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Israel Houghton .
Born 1971
Origin Oceanside, California
Genres CCM, gospel
Occupations singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, composer
Instruments Guitar/Piano
Years active 1997-present
Labels Integrity Music
Associated acts Aaron Lindsey
Coalo Zamorano
Mary Alessi
Martha Munizzi

Israel Houghton (pronounced, ho-tin [ho as in hope])is a two time Grammy Award winning, Christian worship leader and singer, mostly known for his cross-cultural style of Christian music that fuses elements from gospel, jazz and rock music. Houghton is usually credited as Israel & New Breed and currently signed to Integrity Music. Houghton is also a worship leader at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, TX.


Musical career


Recording career

His project Alive in South Africa, recorded live in Cape Town, received a Grammy Award for "Best Traditional Gospel Album" in 2007 and two songs from the album, "Not Forgotten" and "Turn It Around", received a Dove Award for "Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song" in 2006 and 2007 respectively. Both his album Live from Another Level and rendition of "Again I Say Rejoice" received a Dove Award in 2005. He has also worked with Aaron Guerrero from Sacramento Ca, to make the new CD Power of One.

Production career

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

Other performances

He has served as worship leader for the Promise Keepers and Champions for Christ events, as well as the Hillsong Conference 2006 - 2008, and Hillsong Conference Europe 2008. Israel also serves as a worship leader (alongside of Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff) 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.

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

He is also hosting part of a show called "Revealed" on Gospel Music Channel.


Whisper It Loud

New Season


Live From Another Level

Alive In South Africa

A Timeless Christmas

A Deeper Level

The Power of One

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

Other recordings

  • "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[2]
  • Free Chapel Live: Power of the Cross (Integrity, 2009)


Year Award-giving body Award
2005[3] 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[4] 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[5] Grammy Awards Best Traditional Gospel Album for "Alive in South Africa"
2008[6] Grammy Awards Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for " A Deeper Level"

Personal life

He is of mixed heritage, black and white.



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