• Meleasa Houghton is an American gospel singer and the now ex-wife of Israel Houghton, a famous American Christian musician and worship leader
• She is a Grammy Award nominee, and in 2015 won a Gospel Music Association (GMA) Award for Traditional Gospel
• She is a family woman, who has three children with Israel and is currently single
• Israel is an American Christian musician and worship leader, and has released 13 albums with his band Israel & New Breed
• He has won two Stellar and 11 Dove Awards, and six Grammy Awards
Who is Meleasa Houghton?
Meleasa Houghton was born in the USA, on 1 March 1964 – her zodiac sign is Pisces and she holds American nationality. She is a gospel singer, but who is perhaps known best for being the now ex-wife of Israel Houghton, a famous American Christian musician and worship leader.
Childhood and education
Meleasa was raised in the US alongside her siblings by her parents, about whom she hasn’t disclosed any details, however, it’s believed that both were devout Christians who worked at a church.
She attended a local high school at which she became interested in singing, and was a member of the school’s gospel group, while she also often sang with her church’s choir. Meleasa wasn’t physically very active, as she mostly focused on reading books and getting good grades. Upon matriculating in 1982, she decided not to attend college but to work on her career.
Career as a gospel singer
Meleasa launched her career as a gospel singer right after matriculation, and has been performing to this day.
She has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance/Song, and in 2015 won a Gospel Music Association (GMA) Award for Traditional Gospel.
She has also collaborated with her ex-husband’s band, Israel & New Breed on several of their songs, such as “Our Presence”, “Jesus at The Center” and “Rez Power”.
Love life and relationships
Meleasa met Israel in a ministry in early 1994, and they married after just four months of being together – it is believed that they rushed with the marriage because their religion doesn’t allow them to sleep together before marrying.
They are now parents to three children – Mariah, Milan and Israel – while her ex-husband also has two sons with his mistress DeVawn Moreno, named Khristian and Kingston.
Israel admitted that he cheated on Meleasa, and in 2015 the two separated while their divorce was finalized on 22 February 2016. On 11 November of the same year, Israel married Adrienne Bailon, an American singer and actress, in a private ceremony held in Paris, France.
Meleasa hasn’t talked about any other men she might have dated before or since her marriage, and as of December 2020, she is single, was once married and has three children.
Hobbies and other interests
Meleasa is a family woman, who spends most of her free time with her children; her Instagram account is filled with pictures featuring her with them, all three of whom are musicians and usually sing gospel.
She enjoys spending her spare time in the kitchen preparing delicious foods for her family – her children have claimed that the food their mother makes tastes better than in most restaurants.
She is a lover of animals, but doesn’t have a pet because her children don’t want one.
In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies with her kids – her favorite actor and actress are Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried while a couple of her favorite movies are “Dear John”, “Letters to Juliette” and “A Good Year”.
Age, height and net worth
Meleasa’s age is 56. She has long black hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) and she weighs around 150lbs (58kgs). As of December 2020, her net worth has been estimated at over $400,000, while Israel’s net worth has been estimated at over $4 million.
Who is Israel Houghton?
Israel Houghton was born in Oceanside, California USA, on 19 May 1971 – his zodiac sign is Taurus and he holds American nationality. He might be known best for the songs he has written and performed with his band Israel & New Breed.
Israel prefers to keep his personal matters to himself but it is known that his mother’s name is Margaret Houghton, but that he’s never met his biological father, and has adopted his step-father’s name of (Henry) Houghton.
It was in 1989 right after matriculating that Israel decided to become a full-time Christian singer, and continued singing solo until 1995, when he formed the band New Breed Ministry together with Meleasa. They toured all around the US to sing about Jesus and Christianity, and began recording their music in 1997, changing their name to Israel & New Breed, and releasing their first album in 2001, entitled “New Season”. Their second album “Real” followed in 2002, while their third album “Live from Another Level” came out in 2004. The band Israel & New Breed has released 13 albums, 11 through Israel’s music label called Integrity.
Israel also produced the 2003 album “Bigger Than My Imagination” for Michael Gungor, and it is even today considered as one of the best worship albums of 2003. He launched his solo career with his 2009 album “The Power of One”, and on 31 August 2010, his second album was released, entitled “Love God, Love People”.
Israel has won two Stellar and 11 Dove Awards, while he’s also won six Grammy Awards, and has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program in 2019.