It is not news that several secular artists started their careers from the church; they sang in churches as kids then decided to explore the world at some points in their life. The case is different for Israel; he started in church and has remained in the gospel community all his life. Houghton is not just a gifted singer but has won four Grammy Awards in the gospel category among several other awards and nominations.
Date of Birth: May 19, 1971
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
He is not just a gospel singer and worship leader, he has his own band named Israel and New Breed. This gospel group performs all over the United States and beyond blessing lives with their faith-infused Christian music. Keep reading to know all there is to know about the love life of this gospel voice box.
Margaret Houghton (mother)
She was 17 when she got pregnant; her family definitely did not take this news with joy as their daughter was a teenager who still had her life ahead of her. At the time, Margaret was a terrific concert pianist and she was advised to get an abortion but she decided against her parents’ wishes to keep the baby.
She practically lost contact with her parents after this tough choice. Eight months into the pregnancy, she also split up with Israel’s black father. Margaret happened to be on drugs at the time and her life was literally spiralling down until she met a woman out of the blues on the street. This lady came to her with the message of the love of Jesus and also told her she made the right decision even as she knew her from nowhere. This was how Mama Houghton began her faith journey and when her son was born, she raised him in the same light.
Margaret got married to Henry Houghton and had more kids, at least one more son that we know about.
Meleasa Houghton (former spouse)
Duration of Marriage: 1994 – 2016 (22 years)
Date of Birth: March 1, 1964
Zodiac Sign: Aries
For decades, Israel has been singing about Christian values and his faith. He met his wife at his ministry in Pittsburg and within four months, they were married. He had a sweet marriage with Meleasa; they maintained the ministry together and were happy as parents until news broke out that he had cheated on his wife. In February 2016, the star singer released a statement on facebook which he later deleted explaining how he had sinned and failed in his marriage of over two decades.
The affair he had was several years before 2016 and they have tried as a couple to make things work but the situation proved too much to handle. Before 2016, they had been separated for a long time and just had to come to terms with the impossible situation in 2016. Houghton did not only confess but he apologized to his fans, family and friends for his personal failure.
Since her divorce, Meleasa has been single and has been on good terms with her ex-husband. They continue as co-parents to their three lovely kids.
DeVawn Moreno (former partner)
She was never in the picture until 2016 when she sued the gospel singer regarding child support payments. It became clear that the Friend of God singer had been fathering two kids with her while he was married to Meleasa.
Adrienne Eliza Houghton (spouse)
Duration of Marriage: November 11, 2016 till present
Date of Birth: October 24, 1983
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Adrienne is famous in the entertainment world as a pop singer and as a daytime talk show host. She initially wanted to own a career in healthcare but her passion for music took over. In 2007, the former Cheetah girl was in a relationship with Robert Kardashian Jr. but it lasted two years then she met with other guys after him.
Her relationship with Houghton became public amidst his divorce case. Rumours circulated quickly that she was the reason behind the Houghton divorce scandal but the lovers quickly slashed this story explaining that his marriage had ended years before Bailon (Adrienne’s maiden name) came along.
He added that his then girl-friend was a woman of integrity and character and has been a true friend all through his tough times. Their friendship became deeper and both adults decided to explore the option of a love relationship. They seemed to get along well and immediately he announced his divorce in 2016, their romance became a public knowledge.
The sweethearts have been married for over a year now and in January 2018; Adrienne revealed that she hoped to start a family this year. She added that it would be a wish comes true as it has always been her biggest desire to be a mom. While we wait for the big news, Bailon is enjoying her life with Houghton.
Jordan Houghton (son)
Date of Birth: 1993
He is the first son of the famed American gospel singer. He was born from Israel’s previous relationship before his 1994 wedding with Meleasa.
Mariah Angelique Rideau (nee Houghton) (daughter with Meleasa Houghton)
Date of Birth: August 31, 1995
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Like her father, Mariah is a singer who sang in church and eventually led worship for Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Since 2016, she has been married to Christian minister and poet Byron Rideau.
Israel “Sonny” Houghton Jr. (son with Meleasa Houghton)
Date of Birth: September 16, 2001
Zodiac sign: Virgo
He is the only son from Israel’s marriage with Meleasa.
Milan Lillian Houghton (daughter with Meleasa Houghton)
Date of Birth: October 21, 2003
Zodiac Sign: Libra
She is the second daughter of the Our God Reigns singer and has now grown popular on her social media accounts.
Kingston and Khristian Houghton (children with DeVawn Moreno)
Both siblings are Israel’s love child whom he had with another woman while he was still married to Meleasa.