Spreading the message of God's love as manifested through mankind set to a soundtrack of "soul music" at its most profound, internationally acclaimed artist/composer/producer Israel Houghton delivers the musical versatility, profound lyrics and galvanizing displays of vocal and instrumental virtuosity to create "kingdom music", both as a solo artist and with New Breed.
"During my career, a lot of people told me to stop trying to merge styles," Israel Houghton reflects of his signature blending of pop, rock, Latin and R&B influences. "But the times I feel most true to myself are when I am intentionally creating dialogue through music that allows everybody to get involved in the conversation. I thank God that I stayed the course. Now, people are saying, 'Wow, your music is fresh!' Ten years ago, people were saying it was confusing! But when God puts something in your heart, you've got to stick with it."
Over the course of the past two decades, Israel Houghton has traveled the world and seen up close the best and the worst of the human spirit at work. He is heartened to report that, of late, he has witnessed great improvement, which inspired and fortified the overall theme of this dynamic new disc.
"This whole concept of a love revolution - thinking beyond yourself - is the great equalizer to our theology," Houghton states. "Because of the music we make as New Breed, we get invited into a lot of worlds that otherwise would not co-exist. That's a huge part of our life's mission - to be effective in all kinds of streams. Even though we may differ in theologies, we as Christians are still the 'Love People.' If we can agree that Jesus is Lord, we can connect on what The Lord said, which is 'Love The Lord your God with all your heart, your soul, your might and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. Couple that with Matthew: 25 'Love to the least of these,' and there's a lot we can do together as Christians instead of focusing on things we don't believe.
An innate sense of music chemistry has helped Israel Houghton create a canon of songs that have become favorites in houses of faith and on radio dials across the globe. Having written or co-written 11 CCLI Top 500 favorites, Israel Houghton uses his multi-cultural upbringing as a key reference point in his boundary-defying music, inspiring people of all ages, races and cultures to come together under the banner of Christ.
Renowned as a worship leader in Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood church in Houston, Israel Houghton has also led hundreds of thousands in worship at events, churches and festivals around the world. In 1995, he and wife Meleasa founded New Breed Ministries, an organization comprised of noted musicians and singers who serve within their respective churches and, together, serve the Church at large. For their efforts, they have been fittingly graced with two Gold-selling albums, three Grammy Awards, six Dove Awards, two Stellar Awards and a Soul Train Award.
Summing up his 2010 release Love God. Love People., and the culmination of his first 20 years in music ministry, Israel Houghton states, "For this season of my life, this is what I'm still passionate about. If I wasn't an artist, I would still be an activist - out trying to make a difference and giving a voice to those who don't have one. New Breed could have easily found its end at any time overnight. Not because the music wasn't good, but because we had failed up to that point to discover our real purpose. It was not to build a platform under myself but to build a platform under others. Once we as a team grasped the understanding that 'Strength is for service not status' (Romans: 15), we knew our success was not about winning awards, selling platinum CDs or selling out concert halls. It was about taking whatever momentum we could gather and giving it back in service. That's what has kept me and New Breed relevant, focused and effective. And I am grateful that God has surrounded me with people who have that same heart.”
Listen To Christian Music Artist Israel Houghton
|Whisper It Loud||1997||Warner Bros Records|
|New Season||2001||Integrity Music|
|New Season Live||2001||Integrity Music|
|Live From Another Level||2004||Integrity Music|
|Alive in South Africa||2005||Integrity Music|
|A Timeless Christmas||2006||Integrity Music|
|A Deeper Level||2007||Integrity Music|
|The Power of One||2009||Integrity Music|
|Love God. Love People||2010||Integrity Music|