Biography Of Israel Houghton (Gospel Artist)

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Israel Houghton is an American Christian musician, songwriter, producer and worship leader. Houghton is usually credited as Israel & New Breed.

Career

Born May 19, 1971, 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.

See Also: List Of Songs By Israel Houghton

Houghton was married to Meleasa Houghton from 1994 until they separated in 2015, with the divorce being finalized on February 22, 2016. Together they had two daughters and two sons.

On November 11, 2016, Houghton married singer and TV personality Adrienne Bailon in Paris, after nine months of dating.

Awards and Nominations

Among the many 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.

GMA Dove Awards

   
Year Category Nominated work Result
2005 Male Vocalist of the Year   Nominated
  Song of the Year “Friend of God” Nominated
  Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year Live from Another Level – Israel & New Breed Won
  Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year “Again I Say Rejoice” Won
2006 Song of the Year “Friend of God” Nominated
  Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year “Not Forgotten” Won
  Praise & Worship Album of the Year Alive in South Africa – Israel & New Breed Nominated
  Long Form Music Video of the Year Live From Another Level – Israel & New Breed Nominated
2007 Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year “Turn It Around” Won
  Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year It’s Not Over Won
  Choral Collection of the Year Again I Say Rejoice: Celebrating The Songs Of Israel Houghton – various artists Nominated
  Long Form Music Video of the Year Alive In South Africa – Israel & New Breed Nominated
2008 Producer of the Year   Nominated
  Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year “Say So” Won
  Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year A Deeper Level Won
2010 Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year “Every Prayer” Nominated
  Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year “The Power of One (Change the World)” Won
  Urban Song of the Year “Just Wanna Say” (tie) Won
2011 Male Vocalist of the Year   Nominated
  Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year “You Hold My World” Nominated
  Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year Love God, Love People Won
2014 Traditional Gospel Album of the Year Duets (shared with Donnie McClurkin, Asaph A. Ward, Aaron W. Lindsey, Trent Phillips, Justin Savage) Won

Grammy Awards

   
Year Category Nominated work Result
2005 Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album Live From Another Level – Israel and New Breed Nominated
2006 Best Gospel Song “Again I Say Rejoice” – Houghton & Aaron Lindsey Nominated
2007 Best Traditional Gospel Album Alive in South Africa Won
  Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album A Timeless Christmas – Israel and New Breed Nominated
  Best Gospel Song “Not Forgotten” – Houghton and Aaron Lindsey Nominated
  Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance “Not Forgotten” – Israel and New Breed Nominated
2008 Best Gospel Performance “With Long Life” – Israel and New Breed, featuring T-Bone (tie) Nominated
  Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album A Deeper Level – Israel and New Breed Won
2010 Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album The Power Of One Won
  Best Gospel Performance “You Hold My World” Nominated
  Best Gospel Song “Give Me Your Eyes” – shared with Dayna Caddell, Aaron Lindsey & Ricardo Sanchez (co-writers) Nominated
2011 Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album Love God, Love People Won
2013 Best Contemporary Christian Music Song “Your Presence Is Heaven” (tie); Houghton & Micah Massey, songwriters Won
  Best Gospel Album Jesus at the Center: Live – Israel & New Breed Nominated
  Best Gospel Album Jesus at the Center: Live – Israel & NewBreed Nominated
2015 Best Gospel Performance/Song “How Awesome Is Our God” – Israel & NewBreed, featuring Yolanda Adams; Neville Diedericks, Israel & Meleasa Houghton, songwriters Nominated
  Best Gospel Album Covered: Alive In Asia – Israel & New Breed Won

Stellar Awards

   
Year Category Nominated work Result
2005 Artist of the Year Live from Another Level Nominated
  Male Vocalist of the Year   Won
  Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year   Won
  Producer of the Year   Nominated
2006 Video of the Year   Nominated
2007 Male Vocalist of the Year ALIVE in South Africa Nominated
  CD of the Year   Nominated
  Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year   Nominated
  Urban/Inspirational Single / Performance of the Year “Turn It Around” – Israel & New Breed Nominated
2008 Group / Duo of the Year Live: A Deeper Level – Israel & New Breed Nominated
  Contemporary CD of the Year   Nominated
  Praise and Worship CD of the Year   Nominated
2010 Male Vocalist of the Year The Power of One Nominated
  Praise and Worship CD of the Year   Nominated
2012 Male Vocalist of the Year   Nominated
  Producer of the Year   Nominated
  Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year   Nominated
  Praise and Worship CD of the Year   Nominated
2014 Group / Duo of the Year Jesus at the Center: Live Nominated

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