In 1995, Israel and Meleasa Houghton along with Aaron Lindsay founded New Breed Ministries, an organization comprised of noted musicians and singers who serve within their respective churches and together serve the Church at large.
With a desire to draw people of all races, ages and cultures together through worship, Israel and New Breed began melding sounds and songs to create music that breaks down barriers and defies categorization. Not an easy task you might think. But, it seems effortless for Israel who laughingly describes himself as “black kid who grew up in a white family in a Hispanic neighborhood.”
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.
Although their popularity had been growing steadily since the group’s inception, they were catapulted into the limelight during 2005 with the release of their gold-certified CD Live From Another Level. They followed this success with two others – – the release of Alive in South Africa in late 2005 and A Timeless Christmas released in the fall of 2006. The accolades continued to flow including Dove Awards, Stellar Awards, a Soul Train Award and multiple GRAMMY Award nominations. The group also made numerous appearances at high-visibility events including the Stellars and GMA Music Awards and also appeared on BET’s “Lift Every Voice” and “Celebration of Gospel” shows along with TBN’s “Praise The Lord” and CBN’s “The 700 Club” to name a few.
All the while, this dedicated group of ministers continues to tour extensively and to serve at their local churches. (Israel is a worship leader at Houston’s Lakewood Church, home of the popular preacher/author Joel Osteen.)
Danielle is a born-again Christian who has been serving the Lord and sharing the Gospel for almost 22 years. A worship leader and teacher by calling, Danielle has been a member of Israel and New Breed for the past eight years. Previously, she worked with Fred Hammond and Radical For Christ for five years. And, most recently she has been developing her own ministry.
Danielle credits artists such as Israel, Fred Hammond, Martha Munizzi and others for giving her the amazing opportunity to travel around the world. “This gift of God has been not only a responsibility but a huge blessing in my life,” says Danielle who has ministered in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Germany, Holland, Bermuda, Jamaica, the Bahamas, London, Canada, Australia. In addition to working with leading Gospel artists, Danielle has worked with CCM artists, serving as a back-up singer for Darlene Zschech, Michael W. Smith, Don Moen, Nicole C. Mullen, Watermark, Cademon’s Call and others.
Danielle has been featured on albums such as the GRAMMY Award-winningAlive In South Africa (“I Will”) and New Season (“Who Is Like The Lord” and “Suddenly”) with Israel and New Breed and Pages Of Life (“Called Me Friend”) with Fred Hammond and RFC. She also appeared on Word In The House and Prince Of Egypt. She is currently working on several solo projects. “I plan to do all that I can to be effective in the Kingdom of God,” says Danielle. “My desire is to please the Father and bring Heaven to earth through the sound of music and the spoken word.”
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Daniel grew up singing in the church choir and was leading worship by age 18. His professional music career started at 16, when he began singing with Andrae Crouch whom he credits as a major influence in his creative and ethical growth .
Daniel currently serves as worship leader at Abundant Life Cathedral in Houston, Texas and also is a member of Israel and New Breed. Daniel tours frequently with the group and has performed on their popular albums Live From Another Level on which he sang “There’s Not A Friend” and Alive In South Africa on which he sang “Surely The Presence” and “Favor of the Lord.” In addition, he has toured with artists including Martha Munizzi and Darius Rucker. And, he has appeared on albums for Munizzi, Lakewood Church, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Mary Alessi, Karen Clark-Sheard, JoAnn Rosario, Darwin Hobbs, Boyz II Men and Micah Stampley.
He is currently working on a solo project.
Creative, driven and sensitive are just a few words that describe Jamil Whiting. Her love for people is displayed in both ministry and career as she serves as a worship leader at Northwoods Assembly in Houston, Texas, and is also a co-owner of Cosmo Duo Salon.
Jamil is passionate about ministering to young girls and has facilitated sessions for girls ages 12-17 for Pure Alternative Ministries, which is dedicated to promoting abstinence and purity. She also is a mentor for Kingdom Girls International.
Jamil currently travels with Israel and New Breed and has performed on the group’s albums Alive In South Africa on the song “Not Forgotten” and Live From Another Level on the song “There Will Never Be A Friend.” In addition, she has toured with Martha Munizzi and performed on albums by Munizzi, Mary Alessi, Lakewood Church, Karen Clark-Sheard and Marvin Sapp.
New to the gospel music industry, this singer, songwriter, clinician, educator, and businesswoman is full of vision and clear in her purpose.
Driven by a passion to share the great Gospel of Jesus Christ, Stacey believes that worship is a lifestyle. “I’ve learned that praise and worship are the keys that unlock the doors of peace and joy that lead to abundant living, understanding of purpose and excellence in every area of our lives,” she says. “Praise and worship take the focus off of you and your situation and shift the attention toward God. True worship is not rehearsed or restrained, but is pure, sincere and birthed out of relationship with the Father.”
Stacey currently serves as a member of Israel and New Breed and has performed on the albums Alive In South Africa on the song “You’ve Been A Friend” and Live From Another Level on the song “Friend.” In addition to her work with Israel and New Breed, she has toured with Martha Munizzi and participated in the “Sisters in the Spirit” tour as a backing vocalist for Munizzi, Yolanda Adams, Juanita Bynum, Kelly Price, Rizen and Sheila E. She has appeared on various artists’ projects including: Mary Alessi, Martha Munizzi, Lakewood Church, Karen Clark-Sheard, Bishop Jakes and Micah Stampley.
Stacey is the co-founder of Kingdom Girls International, a non-profit organization committed to helping young women build better lives through mentoring and abstinence counseling. Stacey is a graduate of Grambling State University. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Stacey is currently writing her first book and working on material for a devotional CD titled Prayer Time.
Israel and New Breed
Fact Sheet and Discography
2007 GRAMMY Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album (Alive In South Africa)
Additional Nominations include:
Best Gospel Performance (“Not Forgotten”),
Best Gospel Song (“Not Forgotten”) and
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album (A Timeless Christmas)
2006 Nomination – Best Gospel Song (“Again, I Say Rejoice)
2005 Nomination – Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album (Live From Another Level)
2007 Nominations – Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist
of the Year, CD of the Year, Urban/Inspirational Performance of the Year
2006 Nomination – Music Video of the Year
2005 Award for CD of the Year for Live From Another Level
2005 Award for Male Vocalist of the Year
Dove Awards (Gospel Music Association)
2006 Award for Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year for “Not Forgotten”; also nominations for Song of the
Year, Praise and Worship Album, Long Form Music Video
2005 Award for Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year (Live From Another Level)
2005 Award for Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year (for “Again, I Say Rejoice”)
Soul Train Awards
2005 Award for Best Gospel Album for Live from Another Level
2005 Award for Gospel Break Out Artist of the Year
Sound of the New Breed – Freedom
A Timeless Christmas
Alive in South Africa (Double CD & DVD)
Live from Another Level (Double CD & DVD) – Certified Gold by the RIAA
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