Giving You the Gospel

Israel Houghton Has Got You ‘Covered’

Grammy, Stellar Award winner and 13-time Dove recipient Israel Houghton, continues to span the globe promoting his most recent single, “Covered” scheduled for digital release on October 14.

The anointed praise and worship anthem is from his upcoming live CD recording, COVERED…ALIVE IN ASIA, due in February.

“Anyone who has followed our music for any length of time in our 15 years of existence knows that we tend to sing a lot about God’s grace,” says Houghton. “We all need it. This single ‘Covered’ represents the newest—and I believe clearest–version of that force of God’s favor that I’ve ever had the privilege of writing.”

The longtime senior worship leader at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas has penned some of the top praise and worship songs heard on radio and in sanctuaries worldwide. The prolific songwriter’s catalog includes “Rejoice,” “Here I Am to Worship,” “Moving Forward” and “Jesus At the Center.”

The founder of the musical group New Breed is recorded his live CD throughout several Asian cities including Manila, Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul. The new album will mark the talented singer’s 10th album with New Breed and will feature a concert film on limited theatrical release and DVD, plus a Spanish companion album.

“We first started praying for certain nations when we released Deeper Level in 2007. We’ve been touring Asia since 2008 and have developed a love for these cities and countries as they have also shown us much love,” says Houghton. “Most people in church especially in America may not have an idea as to just how significant gospel and worship music has affected the furthest reaches of the Earth. And that is especially true in Asia. It’s Asia’s time. That’s pretty indisputable right now. Also, these crowds are loud and energetic, which is perfect for a project like this.”

In other Giving You the Gospel news:

On October 6, Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) hosted a Pre-Dove Awards Celebration Dinner, honoring its nominees and celebrating the label’s 10 nominations for this year’s GMA Dove Awards. Nominees Erica Campbell, Ricky Dillard, William McDowell, Jonathan McReynolds, and Anaysha attended the pre-ceremony celebration in Nashville, where the five artists collectively earned eight nominations.

Also, Campbell won “Traditional Gospel Song of the Year” for her song “A Little More Jesus” and performed her song “Help” with Lecrae on the show. Nominee Jonathan McReynolds was a presenter on the show, and he also co-hosted and performed at the 45th Annual Dove Awards Pre-Show. Nominee William McDowell also performed at the pre-show.

The 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards show will air on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) this Sunday, October 12. Check your local listings for exact times.

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