Israel Houghton (pronounced, hoh’-tin; born May 19, 1971) is an American Christian music singer, songwriter, producer and worship leader. Houghton is usually credited as Israel & New Breed. Houghton produced an album by Michael Gungor, Bigger Than My Imagination, which was described as "one of the year's best worship albums" in a 2003 Christianity Today review. 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 Live) 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

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

Personal life

Houghton was married to Meleasa Houghton for more than 21 years. On November 11, 2016, Houghton married singer and TV personality Adrienne Bailon in Paris.


Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 438. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.

External links

Official website Biography by Israel's Label CBN Interview with Israel Houghton
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Country of Origin United States
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