‘Jesus at the Center’ Israel & New Breed
Israel & New Breed, the Grammy-nominated gospel act led by singer Israel Houghton, provides many superb praise and worship songs on its new album, Jesus at the Center.
Houghton co-wrote the majority of songs on the double-disc album, offering solid, upbeat gospel tunes that are fused with jazz and rock melodies. The 21 tracks – some new, some old – flow easily as the group delivers a series of powerful messages about faith and empowerment.
The musicians recorded the high-energy, well-produced album over three nights at Lakewood Church in Houston. Houghton’s voice is strong throughout, particularly on I Call You Jesus and Your Presence Is Heaven. The singer collaborates with his wife, Mariah, on the pleasant and slow-paced To Make You Feel My Love/Name of Love.
Numerous shouts and applause are heard on the energetic Rez Power, and You Have Me/You Hold My World featuring Michael Gungor is enjoyable.