Israel wins Grammy for “Your Presence Is Heaven”!

This Award Marks Israel Houghton’s 5th GRAMMY Award, His First Win For Best Contemporary Christian Music Song

Israel & New Breed 2013 Touring Spans Four Continents

Released amidst international acclaim in August of last year and launching to the top of multiple retail sales charts, Israel & New Breed’s Jesus At The Center received a GRAMMY Award yesterday from The Recording Academy during the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, which were broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on the CBS Television Network. Receiving an award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song for the hit AC radio single from the album, “Your Presence Is Heaven” (a tie with Matt Redman’s “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord),”), the latter nod marks Israel Houghton’s first award in the category and fifth GRAMMY so far for the celebrated recording artist. Houghton shares the GRAMMY with “Your Presence Is Heaven” co-writer, Micah Massey.

Jesus At The Center, which was also nominated for a Best Gospel Album GRAMMY, marks Houghton’s return with New Breed after two successful solo projects for the first live recording in five years from Israel & New Breed. The album is a joint venture by Integrity Music and RGM-NEW BREED Music, and was recorded live over four days in front of more than 29,000 worshippers at Houston’s Lakewood Church. The Jesus At The Center double-CD, 18-song album with three additional studio singles features Israel & New Breed returning to their roots, delivering new anthems for the modern day church. The album further became Israel’s fifth consecutive Billboard Top 200-selling album, gathering praise from fans and critics alike. (A buy link for the album is

After hearing the album, USA Today’s Brian Mansfield calls Israel Houghton “an impassioned worship leader with impeccable pacing” who has “a killer band that blends ’80s synth-funk, Latin dance, even arena rock.” Associated Press says the music is “superb praise and worship” as Worship Leader confirms it is “a multicultural, polyrhythmic, choral feast of pop-shaded, rock-informed worship that combines and fuses a universe of musical possibility.” The recording also received multiple major print and broadcast network attention from ABC’s The View, Los Angeles Times, The 700 Club, BET, WGN TV, Jet Magazine, PBS NewsHour, The Tavis Smiley Show, Gospel Music Channel, Ebony, The Washington Post,, San Francisco Chronicle, CCM Magazine, Detroit News and more.

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 says of Jesus At The Center, “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. This project simply places Jesus where he is supposed to be. We intentionally removed the metaphors and simply focused on his name.”

In addition to the GRAMMY nominations, Houghton was recently tapped by the 28th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards to perform at their annual awards ceremony. Houghton sang his No. 1 Gospel hit single, “It’s Not Over (When God Is In It)” from Jesus At The Center. To see his compelling performance that aired live on GMC TV, go to .

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14 Responses

  1. Annie Smart says:

    “I’m in love with a church girl” is previewed at beginning your your DVD. I have searched for a “release date” for the movie and cannot find it. Can you tell me when it will be released?

  2. Ricci Mason says:

    The album “JESUS at the center” has this number and along with several other, They are inspiring and full of Gods words. The number “Its not over” 1st version, applies to my world exactly. The lines where it says about being for my marriage (I’ve been separated for 4 months) to my wayward sons and daughters(it applies to my step children), my unsaved spouse(she knows who Christ is but,has not been saved)my health(had a mini stroke in December) and my finances(my house went to forclosure from my separation) but God is good all the time. and its not over until God says so. My biggest prayer is for my unsaved spouse and her salvation.
    Praise God and all his miraculous works..

  3. evelyn says:

    this dvd (Jesus at the center) was life changing for me. I got this dvd for my 60th birthday and at that time I was at a very low point in my life… facing uncertainty about the future….retirement looking me in the face…starting to feel quite useless.
    Then I listened to ‘It’s not over till GOD says so..’
    This literally changed my life….my life is now filled with joy and hope and so many new God-plans.
    Thank you for the hope you bring to millions.
    The LORD bless you. Evelyn, South Africa.

  4. Denise Jackson says:

    So very thankful that God has chosen and anointed Israel to magnify Jesus and the Body of Christ in this generation so that all who desire to may participate in praise that is from God to God.
    Such music ignites, frees and transforms its listeners through God’s unfailing, infinite love for us.

  5. Tatiana says:

    Israel, thank you for being so bold and divinely creative. God has chosen you to uplift a generation and draw us closer to the Creator, the lover of our souls. Your work, time and effort is not in vain. I can personally say my life has been changed due to your ministry. The Lord has used you to motivate me in my walk and to always feel desperate for God’s delicious presence.

    Continue to leave your heart open for HIM to use you amazingly…

  6. Mark Lee says:

    A true inspiration for songwriters, musicians and worshi leaders all over the world including myself. I’ve fallen in love with this group since their 2005 Live in South Africa cd and even more when I met them all individually in West palm Beach Florida at the Chris Tomlin hello Love Tour. Thanks for all your continued inspiration dedication and hard work Israel & new Breed. True hearts of worship.

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  11. Yinka Oladeji says:

    The songs are powerful, it helps me to perpetually and consciously put Jesus where he is meant to be at the centre of everything I am or will be and to always seek His presence in all that I do or will do.
    They are songs for the very moments of our lives.
    God bless you Mr Houghton.

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  15. Patience Mukondwa says:

    God is working through you! Totally in love with Jesus at centre! God Bless you New Bread!

  16. Ola-Mae Hamilton says:

    I love Jesus At The Center because I can’t stop listning to the cd.

  17. Panoh says:

    ‘Your Presence Is Heaven To Me’- what a song! I first heard it sung on Emmanuel TV- A church in Nigeria called The Synagogue Church Of All Nations. Even today 23/11/2013 their worship choir was singing it. I couldn’t help but notice the expressions and worship in people faces as they sang and really expressed the words as they worshiped to God. Thank You, God bless you with even more songs to His glory. South Africa

  18. Rossy says:

    ‘Your presence is Heaven to me’-powerful song i can’t stop singing even in my spirit, it makes me wanna worship again and again when am heavy it lays all aside… making Jesus MOST at the center OF IT ALL. Israel Houghton God will continually bless you abundantly for making you a mouth-piece.

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