Meleasa Houghton is a renowned gospel artist. She sang and wrote songs with the Isreal and Breed band for several years, winning a Dove Gospel Music Award and getting a Grammy nomination along the way.
She was married to Grammy award winner, gospel music artist Isreal Houghton for over 20 years before getting divorced – they have 3 children together. Meleasa has contributed to various popular gospel songs including Our Presence, Jesus at the Center, Rez Power, Your Presence is Heaven, among others.
Meleasa Houghton – Biography
Meleasa Houghton was born in the United States of America on the 1st of March 1964. She dedicated her life to Christ and the gospel ministry at a tender age. It was while she worked in Christian ministry that she came to meet her would-be-husband Israel.
While details about her family and early life have been kept away from the media, Meleasa has shared some glimpses into her childhood. She thanked her mother on social media recently for raising her in the way of God and teaching her to be strong through her actions. It is obvious that her family was a close-knit Christian one.
Meleasa met Israel in the course of his ministry at Pittsburgh and the pair began a relationship. After a whirlwind romance, they got married in 1994, building a home based on trust, mutual respect, and love for Christ. In the course of their marriage, they had 3 children together – Mariah Houghton (their first daughter who married her longtime boyfriend (Byron Rideau), as well as Israel II Houghton and Milan Houghton.
After her marriage to Israel, she became part of his Israel and Breed band where she officially started her gospel music career. Her commitment and dedication paid off as she won the Gospel Music Artist Dove Award in 2015 for the “Traditional Gospel Song of the Year” category. Meleasa also got a Grammy Award nomination in the category of “Best Gospel Performance/Song in 2016. She has contributed to some popular songs which include: “Chasing Me Down”, “How Awesome is Our God”, “It’s Not Over”, “Alpha and Omega” amongst others.
Meleasa Houghton is quite active on Instagram with over 12,000 followers. It seems the musical gene runs in the family as she has shared videos of her talented children singing and playing different instruments.
Divorce And Affairs
Meleasa was married to Israel Houghton for over 20 years. Israel is a popular worship leader, songwriter, and music producer. He has released more than 13 albums since 1997, releasing 11 of them under his personal music label. He has been nominated for numerous prestigious awards out of which he has won 2 Stellar Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, and 11 GMA Dove Awards.
Isreal and Meleasa finally called it quits with Israel openly confessing that “he has sinned in his marriage”. While he didn’t elaborate on the nature of his ‘sin’, it was speculated and concluded that he has been unfaithful to his wife. They separated in 2014 and their divorce was finalized on the 22nd of February 2016.
Israel’s confession sparked a lot of debate within the Evangelical Christian community. He was indefinitely suspended as the worship leader in his local assembly – The Lakewood Church led by Joel Osteen. People were outraged that such a respected gospel artist could get caught up in such a scandal.
Israel comes across as a pious worshiper and people wondered how he could have fallen victim to such life. It seems the first step towards healing and forgiveness was coming out clean with what he had done.
While Meleasa didn’t say much throughout the scandal and sordid affair, Israel has come out to say that they have maintained their friendship even after the divorce. Israel seems to have found love again as he has moved on to date and marry television personality and singer Adrienne Bailon. They wedded on the 11th of November 2016.
Meleasa, on the other hand, seems to be focusing on her career, children, and relationship with God after her divorce. It is uncertain if she is seeing anyone right now as she hasn’t shared any information or news concerning her private life.
Facts About Israel Houghton’s Ex-Wife
• Meleasa is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 60kg
• She doesn’t have a Facebook or Twitter account. She only has an Instagram account.
• Meleasa’s love for her daughter Mariah Houghton can be seen in the frequency at which she posts about her on her Instagram page.
• She has been able to garner an estimated net worth of $1 million in her admired career.