Israel Houghton is “Back” with New Breed
Israel Houghton has enjoyed his solo career and received many Grammy awards in the midst. News is now raging that he returns with New Breed, the gospel group he originally came from, for their first live recording in five years, Jesus At The Center. CBN reports it was recorded live with thousands of worshipers at Houston’s Lakewood Church. Its a double-CD, 17 song album with three additional studio singles and it features Israel & New Breed returning to their roots, delivering new anthems for the modern day church. The recording follows the group’s critically acclaimed, GRAMMY Award-winning, A Deeper Level (2007).
Houghton speaks on the return of the group album but was it really a break up in the first place? Let’s see what he said:
“The overarching story of the album is that sometimes we can be so ‘churched’ that we can lose sight of the ‘who, what, why’ of worship,” says Israel. “This project simply places Jesus where he is supposed to be. We intentionally removed the metaphors and simply focused on his name.” Israel said that it was time to do another live album with New Breed. “We’ve always been known for what we do live and we felt like we had songs that could serve as a resource to the church worldwide.”
Israel says that while this is the group’s first live album in five years, they were never “broken up,” and truth is, the band didn’t go anywhere. If anything, Israel says they’ve been as busy as ever. “We did around 700 concerts in that amount of time. And we’re still hopping.” Hiatus? Not even close.” Source
Watch CBN’s Interview with Israel Houghton below!