Jesus At the Centre Double CD
Recorded live with thousands of worshippers at Houston's Lakewood Church, this double-CD, 17 song album with three additional studio singles features Israel and New Breed returning to their roots, delivering new anthems for the modern day church. Joining Israel...
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Recorded live with thousands of worshippers at Houston's Lakewood Church, this double-CD, 17 song album with three additional studio singles features Israel and New Breed returning to their roots, delivering new anthems for the modern day church.
Joining Israel and New Breed to produce the studio version of the single 'Your Presence Is Heaven' is hit maker Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Britt Nicole), while acclaimed vocalists Jason Nelson and James Fortune are featured on the studio version of 'It's Not Over (When God Is In It)'. Other guest vocalists featured on the live recordings are Aaron W Lindsey, Michael Gungor, T-Bone, Bishop Michael Pitts, Jeremiah Woods, Daniel Johnson, Charlin Moore, Adam Ranney, Tina Baker, Onaje Jefferson, Krystle Harper and Israel's daughter, Mariah Houghton.
"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 Houghton. "This project simply places Jesus where he is supposed to be. We intentionally removed the metaphors and simply focused on his name."
Co-writing all the songs - except the Bob Dylan cover, 'To Make You Feel My Love', and 'You Have Me' by Michael and Lisa Gungor - 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."
It was that spark that ignited the recording. "The concept started with the title track, 'Jesus At The Center.' We felt strongly that it was necessary to make sure that these were all Christ-centered songs that would, for the most part, find a place of effectiveness in the worship experience of any church. 'Rez Power,' 'Your Presence Is Heaven,' 'Speechless,' 'Jesus The Same' - these songs accomplish that and resource worship teams and listeners alike," notes Israel.
1. The Intro - Colossians 1,15-20 (msg)
- 1. The Intro - Colossians 1,15-20 (msg)Israel & New Breed0:59
- 2. Jesus The SameIsrael & New Breed0:59
- 3. Rez PowerIsrael & New Breed0:59
- 4. No Turning BackIsrael & New Breed0:59
- 5. Te AmoIsrael & New Breed0:59
- 6. More Than EnoughIsrael & New Breed0:59
- 7. OverflowIsrael & New Breed0:59
- 8. I Call You JesusIsrael & New Breed0:59
- 9. Church Medley: Jesus Is The Sweetest Name I Know/oh How I Love JesusIsrael & New Breed0:59
- 10. Jesus At The CenterIsrael & New Breed0:59
- 1. Jesus At The Center (reprise)Israel & New Breed0:59
- 2. SpeechlessIsrael & New Breed0:59
- 3. It's Not Over (when God Is In It)Israel & New Breed0:59
- 4. Your Presence Is HeavenIsrael & New Breed0:59
- 5. More And MoreIsrael & New Breed0:59
- 6. Medley: Hosanna/moving Forward/where Else Can I GoIsrael & New Breed0:59
- 7. Medley: You Have Me/you Hold My WorldIsrael & New Breed0:59
- 8. Medley: To Make You Feel My Love/name Of LoveIsrael & New Breed0:59
- 9. It's Not Over (when God Is In It) (studio Version)Israel & New Breed0:59
Israel Houghton is considered a forerunner and architect of cross-cultural worship. He has written hundreds of songs for the church worldwide and is an award-winning producer and arranger. He serves as worship leader at Lakewood Church in Houston with Pastor Joel Osteen. Engaged in full-time ministry since 1989, Israel has touched the hearts of millions across the globe through his anointed, God-inspired music.
With a desire to draw people of all races, ages and cultures together through worship, Israel and New Breed meld sounds and songs to create music that breaks down barriers and defies categorisation. Together with the vocalists and musicians of New Breed, Israel uses his own multi-cultural upbringing as a reference point. "It's not a white sound or black sound, it's a Kingdom sound," explains the songwriter and producer. All the while, this dedicated group of ministers continues to tour extensively and to serve at their local churches.
Israel and New Breed has achieved a synthesis of music and message that is electrifying and activating audiences inside and outside of traditional church walls. Most of their albums have to be recorded before live audiences to capture their singular infectious energy. Leader, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Israel Houghton has seen his compositions become integral components for progressive now-generation churches.
Israel's story is remarkable in itself. Born biracial in 1971 to a white mother who was disowned by her family and abandoned by the child's father, Israel was given his biblical name from a word she saw repeatedly in the Bible given to her by the woman who ministered to her on the streets of San Diego. Not long after Israel was born she married Henry Houghton and they raised Israel and his three younger siblings in Arizona and New Mexico. An interest in music settled within him early on. "I was the kid in church who jumped on the drums at the end of service and annoyed everybody! But my mom is a phenomenal piano player who taught me the basics. And I learned the guitar on a bet from a guy who didn't think I had the discipline to do it. It was 1986 and I was 15 years old. Our bet was 30 days, and in that time I learned how to play practising every single day. I've always been like that about anything I set my mind to. I've always had this feeling that I'm not here to take up free oxygen. Whatever I'm here to do, I'm going to impact my immediate world and, hopefully, the world at large. It's just inherent."
Israel is modest when it comes to acknowledging his musical gifts but his talent is clear from the sophistication of the chord and rhythm changes to the passion of his vocals. "My parents were pastors in a church in Santa Fe," he shares, "On Saturday nights we would do outreach programs with music and theatre. We'd take pop songs and change the lyrics to be more evangelistic - pop/rock/funky stuff from Journey to Stevie Wonder, though songs like "Don't Stop Believing" and "Love's in Need of Love Today" didn't need much tweaking. The musical training came from elbow grease after school."
"I'm not a phenomenal musician," he insists. "I just make what I know work for me. But what I am good at is relationships - connecting with guys that speak a musical language. I've never been afraid of sharing the spotlight with musicians that are ten times better than me because it's not about me. It's about having a great encounter with God and a great experience."