Posts Tagged ‘Israel Houghton’

Fred Hammond Announces Dates For Festival Of Praise

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

FOP 16Fred Hammond announced the return of the ever popular Festival of Praise Tour, making its way across the country and visiting 2 dozen major cities. “FOP 2016 is going to be off the chain!,” Hammond said, adding, “ The thing I love about this tour is that no matter who you are or where you’ve come from, you’re guaranteed to have a great time, something is surely going to inspire you, and you’re going to want to come back again and again! You definitely don’t want to miss this so don’t be late because we’ve got an incredible show planned from beginning to end!”

This year’s lineup includes Hammond along with Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Karen Clark Sheard, Regina Belle and Casey J.  Hammond also announced that his new CD will be released in October to coincide with the release of the FOP tour.

And the Grammy Goes To…

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

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Grammy night is Monday, February 15th.  Here’s your change to weigh in on your picks for 2016 (more…)

Israel and New Breed Hit The Big Screen

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Five-time Grammy winner Israel and New Breed is coming to a big screen near you! Israel is delivering a new concert documentary Alive in Asia featuring behind the scenes interviews and special guests. It’s a one night cinema event Tuesday, January 19 in select theatres across the country.

Israel Houghton Hits The Big Screen With Concert Documentary

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

CD100_outOn January 19th,  Israel Houghton invites fans and music lovers to the theater to take a behind the scenes look at the making of his latest project with the release of the documentary Israel Houghton & NewBreed – Covered: Alive in Asia in select theaters across the United StatesThe award winning singer/songwriter and producer will also host a special session with celebrity guests at Lakewood Church in Houston.

“This is by far the biggest project we’ve done and it is a thrill to share ‘Alive in Asia’ with the masses,” said Houghton. “We’ve never embarked on anything like this and people will be able to see the beautiful cultures and cities we visited as well as relive our extraordinary global worship experiences. We are honored to partner with Fathom Events for this huge milestone for us as a company and for the entire faith-based genre.”

This special cinematic concert event is presented by Fathom Events, RGM-NewBreed, Sovereign Agency and RCA Inspiration.  Ticket and theater info is available by visiting the Fathom Events website.

Seth and Nirva Sign With Integrity Music

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Husband and wife worship duo Seth and Nirva prepare for their major label debut signing with Integrity Music for a March, 2016 studio release produced by Grammy winning producSeth Nirvaer and songwriter Israel Houghton.  “I’ve been friends with Nirva for many years and have been familiar with hers and Seth’s music for quite a while,” says Integrity Music A&R Director Chico Gonzalez. “I’ve always been impressed by their heart for worship and how they take a crowd from being listeners to participants. No matter what genre they are working in, or artist they’re working with, they worship with their whole hearts and they are passionate about helping others do the same.”

No strangers to the industry, Seth has done background work with a number of artists including Kirk Franklin, Chris Tomlin, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans, while Nirva, a graduate of Fisk University and former member of the prestigious Fisk Jubilee Singers has spent some 10+ years with TobyMac’s Diverse City Band.  The couple released an EP I Need You in additon to making a guest appearance on Houghton’s multi artist album Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby.

2015 Dove Awards Highlights

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

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Last night’s 46th Annual Dove Awards went off in grand fashion at the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University, featuring hosts Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson and Erica Campbell.

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Early Birthday Presents For Jonathan McReynolds

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Mcreynolds Life MusicJonathan McReynolds celebrates his birthday with the release of Life Music: Stage Two hitting stores and digital outlets on September 18th. Fueled by the release of Gotta Have You and Pressure, the highly anticipated disc made its debut at #1 on the Amazon Hot New Releases in Christian Music Chart.  The Chicago native will celebrate the release of the CD with a birthday party/CD release event in Chicago.  Guests include Israel Houghton, Travis Green and India Arie followed by additional performances in New York, DC, Oklahoma, Virginia, Canada and Norway.

