Israel Houghton

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Israel Houghton
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Background information
Also known as Israel & New Breed
Born (1971-05-19) May 19, 1971 (age 42)
Oceanside, California, U.S.
Genres Contemporary Christian, gospel, contemporary worship
Occupations Singer-songwriter, producer, arranger
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion, bass, trumpet, ukulele,
Years active 1997—present
Labels Integrity
Associated acts Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff, CeCe Winans, Michael W. Smith, Toby Mac, Fred Hammond, Chris Tomlin, Marvin Sapp, Johnny Lang, Jonathan Butler, Kirk Franklin, Lucia Parker, T-BONE, Mary Mary,
Notable instruments
Fender Rhodes

Israel Houghton (pronounced, hoh’-tin) (born May 19, 1971) is a Grammy Award-winning American Christian music artist, worship leader and singer-songwriter, mostly known for his cross-cultural style of Christian music that fuses elements from gospel, jazz and rock. Houghton is usually credited as Israel & New Breed and currently signed to Integrity Music. Houghton is a worship leader at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. "All Around" is on the Digital Praise PC game Guitar Praise.



Houghton has earned two gold-selling albums, seven-teen Dove Awards, two Stellar Awards, a Soul Train Award, and four Grammy® Awards—for "Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album" for The Power of One, “Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album” for A Deeper Level, “Best Traditional Gospel Album” for Alive In South Africa, and “Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album” for Love God, Love People.


Houghton produced an album by Michael Gungor called "Bigger Than My Imagination". This album was described as "one of the year's best worship albums" in a 2003 Christianity Today review.[1]

Other performances[edit]

Houghton has served as worship leader for the Promise Keepers and Champions for Christ events, as well as the Hillsong Conference 2006—2010, and Hillsong Conference Europe 2008-2010. Israel currently serves as a worship leader (alongside Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff, Steve Crawford and Da'dra Crawford-Greathouse) at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, pastored by Joel Osteen.

Israel and New Breed accompanied Alicia Keys at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards for a performance of George Michael's "Freedom '90."

Israel and New Breed performed at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards, taking part in a segment saluting Gospel music, alongside the likes of Aretha Franklin and BeBe Winans.

Houghton also sang with Michael W Smith on his 2008 Album, "A New Hallelujah", recorded at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX.

Personal life[edit]

Houghton's biological mother is white, his father is black. His mother was 17 when she got pregnant. It was suggested she have an abortion, but she refused. Houghton and his wife Meleasa, and his three children, Mariah, Israel, and Milan 'Lillie' reside in Kingwood, Texas.[2][3]



Whisper It Loud

Nueva Generacion

  • Released: April 1, 2001
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Integrity

New Season

  • Released: July 31, 2001
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Integrity


  • Released: October 29, 2002
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Integrity
  • Tracks: 1. Prelude, 2. Better, 3. Get Up, 4. 'Bout It 'Bout It, 5. Real, 6. Nothing Else Matters, 7. Go Back, 8. Taste And See, 9. Weight Of Your Glory, 10. Magnificent And Holy, 11. Don't Want To Leave/I Still Love You

Live From Another Level

  • Released: May 4, 2004
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Integrity
  • Tracks: Disc 1: 1. Come In From The Outside, 2. Again I Say Rejoice, 3. Again I Say Rejoice (Reprise), 4. We Win, 5. All Around, 6. You’ve Made Me Glad, 7. I Hear The Sound, 8. Spoken Word by Bishop Garlington, 9. So Easy To Love You. Disc 2: 1. Friend of God, 2. Spontaneous Worship, 3. Friend, 4. Friend Medley, 5. Rise Within Us, 6. Another Breakthrough, 7. Lord Of The Breakthrough, 8. Breath Into Me, 9. Awesome Medley, 10. Here I Am To Worship, 11. Holy, 12. Going To Another Level

Alive In South Africa

  • Released: October 25, 2005
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Integrity

A Timeless Christmas

  • Released: September 26, 2006
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Integrity

A Deeper Level

  • Released: September 4, 2007
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Integrity

The Power of One

  • Released: March 24, 2009
  • Format: CD/Digital Download
  • Label: Integrity/Columbia
  • Tracks: 14
  • Bonus tracks: "Others" (iTunes pre-order)

Love God, Love People

  • Released: August 31, 2010
  • Format: CD/Digital Download
  • Label: Integrity/Columbia
  • Bonus tracks: "Love God Love People (Incorporated Elements Remix)" (iTunes)


  • Released: March 5, 2012
  • Format: CD/Digital Download
  • Label: Integrity
  • Bonus tracks: "Hosanna (Live)" (iTunes)
  • Singles: "Jesus At The Center"

Jesus at the Center: Live

  • Released: August 14, 2012
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Integrity/Columbia
  • Singles: "It's Not Over (When God is in It)", "Your Presence is Heaven"

Other recordings[edit]

  • "Champions for Christ" – Hi5 (Worship Leader, 2002)
  • "Where Are the Fathers?" from He-Motions (EMI Gospel, 2004)
  • "Send Me to the Nations" from A Wing & A Prayer (EMI Gospel, 2003)
  • Lakewood Live: We Speak to Nations (Integrity, 2002)
  • Lakewood Live: Cover the Earth (Integrity, 2004)
  • Lakewood Live: The Gift
  • Lakewood Live: Free to Worship
  • Free Chapel Live: Moving Forward
  • Lakewood Live: Hope for Today Worship[4]
  • Free Chapel Live: Power of the Cross (Integrity, 2009)
  • New Breed Live: Generation Love (2009)
  • Free Chapel Live: Echo


Year Award-giving body Award
2005[5] Stellar Awards Male Vocalist of the Year for Live from Another Level
2005 Stellar Awards Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year for Live from Another Level
2004[6] Dove Awards CD of the Year for Live from Another Level
2004 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year for "Again I Say Rejoice"
2006[7] Grammy Awards Best Traditional Gospel Album for "Alive in South Africa"
2008[8] Grammy Awards Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for " A Deeper Level"
2010 Grammy Awards Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for "The Power Of One"
2011 Grammy Awards Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for "Love God. Love People."


  1. ^ "ChristianityToday album review". 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Gentry, Charles. "Israel Houghton: Keeping Jesus At The Center". Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Lakewood Church web site - url:
  5. ^ "20th Annual Stellar Award Winners". 
  6. ^ "Israel & New Breed". The Envelope. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  7. ^ "Grammy Award Winners". The Recording Academy. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Grammy Nomination List". 

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