Israel Houghton [[File: Background information Also known as Israel & New Breed Born May 19, 1971
Oceanside, California, United States
Genres Contemporary Christian, gospel, contemporary worship Occupations Singer, songwriter, producer, arranger Instruments Guitar, piano Years active 1997—present Labels Integrity Associated acts Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff, CeCe Winans, Michael W. Smith Website israelhoughton.net
Israel Houghton (pronounced, hoh’-tin) (born May 19, 1971) is an American Christian singer and worship leader, 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.
He has been graced with two gold-selling albums, six 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.
He 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 of Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff, Steve Crawford and Da'dra Crawford-Greathouse) at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, pastored by Joel Osteen.
Israel also sang with Michael W Smith on his 2008 Album, "A New Hallelujah", recorded at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX.
- "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
- Free Chapel Live: Power of the Cross (Integrity, 2009)
- New Breed Live: Generation Love (2009)
Year Award-giving body Award 2005 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 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 Grammy Awards Best Traditional Gospel Album for "Alive in South Africa" 2008 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."
He is of mixed heritage, Jamaican and French-as told by him personally-and was raised in a Mexican-American neighborhood. He and his wife Meleasa, and his three children, Mariah, Israel 'Sonny Boy' and Milan 'Lillie' currently reside in Houston, Texas.
- ^ "ChristianityToday album review". ChristianityToday.com. http://www.christianitytoday.com/music/reviews/2003/biggerthanmyimagination.html.
- ^ Lakewood Church web site - url: http://bookstore.joelosteen.com/p-5912-hope-for-today.aspx
- ^ "20th Annual Stellar Award Winners". GospelFlava.com. http://www.gospelflava.com/stellar/stellarresults-2005.html.
- ^ "Israel & New Breed". The Envelope. http://theenvelope.latimes.com/factsheets/awardsdb/env-awards-db-search,0,7169155.htmlstory?searchtype=person&query=israel+%26+new+breed. Retrieved 2007-06-13.
- ^ "Grammy Award Winners". The Recording Academy. http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/Winners/Results.aspx. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
- ^ "Grammy Nomination List". http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/50th_show/list.aspx.
- "Dove Award Recipients for 2005". Published by the Gospel Music Association. Retrieved 2007-02-06.
- "Dove Award Recipients for 2006". Published by the Gospel Music Association. Retrieved 2007-02-06.
- "38th Annual Dove Award Recipients". Published by the Gospel Music Association. Retrieved 26 April 2007.
- "49th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners List". Published by The Recording Academy. Retrieved 2007-02-13.
- Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 438. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.
- Biography by Israel's Label
- CBN Interview with Israel Houghton
- Israel & New Breed at Allmusic
- Israel Houghton at the Internet Movie Database
- Israel Houghton at the Two Days of Hope conference
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