There are numerous singers belonging to America who has attracted and captured the hearts of millions successfully with their singing skills. Among those singers, Israel Houghton is one of them. In discussing him, he is an intelligent music singer whose skillfully crafted songs have spread across the US states border.
Born on 19 May 1971, Israel is a worship leader. Besides being a singer, he is also a producer and songwriter. His music had been notorious for its cross-cultural style of Christian music that blends together gospel, jazz, rock, and reggae elements. Let’s find out more about this amazing singer, worship leader, and songwriter today for free.
Israel Houghton’s career and the net worth
On talking about his career, he had produced Michael Gungor’s album Bigger Than My Imagination. Moreover, he also has released the albums like New Season, Nueva Generation, Life From Another Level, Real, Alive in South Africa, A Deeper Level, A Timeless Christmas, Love God, The Power of One, Decade, Love People, and Jesus at the Center: Live.
Houghton had spoken about his plans for his family and the people around him in an undated interview as:
“I’m more interested in building a legacy and a dynasty with my children and with spiritual sons and daughters that God gives me the opportunity to lead and to mentor and to inspire.”
Additionally, Houghton (Israel & New Breed) collaborated with Alicia Keyes for George Michael‘s “Freedom ’90” during the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. In addition, he also appeared at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards with Aretha Franklin and BeBe Winans.
He has an estimated net worth of $8 million that he has collected from his various albums.
Israel Houghton’s Wife, Affair, and Divorce
Firstly, Israel tied a knot with Meleasa Houghton, a well known American Gospel singer in 1994 after being best of friends for several months. The couple had met each other in Pittsburgh at Houghton’s ministry.
The couple has been blessed with three children namely Israel, Mariah, and Milan and had maintained a strong and hard ministry together.
But their marriage relationship could not last long and got crashed after twenty-one years of their relationship. When the couple called off their marriage in 2016, they had made headlines. He posted on his Facebook page that his 20-year marriage to Meleasa Houghton has come to end as he had cheated her wife. He had posted as
“Several years ago I failed and sinned in my marriage. … Although we tried, the challenges in our relationship have proven too much to overcome. We have always handled our family and ministry with grace and generosity toward others, discretion, and privacy.”
He then concluded:
“As this has become a public matter I want to apologize to the many who have supported my ministry through the years. I’m sorry for the many who will be hurt to learn of my personal failure. I regret any pain or disappointment that this news may cause you. We thank you for your prayers and for allowing us to handle this privately with those who are set over us in this process,” Houghton concluded.
Meleasa is not in any relationship since then but a few months later, Israel had been into another relationship along with his new wife who was then his girlfriend.
There are speculations spread that he cheated on her with Bailon although he had separated from wife Meleasa for quite some time. However, Bailon denied their relationship.
Israel Houghton Child
He has been rumored that the gospel singer had two other children outside marriage aside from the three children Israel Houghton had with his ex-wife.
However, he has admitted being the father of one of the two rumored children Kingston. But the courts are still waiting to determine whether he’s the father of the rest or not.
In 2016, his daughter Mariah Houghton 21 tied her knot with Byron Rideaux, 22-year-old groom.
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