Interview : Israel Houghton – “Covered: Alive In Asia” (2015)

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

CD100_outMulti Grammy, Stellar, and Dove award winning artist Israel Houghton returns with his new album “Covered: Alive in Asia” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Gospel and Christian Charts. This was Houghton’s seventh album in his career to debut at the top of the charts. This live worship experience was recorded across the continent of Asia in stadiums in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Korea, Tokyo, and Manila. The album features new songs with Grammy Award Winners Yolanda Adams and Tye Tribett and Gospel rising sensation Jonathan McReynolds. Houghton teams up with longtime producing partner Aaron Lindsay to bring forth the groups legendary sound. Covered: Alive in Asia is the groups 10th album, as they celebrate 15 years of Ministry.

GOSPElflava’s Martin Williams recently caught up with Israel to discuss the new albums all the elements that went into making this project a chart topping success.

 

Martin: You’ve recorded albums all over the world, why did you decide to go to Asia?

Israel: We’ve been going there for seven or eight years as a team, and we have developed a good re pore in several countries there. When you go certain places and you realize there is a grace for you to be there and you like how you feel with those crowds and churches there, the thought about doing an album there begins to creep in. And it just so happen this particular Asian tour last fall worked out great to carry a film and audio crew to capture the energy of these six great places in Asia.

Martin: I listened to one of the tracks on the album and you said there was such a spirit of expectation and a hunger for GOD’s presence. What was it like being in those venues with all of those worshipers on one accord?

Israel: It was absolutely fantastic! No disrespect to us here in America but we have so many options. You can throw a rock and go have a great worship experience somewhere and go hear some of the greatest singers and musicians. In Asia that’s rare for them. It only happens every once in a while. So they come out in significant numbers to experience this and they don’t just stand around they engage. It’s incredibly refreshing especially when you are trying to teach brand new songs. Versus here in America where they may not get with you until you sing something that they like or something that’s familiar. Over there their attitude is BRING IT ON!

Martin: It’s been almost 15 years since your album “New Season” was released. Fast forward to now do you still feel the same excitement? Are you apprehensive? Are you concerned if the fans will like it? How do you feel?

Israel: I think it’s all of the above. I’m still very much excited about recording, writing, and releasing music. Certainly in 2000 and 2001 when “New Season” was released records were bought and sold differently than now. That album was released in the pre I- Tunes and streaming days. People had to actually have to go and buy the physical CD. Now it’s very different there are so many options and it’s harder to get the ground swell. When we did “Live From Another Level” it was our first album to sell 500,000 units and the album was certified “Gold” within a year. That blew our minds. And to sell that many units now is quite an undertaking. The beauty is that we don’t do what we do for the accolades, awards, or sales. Our rewards are ultimately found in the lives of people. The older I get the less panicked I am about a release. I don’t fret about how it’s going to do on the radio or will it go to the number 1 spot on Billboard. Most of our records end up selling for long periods of time. They are not just a quick release and you forget about them. Because we are out in front of people all the time our albums tend to have a longer life of sales. We’ve had Number 1’s, gold records and awards, so hopefully we are past having to prove ourselves and drive ourselves crazy. Ultimately it’s about people being blessed and connected to this music.

 

Martin: Does it still surprise you when you go out all over the world and the people know your music?

Israel: It’s such a true blessing and its speaks to the power of mediums like GOSPELflava and Gospel radio because people have the opportunity to connect with our sound and vision. You all get the word out and I’m grateful. It never gets old getting up and starting a song and hearing the crowd take it over, never gets old. I love when I can step back from the microphone and let the audience sing. I become a kid in those moments!

 

Martin: Out of all of your albums what’s the one song that you can’t go through a concert without singing?

Israel: It’s pretty much a tie between “You Are Good” and “Friend Of God”. If we ever leave the stage and don’t do “Friend of God” it’s going to be a problem. It’s like Marvin Sapp leaving the stage without singing “Never Would Have Made It’ or Kirk Franklin not doing “Stomp” or “Why We Sing”. I tell you the one song that’ gained momentum of the years and that’s “Moving Forward”. I’ve noticed we can’t get through a set without at least hitting the bridge of that song. I’m honored that I’ve been apart of writing some staples and putting those out. It never gets old to me.

Martin: With all the recent tragedies in the world, how important is it that believers continue to cultivate a life of worship?

