Meleasa Houghton, born on the 1st of March, 1964, is an American gospel singer who became famous through being a member of the band Israel and New Breed. She is also the ex-wife of well-known gospel singer Israel Houghton.
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Meleasa Houghton’s Early Life
Meleasa Houghton is an African American – her actual birthplace in the US is unknown, as is most other information about her personal life before marriage; she prefers to keep it private.
Meleasa Houghton’s Career
In terms of her career, she met her now ex-husband, Israel Houghton in a church ministry in Pittsburgh. Being a singer herself, she eventually became part of Israel’s band, Israel and New Breed. The band’s first album was released in 2002 entitled “Real.” It was then followed by another album entitled “Live From Another Level” in 2004, as well as “Alive in South Africa” in 2005. And “Live a Deeper Level” in 2007.
In 2009, Israel and New Breed released another album called “A Timeless Christmas”, followed by “New Season Life” in 2011. The following year, they released a compilation of their greatest hits in the album “The Best of Israel Houghton & New Breed from 2002-2012.” Other compilation albums that they released include “Jesus At the Center” released in 2012, and “Playlist: The Very Best of Israel & New Breed” released in 2015. The success of Israel & New Breed helped tremendously in increasing Houghton’s net worth.
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Aside from lending her vocals to the band Israel and New Breed, Houghton is also known to have contributed to some of the bands greatest hits such as “ Rez Power”, “Our Presence is Heaven”, and “Jesus at the Center.” She also made contributions to the songs “Alpha and Omega”, “Chasing Me Down”, “How Awesome Is Our God” and “It’s Not Over” among a few other hits.
Houghton’s work with Israel and New Breed also led to several accolades, including a GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Record Song of the Year in 2015, and a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance/Song.
Israel and New Breed’s last album was released in 2015 entitled “Covered: Alive in Asia.” Since then, Houghton has been on hiatus in her career.
Meleasa Houghton’s Net Worth
As of 2018, and based on authoritative sources Houghton’s net worth is reported to be over $4 million. Although her financial reports and earning are unclear, many believe that she was able to take half of her husband’s net worth after the settlement of their divorce. Israel Houghton was reported to have a net worth $8 million, and they also shared an $800,00 home when they were living together.
Meleasa Houghton’s Personal Life
In terms of her personal life, Houghton was once married to Israel Houghton a well-known gospel singer. They met through a church ministry in Pittsburgh and after several months of dating tied the knot in 1994. They were blessed with two daughters and two sons together. named Mariah, Jordan, Israel and Milan Houghton.
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Dear friends…Happy Easter….Today we are thankful for the beauty of God…..and His everlasting love….?thank you to my lovely sister Ruby for all the good food she prepared…..much love to everyone!
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Unfortunately, their marriage ended in divorce in 2015 and was finalized in 2016. Israel confessed that he had sinned to her during marriage, but it was unclear as to what sin he was referring to, although it’s suspected to have been ‘the other woman’.
Houghton now lives as a single woman, and there are no reports of her dating anyone new since her divorce.
Meleasa Houghton’s Ex-Husband
Houghton’s ex-husband is Israel Houghton, born in 19 May 1971. He is a well-known gospel singer, songwriter, producer, and worship leader at church. He is also the front man of the band Israel & New Breed, in which he worked with her ex-wife, Meleasa.
Israel’s first album was released in 1997, and he has been creating music ever since. He is known as the man behind hit songs such as “Moving Forward”, “You Are Good”, “Friend of God”, and “Your Presence Is Heaven.”
Over the course of his career, Israel has won a total of six Grammy Awards, three of which were for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album, and one for Best Traditional Gospel Album. He has also bagged a couple of GMA Dove Awards.
Israel Houghton’s Controversy
In 2016, Houghton confessed through his social media channels that he “failed and sinned” at his marriage, after revealing that he was getting a divorce. Many thought that he cheated on his now ex-wife Melissa.
After his confession, Israel was also asked by his church, Lakewood Church led by Joel Osteen, to take indefinite leave from his role as worship leader due to cheating rumors.