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 44)
Oceanside, California, U.S.
Genres Contemporary Christian, gospel, contemporary worship
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, producer, arranger
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active 1997–present
Labels Integrity, RCA Inspiration
Associated acts New Breed, Elevation Worship, Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff, CeCe Winans, Michael W. Smith, Martha Munizzi, Ricardo Sanchez
Website israelhoughton.net
Notable instruments
Fender Rhodes

Israel Houghton (pronounced, hoh’-tin) (born May 19, 1971) is an American Christian music artist, worship leader and singer-songwriter. He is known for his cross-cultural style of Christian music that fuses elements from gospel, jazz, rock and reggae.[not verified in body] Houghton is usually credited as Israel & New Breed. Houghton is a worship leader at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.[not verified in body] "All Around" is on the Digital Praise PC game Guitar Praise.[not verified in body]

Career[edit]

Production[edit]

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 2006–10, and Hillsong Conference Europe 2008–10. Israel currently serves as a worship leader (alongside Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff, Steve Crawford and Da'dra Crawford-Greathouse) at Lakewood Church in Houston, 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 mother is white and biological father is black. His mother was 17 when she got pregnant. It was suggested she have an abortion, but she refused. His mother named him after she turned in the Bible and it was the first word she saw after she was introduced to Christ. Houghton and his wife Meleasa, and his three children, Mariah, Israel and Milan lillie' reside in Kingwood, Texas. [2]

Discography[edit]

Year Album details Certifications
1997 Whisper It Loud
2001 Nueva Generacion
  • Released: April 1
  • Label: Integrity
  • Format: CD
2001 New Season (Live)
  • Released: July 31
  • Label: Integrity
  • Format: CD
2002 Real
  • Released: October 29
  • Label: Integrity
  • Format: CD
2004 Live From Another Level
  • Released: May 4
  • Label: Integrity
  • Format: CD/DVD
US: Gold[3]
2005 Alive in South Africa
  • Released: October 25
  • Label: Integrity
  • Format: CD/DVD
US: Gold[4]
2006 A Timeless Christmas
  • Released: September 26
  • Label: Integrity
  • Format: CD
2007 A Deeper Level
  • Released: September 4
  • Label: Integrity
  • Format: CD/DVD
2009 The Power of One
  • Released: March 24
  • Label: Integrity/Columbia
  • Format: CD/Digital download
2010 Love God, Love People
  • Released: August 31
  • Label: Integrity/Columbia
  • Format: CD/Digital download
2012 Decade
  • Released: March 5
  • Label: Integrity
  • Format: CD/Digital download
2012 Jesus at the Center: Live
  • Released: August 14
  • Label: Integrity/Columbia
  • Format: CD/DVD
2015 Covered: Alive in Asia
  • Released: July 24
  • Label: RCA Inspiration
  • Format: CD

Other recordings[edit]

  • 2002: "Champions for Christ" – Hi5 (worship leader)
  • 2004: "Where Are the Fathers?" from He-Motions (EMI Gospel)
  • 2003: "Send Me to the Nations" from A Wing & A Prayer (EMI Gospel)
  • 2002: We Speak to Nations (Lakewood Live; Integrity)
  • 2004: Cover the Earth (Lakewood Live; Integrity)
  • 2006: The Gift: A Christmas Presentation (Lakewood Live)
  • 2007: Free to Worship (Lakewood Live)
  • 2007: Moving Forward (Free Chapel Live)
  • 2008: Hope For Today Worship (Lakewood Worship, Vol. 2)[5]
  • 2009: Free Chapel Live: Power of the Cross (Integrity)
  • 2009: New Breed Live: Generation Love
  • 2011: Echo: Forward Conference (Free Chapel Live)
  • 2014: Covenant Worship: Kingdom

Awards and nominations[edit]

Among the awards that Houghton has won includes four Grammy Awards; three for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album and one for Best Traditional Gospel Album for Alive In South Africa.

Year Association Category Work Result
2005 Stellar Awards Male Vocalist of the Year Live from Another Level[6] Won
Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year Live from Another Level Won
Dove Awards Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year "Friend of God" Nominated
Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year[7] Live from Another Level – Israel & New Breed Won
Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year for "Again I Say Rejoice" Won
2006 Song of the Year "Friend of God" Nominated
Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year "Not Forgotten" Won
Praise & Worship Album of the Year Alive in South Africa – Israel & New Breed Nominated
Long Form Music Video of the Year Live From Another Level – Israel & New Breed Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Traditional Gospel Album Alive in South Africa[8] Won
2007 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year "Turn It Around" Won
Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year It's Not Over Won
Choral Collection of the Year Again I Say Rejoice: Celebrating The Songs Of Israel Houghton – various artists Nominated
Long Form Music Video of the Year Alive In South Africa – Israel & New Breed Nominated
2008 Producer of the Year Nominated
Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year "Say So" Won
Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year A Deeper Level Won
Grammy Awards Best Gospel Performance "With Long Life" – Israel and New Breed featuring T-Bone Nominated
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album A Deeper Level – Israel and New Breed[9] Won
2010 Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year "Every Prayer" Nominated
Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year "The Power of One (Change the World)" Won
Urban Song of the Year "Just Wanna Say" (tie) Won
2011 Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year "You Hold My World" Nominated
Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year Love God, Love People Won
Grammy Awards Best Gospel Song "Every Prayer" – Israel Houghton & Mary Mary Nominated
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album The Power Of One Won
Best Gospel Performance "You Hold My World" Nominated
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album Love God, Love People Won
2012 Best Contemporary Christian Music Song "Your Presence Is Heaven" (tie); Israel Houghton & Micah Massey, songwriters Won
Best Gospel Album Jesus at the Center: Live – Israel & New Breed Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ChristianityToday album review". ChristianityToday.com. 
  2. ^ http://www.cbn.com/cbnmusic/Interviews/700club_IsraelHoughton_041205.aspx
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Lakewood Church web site - url: http://bookstore.joelosteen.com/p-5912-hope-for-today.aspx
  6. ^ "20th Annual Stellar Award Winners". GospelFlava.com. 
  7. ^ "Israel & New Breed". The Envelope. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  8. ^ "Grammy Award Winners". The Recording Academy. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Grammy Nomination List". 

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