Israel Houghton is a Grammy-winning gospel singer, songwriter, producer and worship leader who has been making music for over two decades. His latest album, The Power Of One, is a collection of 14 songs that showcase his diverse musical influences and his passion for social justice.
The album opens with the title track, a catchy pop-rock anthem that encourages listeners to make a difference in the world by being the power of one. Houghton sings, "What if it all depended on me / To change the world / To change the world / What if my only responsibility was / To change the world / To change the world / Let me be the one to start a revolution / Let me sing my song to the people of the world / It all begins with one / The power of one".
The album then shifts to a more soulful and funky vibe with songs like "Everywhere That I Go", "Just Wanna Say" and "Surely Goodness". These songs feature Houghton's signature blend of gospel, R&B and Latin rhythms, as well as guest appearances by artists like TobyMac, Martin Smith and Mary Mary. Houghton also showcases his vocal range and versatility on ballads like "I Receive" and "Saved By Grace".
One of the highlights of the album is "You Found Me", a duet with Israel's wife Meleasa Houghton. The song is a testimony of God's grace and love in their lives, as they sing, "You found me / When I was lost / You rescued me / At such a cost / You gave Your life / To make me Yours / Forevermore". The song is also a tribute to their adopted son Sonny, who was born in Africa and joined their family in 2006.
The album closes with "Moving Forward", a powerful declaration of faith and hope in God's promises. Houghton sings, "I'm not going back / I'm moving ahead / I'm here to declare to You / My past is over in You / All things are made new / Surrendered my life to Christ / I'm moving, moving forward".
The Power Of One is a testament of Israel Houghton's musical talent and spiritual vision. It is an album that inspires listeners to worship God and to make a positive impact in the world.
The Power Of One also features some live tracks that capture Houghton's energetic and engaging style of worship leading. Songs like "Sing Redemption's Song", "Better To Believe" and "You Found Me" were recorded live at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, where Houghton serves as a worship leader. These songs showcase Houghton's ability to connect with the audience and create a dynamic atmosphere of praise.
The Power Of One is not only a musical masterpiece, but also a call to action for Christians to be the change they want to see in the world. Houghton challenges listeners to use their gifts, talents and resources to make a difference in their communities and beyond. He also reminds them that they are not alone, but part of a global family of believers who share the same vision and mission. As he sings on the title track, "We can be the change that we want to see / By the power of one / By the power of one". a474f39169