Who is Israel Houghton’s ex-wife? Meleasa Houghton Wiki Bio
Meleasa Houghton was born in the USA on 1 March 1964 – her birth sign is Pisces and she holds American nationality. She is a gospel singer who came under the spotlight after marrying Israel Houghton, a popular American singer.
Early life and education
Meleasa was raised by her parents in the US; she began taking singing lessons at the age of six –and was especially attracted to gospel. After matriculating from high school, she launched her career as a gospel singer, and did not enroll at college.
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My dearest Mariah, Happy Birthday. It seems like yesterday that I held you in my arms as a baby. I want you to understand that I hold you in my heart and forever in my arms. I know you well and the part I love the most is your heart for other people. The way you care and your endeavor to walk in love and peace. Please remember what I have told you so many times, to love and be kind and embrace the moments you are in. God sees everything and will watch over us all! Have a beautiful day and I will see you soon and I will hold you ever so tightly…..?❤️????
Career as a singer
Meleasa began singing gospel songs professionally at the age of 19, and then went on to join her ex-husband’s band Israel & New Breed. The band was popular in the US and Meleasa contributed to their songs such as “Rez Power” and “Our Presence Is Heaven”, among others.
Meleasa was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Song in 2016, having won a GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year in 2015. She has had a few hit songs, such as “How Awesome is Our God” and “Alpha and Omega”.
Love life and marriage with ex-husband Israel Houghton
Meleasa and Israel met in 1990 before the launch of his singing career, as he became active only after 1997 – they dated for more than four years before marrying in 1994 at a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family. Meleasa gave birth to three children named Mariah, Israel II, and Milan – Mariah married Byron Rideau in 2016 and the two are expecting their first child. Meleasa and her husband’s union lasted for around 22 years before they separated in 2015, while their divorce was finalized on 22 February 2016.
Happy 19th Anniversary to two of the most amazing people in my life – Israel & Meleasa Houghton. Who you are has impacted, inspired & blessed me so much more than you'll ever know. Love you guys! B
The reason behind the divorce was Israel’s cheating, as Meleasa caught him with another woman – it is also rumored that he was also cheating on Meleasa at the time with his now wife Adrienne. Meleasa hasn’t remarried; she is currently single and doesn’t appear to be seeing anyone.
Hobbies and other interests
Meleasa has been a fan of music since she was very young, and singing gospel songs is both her job and a hobby – she is also very fond of country music, as well as blues.
She is a dancer too, and practiced several dancing styles during her teenage years. She enjoys travelling, and her job as a singer has taken her all around the US while she has also had a chance to visit several European and African countries to perform there as well.
Meleasa is a very religious person and goes to church every week. She is fond of watching movies and TV shows in her free time – her favorite TV series is “Friends”, and her favorite movies include “One Day” and “Coming to America” starring Eddie Murphy.
She is a lover of animals, and has a pet dog.
Appearance and net worth
Meleasa is 55 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 6ins (1.67m) tall, and weighs around 134lbs (61kgs) – her net worth is over $1 million, while her ex-husband Israel’s net worth is over $8 million.
Who is Israel Houghton, Meleasa’s ex-husband?
Israel Houghton was born in Oceanside, California USA, on 19 May 1971 – his birth sign is Taurus and he holds American nationality. Israel is a gospel singer, songwriter, producer, and a contemporary worship leader.
Israel was raised by his father and his mother Margaret who was a housewife – his mother became pregnant with him at the age of 17 and although she was advised to have an abortion, she went through with her pregnancy. Israel’s parents split when he was still very young and Margaret turned to drugs for comfort – she got ‘clean’ years later, and turned to God and faith, with Israel following in her footsteps.
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He became famous all around the US after the release of Michael Gungor’s album “Bigger Than My Imagination”, which he produced entitled– the album was loved by the audience as well as the critics, and became the best worship album of the year 2003, according to the “Christianity Today” magazine.
In 1997 Israel released his first album entitled “Whisper It Loud”, after creating a band Israel & New Breed together with his now ex-wife Meleasa– their next album “Live From Another Level” was released in 2004 while “The Power of One” followed in 2009. Israel is also known for two of his other albums, entitled “Jesus at the Center: Live” released in 2012, and “The Road To DeMaskUs” in 2018.
Israel is also a YouTuber, as he launched his channel on 24 November 2008 and has over 130,000 subscribers – most of his videos have been viewed over a million times. He is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, and weighs around 176lbs (80kgs) – he has brown hair and brown eyes, his chest size is 44, biceps size is 15, and his waist measures 32ins.
Israel has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, winning four of them – he also holds a Soul Train Award, and has won 11 Dove Awards. He is currently serving as the worship leader at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, located in Houston, Texas.