 Christian CHR, #19 Christian AC

1991 "Going Home" -#25 Christian AC

Previous release: Big World (1989)

Watch the music video of "Denomination Demolition" here:

Watch the music video of "Shower the People" here:


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