Israel: It’s never been more important than the days we are living in now. Here we are in the most connective generations of all time through the way of social networking but we’ve also become extremely disconnected by the same reasons. I think the Gospel and the unity that comes from knowing who Jesus is best served and experienced together. What is tragic for me is that these horrible atrocities happen and that causes us to get off our phones for a second and come together as a community. I wish we didn’t need tragedy to do that. That’s one of the things I Love about church there is an hour and half in the week where we come together to say we are connected under one name and one faith. In this day and age we need that because we don’t have a lot of good news on Television. The definition of the Gospel is the good news.

Martin: On the album you collaborate with Tye Tribbett, Yolanda Adams, and Jonathan McReynolds, how was it working with those artists?

Israel: Well after so many years I think people have realized that I love doing collaborations. On “New Season” we had Keith Staten from Commissioned. The second album “Real”, I used a lot of Andrae Crouch’s crew, I didn’t do a lot of collaborations on “Live From Another Level”, but Michael Gunger worked with me on that. Of course the son of South Africa himself Jonathan Butler worked with me on “Alive In South Africa”. “ A Deeper Level” featured Chris Tomlin, YPJ. My Christmas album, “ A Timeless Christmas” has to be my favorite in terms of collaborations because it featured Marvin Winans, CeCe Winans, Lalah Hathaway and many others it was a dream come true. I’ve worked with Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Take 6, so for me it’s about how the song its best served with another voice and artist. I’ve never been super particular either about collaborations. An artist doesn’t’ have to be of a certain stature for them to be featured on one of my songs. It’s all about what’s going to enhance the song. In some cases I’ve been very fortunate that’ the collaboration does help boost the cache of the album as well as the song.

Martin: You take a classic contemporary Christian song, “Mighty to Save” and you give an upbeat island flair, what made you remix the song?

Israel: For us its something we’ve been doing for years, and just never recorded it. Initially we were going to put it on “Jesus At The Center”. The group and myself found ourselves doing a lot of festivals. And sometimes at these festivals people don’t know us very well so its important to have songs that people know in reserve so they can join in on the experience. It’s always good to have songs you can always add a New Breed twist to it.

Martin: At the end of the day what do you want the listeners to take away from “Covered: Alive In Asia”?

Israel: I want them to take away that hope is not relegated to just one community, skin tone, or preference. Gospel is good news and it needs to be global. There are people in Asia who love Gospel music and this message and you may never see them. We have brothers and sisters who don’t look or talk like us but they serve the same God. It’s a beautiful thing to know. I want people to know Israel and new breed  as ambassadors.

 

Israel’s Latest Release, “Covered: Alive In Asia” is available in stores and online.  The project features a 16 track digital deluxe version and limited edition CD/DVD combo pack that includes 13 tracks plus a documentary offering an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the recording process and footage of some of the most beautiful and exotic cities in Asia.  Additionally, later this year, Houghton will release a special 90 minute concert film with exclusive performances and interviews. 

Tye Tribbett Hosts Hate Won’t Win Benefit Concert

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Tye Tribbett 514In response to the June 17th Charleston Church shooting, Israel Houghton, Tasha Cobbs,  Mali Music and Columbia, SC native Travis Greene will join Tye Tribbett for Hate Won’t Win, a concert benefiting the families of the nine victims. The concert will serve as the opening event for Tribbett’s second annual “The Chosen Music Mentorship” conference for church worship leaders on June 23rd at Columbia South Carolina’s Medallion Conference Center.

“Gospel is the good news,” Tribbett says of his use of music as a healing tool. “By spreading the music we induce hope, and we train new worship leaders so they are equipped with the same intent to go fearlessly where some have lost hope and to boldly declare through this gospel that there is yet hope.”

Israel and New Breed Release Covered July 24th

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

“Gospel is good news- Good News is global. Global Gospel, Kingdom Music is our passion.” – Israel HoughtonCD100_out

Under those sentiments, internationally renown worship leader Israel Houghton and his group New Breed embarked upon a courageous effort to “go ye into all the world” taking the Gospel to the east hosting worship experiences at concerts in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Korea, Tokyo and Manila, with the end result being his new CD, Covered: Alive in Asia hitting stores on July 24th.

The project celebrates 15 years of Israel and New Breed and their tenth album together.  With production from Aaron Lindsey, Covered: Live In Asia also features a concert DVD with behind the scenes footage in a special edition CD/DVD package.