Israel Houghton Biography: Wife, Age, Net Worth, Child, Songs, Wikipedia, Instagram, Height

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Israel Houghton is a talented American contemporary Christian music singer, songwriter, producer, and worship leader widely known for his work with the band Israel & New Breed.

In addition to his own successful music career, Houghton has also produced albums for other artists, such as Michael Gungor.

The collaboration resulted in the critically acclaimed album “Bigger Than My Imagination,” which was praised as one of the best worship albums of the year by Christianity Today in 2003.

New Breed is the backing band for Israel Houghton and has contributed to many of his album releases under the moniker Israel & New Breed.


  • Full Name: Israel Sonny Houghton Jr.
  • Stage Name: Israel Houghton
  • Born: May 19, 1971
  • Age: 52 years old.
  • Birthplace:  Oceanside, California, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Occupation: Singer-songwriter
  • Height: 1.67m
  • Parent: Margaret Houghton
  • Siblings: N/A
  • Spouse: Adrienne Bailon-Houghton (m. 2016), Meleasa Houghton (m. 1994–2016)
  • Children: Mariah Houghton, Jordan Houghton, Milan Houghton, Ever James Houghton, Israel Houghton, Sonny
  • Relationship: Married
  • Net Worth: $10million

Early Life

Israel Houghton, born on May 19, 1971, in Oceanside, California, is of mixed race, with a white mother and an Afro-Jamaican father.

Despite limited public information about his childhood experiences, he has hinted at some complexities within his family life through challenging encounters with his grandfather.

However, Houghton felt a strong calling toward music and faith early on in life, and he became involved full-time in worship ministry by 1989.


Israel Houghton’s educational background remains a mystery as no public information is available online.

However, his natural talent for music became apparent early on, leading him to establish his worship ministry, New Breed Ministries, in 1995.

Houghton’s skills as a musician are evident through his ability to play the guitar and keyboards and his knack for songwriting, showcased in the numerous worship songs he has written and produced.

Despite the need for more information regarding his formal education in music, Houghton’s musical prowess stems from a combination of personal passion, hands-on experience, and creative inspiration.


Israel Houghton’s musical journey is marked by innovation, collaboration, and many awards. From a young age, he was drawn to music and fully committed to worship ministry by 1989.

In 1995, he and his wife, Meleasa, co-founded New Breed Ministries, creating a space for talented musicians who shared their passion for worship.

Houghton’s official recording career began in 1997 with the release of his debut solo albums, “Whisper It Loud” and “Way of the World.”

Partnering with Sony Music, he went on to release a series of successful albums with Israel & New Breed, including “New Season,” “Real,” and “Live from Another Level.”

Israel Houghton’s performances, such as “Alive in South Africa,” have demonstrated his significant international influence in the music industry.

Throughout his career, he has received several prestigious awards, including six Grammy Awards—three for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album and one for Best Traditional Gospel Album.

Houghton’s innovative blend of gospel music with elements of jazz, R&B, and other genres has revolutionized contemporary Christian worship.

As a result, he continues to be a prominent figure in the industry, touring extensively and inspiring countless worshippers globally.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @israelhoughton
  • Facebook handle: Israel & New Breed
  • Twitter handle: @israelhoughton

Personal Life

Houghton comes from a diverse background. He was born to a white mother and an Afro-Jamaican father.

He had a son with his college girlfriend before marrying Meleasa Houghton in 1994, with whom he had three children.

Their marriage ended in 2015, and the divorce was finalized on February 22, 2016. During his marriage, Houghton also had two sons with his mistress, DeVawn Moreno.

Moving forward, he married singer and TV personality Adrienne Bailon in Paris on November 11, 2016, after a brief courtship. The couple welcomed their first child together, a son, in 2022.


Solo Albums

  • Real Me (1997)
  • Heart of an Angel (1999)
  • Strength & Praise (2006)
  • Reckless Love (2015)
  • Feels Like Home: The Quarantine Worship Experience (2021)
  • Worship Anywhere (2022) (with New Breed)
  • Israel & New Breed Albums
  • The Power of One (2003)
  • Live From Another Level (2004)
  • Alive in South Africa (2005)
  • Timeless Christmas (2008)
  • Love God. Love People. (2010)
  • The London Sessions (2010)
  • Decade: The Best Of Israel Houghton & New Breed (2012) (compilation)
  • Jesus at the Center: Live (2012)
  • Covered: Alive in Asia (2015)
  • Road to DeMaskUs (2018)
  • Feels Like Home: Volume 2 (2021)

Other appearances

  • Hymn of Breakthrough (Live) (with Total Praise Mass Choir) (2003)
  • Again I Say Rejoice Audio Performance Trax
  • Taste and See (Audio Performance Trax] (2006)
  • In the Blood (Audio Performance Trax] (2006)
  • Better Audio Performance Trax
  • Sunday Kinda Love (feat. Aaron Lindsey, PJ Morton & Nikki Ross) (2019)
  • Promise Keeper (Radio Edit) (feat. Travis Greene) (2019)
  • Free Indeed (You Said I Am) (2020)
  • Secrets (feat. ) (2023) 

Net Worth

Israel Houghton’s net Worth estimated at $10million

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