Date of Interview: 03/04/2009
© 2009 Clayton Perry
Every Sunday, the musical compositions of Israel Houghton fill houses of worship across the world. Among the most popular are “Again I Say Rejoice,” “Not Forgotten,” and “Turn It Around” — “praise and worship” songs that bolster an impressive repertoire that has received 6 Dove Awards, 2 Stellar Awards, and 2 GRAMMY Awards.
Through Houghton’s lyrics, one can feel the presence of the Lord; and when these lyrics are transformed into song, one immediately feels the warmth and security of the Holy Spirit. Thus, the inescapable reach of Houghton’s ministry is a testament to the favor God bestows upon those who walk in accordance to His will.
Since Whisper Out Loud (1997), Houghton’s catalog has defied categorization. And with each subsequent release, social constructs, like race and religious denomination, have had little impact on his influence within the contemporary gospel genre.
Upon review of The Power of One, Israel Houghton managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on New Breed, Ephesians 1:18 and his journey to Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.