Israel & New Breed offer an encouraging new single, “It’s Not Over (When God Is In It),” on the forthcoming release “Jesus At The Center.” The moving ballad hit Gospel radio this month and has made an immediate impact. Serving as a strong reminder of God’s continuing love and help, Israel Houghton brought along two of Gospel’s rising stars, James Fortune and Jason Nelson, to lend their talents to this powerful song.
The single, now available on iTunes features the combination of Houghton, Fortune and Nelson, and makes it an instantaneous hit that lifts the spirits and strengthens the soul. Radio has responded to the collaboration.
“The creative collaboration that Israel has pulled together is what gospel music needs to remain relevant and inspiring,” -Michael Gamble, Program Director for Sheridan Gospel Network.
“This song is a jewel for the inspirational gospel format. Israel Houghton, James Fortune and Jason Nelson are at the top of their game,”- Ron Thompson, Program Director at WPRS-FM Radio-One D.C.
Following two back-to-back Billboard Top 200-selling, GRAMMY Award-winning solo studio albums, Houghton returns with New Breed for their first live recording in five years, “Jesus At The Center,” releasing August 14 on Integrity Music. Recorded live with thousands of worshipers at Houston’s Lakewood Church, this double-CD, 18 song album features Israel & New Breed returning to their roots, delivering new anthems for the modern day church. The recording follows the critically acclaimed, GRAMMY Award-winning, “A Deeper Level (2007).”
Along with the two-disc album, a companion DVD was recorded live in high-definition and features all 18 songs plus behind the scenes footage, insight behind the song vignettes and other bonus material. Israel & New Breed will also simultaneously release an exclusive iTunes® LP. The “Jesus At The Center” LP will not only include the new music, but also video work tapes, a photo montage and the “Jesus At The Center” video tutorial.
In 1995, Israel and Meleasa Houghton founded New Breed Ministries, an organization they continue to run and comprised of noted musicians and singers who serve within their respective churches and together serve the Church at large. Israel has been fittingly graced with 2 Gold-selling albums, 4 GRAMMY Awards, 12 Dove Awards, 2 Stellar Awards and a Soul Train Award.
Active as worship leader at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Houghton has served as worship leader at Hillsong conferences and Franklin Graham crusades. He has been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, accompanied Alicia Keys at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards for a performance of George Michael’s “Freedom ’90,” and performed at the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards.