Acclaimed Worship Artist/Songwriter Wins 3rd GRAMMY Award
LOS ANGELES, Calif. â€“Multi-talented worship leader, songwriter and recording artist Israel Houghton won his third consecutive GRAMMYÂ® last night during the 52nd Annual GRAMMYÂ® Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Houghton took home the award for â€œPop/Contemporary Gospel Albumâ€ for his critically-acclaimed CD The Power Of One and also was honored as a nominee for â€œBest Gospel Songâ€ for â€œEvery Prayerâ€ from The Power of One.
Previously, Houghton and his powerhouse musical ensemble New Breed won two GRAMMYS in 2008 for A Deeper Level and in 2007 for Alive in South Africa. This yearâ€™s win marks his first GRAMMY as a â€œsoloâ€ artist.
â€œItâ€™s really an honor to be nominated for such a prestigious award,â€ says Houghton. â€œAnd to win is such a surreal experienceâ€¦I’m so moved that the message in the music was embraced and appreciated.â€
The â€œmessageâ€ of the genre-blending album is one of hope, redemption and revelation, especially the title track, which expresses Houghtonâ€™s passion for social justice.
â€œI strongly believe that those of us who consider ourselves worshippers need to have a heart for social justice,â€ says Houghton who will be in Toronto for a Haiti benefit concert on Feb. 12.
In addition to his career as a recording artist, Israel Houghton is a worship leader at Houstonâ€™s Lakewood Church and a spokesman for international relief agency World Vision. He is the recipient of six Dove Awards, two Stellar Awards, a Soul Train Award and three GRAMMY Awards. Additional information is available at www.israelhoughton.net and www.integritymusic.com.