Israel Houghton Biography

Israel Houghton is an American Christian music singer, songwriter, producer and worship leader. He has won six Grammy Awards; three for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album and one for Best Traditional Gospel Album for Alive In South Africa.

Israel Houghton became involved full-time in worship ministry in 1989. From the start, he looked to overcome cultural and denominational barriers. With this idea as a centerpiece, Israel formed his New Breed Ministries in 1995 with his then wife, Meleasa, and a group of world-class musicians and singers.

Touring extensively brought the Ministries’ powerful and diverse sound to churches around the U.S., while Israel’s two 1997 releases, “Whisper It Loud” and “Way of the World,” kicked off his recording career. New Season from 2001 became the first Israel and New Breed release and their first release on Sony. That label also issued Real in 2002 and Live from Another Level (on both CD and DVD) in 2004. Alive in South Africa from 2005 featured a performance in Cape Town in front of 8,000 attendees. The holiday album Timeless Christmas appeared a year later, followed by Love God. Love People. The London Sessions in 2010. In 2012, Integrity issued Decade, a two-disc, 26-track career overview. Houghton and his group continued to document their travels with Covered: Alive in Asia, released in 2015.

Israel Houghton Age/ How Old Is Israel Houghton

Israel was born on May 19, 1971. He is 48 years old as of 2019.

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Israel Houghton Height

Israel stands at a height of 5 foot 5 inches.

Israel Houghton Net worth

Israel has an estimated net worth of $8 million.

Israel Houghton Ex-Wife/Israel Houghton First Wife

Israel married his first wife Meleasa Houghton in 1994. Meleasa is a well known American Gospel singer. The two met at Houghton’s ministry in Pittsburgh and they finally tied the knot after being best of friends for several months.

The two wrote songs together but their marriage ended in 2016 after 20 years. Israel said his marriage had been over for quite some time before it went public.

Israel Houghton Divorce

Israel Houghton announced the end of his 20-year marriage to Meleasa Houghton, in a Facebook post. The post read;  “Several years ago I failed and sinned in my marriage. … Although we tried, the challenges in our relationship have proven too much to overcome. We have always handled our family and ministry with grace and generosity toward others, discretion, and privacy.

I am in the process of restoration and I have repented for my actions. Although I am sincerely sorry and forgiven, I soberly realize that I will live with the consequences of my failings for the rest of my life.

As this has become a public matter I want to apologize to the many who have supported my ministry through the years. I’m sorry for the many who will be hurt to learn of my personal failure. I regret any pain or disappointment that this news may cause you. We thank you for your prayers and for allowing us to handle this privately with those who are set over us in this process.”

Israel Houghton Marriage – Israel Houghton Wife

Israel married his now wife Adrienne Bailon on 11 November 2016 at the Hotel Plaza Atheneel. Adrienne is a media personality who is a co-host of The View.

During an episode of The Real Adrienne revealed that when she began dating Israel she had a few concerns and in order to make sure he was committed, she would secretly record him.

“I’ve been doing this for years. So there’s something called Voice Memo on your phone, and you can literally put it on Voice Memo, lock the phone, put it down, walk out the room, let y’all talk about me, walk back in, play it back outside the room, listen to what y’all said, walk back in and be like, ‘So Tam, you would say that sometimes I talk a lot?’

And you’d be like, ‘Of course I would say that, you do talk a lot,’ right? Or, you could lie to me and be like, ‘I would never say that about you, Adrienne,’ and I’d be like, ‘bitch you lied!’”

Explaining how the method worked on her husband she said; “In the car, I left my phone on Voice Memo, put it into the side thing in the car, walked out and went into a store.

I was like, let me see what phone calls he makes. Let me see if he talks to anybody on the phone. You’re just getting to know each other, he was writing a worship song in the damn car. He was like, ‘Lord, I love you! Jesus — Oh, hallelujah!’ And I was like, ‘Aw, there’s nothing here.’”

People have speculated that Israel cheated on his ex-wife with Bailon although Bailon has debunked the rumours saying she didn’t even know him at the time of his personal failure and said that the public blaming her for his marriage ending was “hurtful.

Israel Houghton Children/ Israel Houghton Kids

Houghton has three children with his ex-wife Meleasa. They include; Mariah who is the oldest, Israel II and Milan Lily who is the youngest. It is alleged that he fathered two children; Kingston and Khristian while still married to his wife of 20 years.

Israel Houghton Albums

  • 2018: The Road To DeMaskUs
  • 2014: The Very Best of Israel & New Breed (compilation)
  • 2013: Jesús en el Centro (En Vivo) (Spanish version of Jesus at the Center: Live)
  • 2012: Jesus at the Center: Live
  • 2012: Decade (compilation)
  • 2010: Love God, Love People
  • 2009: The Power of One
  • 2007: A Deeper Level
  • 2006: A Timeless Christmas
  • 2005: Alive in South Africa
  • 2004: Live From Another Level
  • 2002: Real
  • 2001: New Season
  • 1997: Whisper It Loud

Israel Houghton Songs

  1. You Are Good
  2. Moving Forward
  3. Friend of God
  4. Just Wanna Say
  5. Lord You Are Good
  6. Reckless Love
  7. I Surrender All
  8. Secrets
  9. Jesus At The Center
  10. Every Prayer
  11. You Hold My World
  12. Your Presence Is Heaven
  13. Hosanna
  14. Not Forgotten
  15. Everywhere That I Go
  16. Promise Keeper
  17. To Worship You I Live
  18. Who Is Like The Lord
  19. Saved By Grace
  20. We Speak to Nations
  21. Sing Redemption’s Song
  22. I Am a Friend of God
  23. Surely Goodness
  24. I’m With You
  25. Say So
  26. Jesus Be The Center
  27. Our God

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SURRENDER SUNDAY ✞ Today my heart is full. Full of gratitude for just how Faithful God is. I’ve committed my life to living in this posture. Hands Up. Heart Open. Soul Surrendered. One of the best ways to get there and stay there is within a lifestyle of worship. I’ve come to understand after nearly 30 years of doing this full time, that worship is not a business. Not a genre. It’s not a song. It’s not music. But it is the GPS of the heart. So today & every day I am committed to keeping my heart pointed Godward. You agree? #WorshipAnywhere

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