Israel and New Breed will be live in concert in South Africa this month to promote their latest album, Jesus at the Centre.
Fronted by dynamic worship leader, Israel Houghton, the praise and worship powerhouse will be in Johannesburg at the African Dream Family Church on July 26th and in Durban at Bethsaida Ministries International, on July 27th 2014.
After a 5 year hiatus, the super group returns to the music scene with a live album that critics say has infused a combination of jazz, rock, soul and latin flavours. ‘Jesus at the Centre’ was released in August 2013, and listed as number 1 on the US Christian Albums Billboard, peaking at number 2 on the US Top Gospel Albums Billboard. “Your presence is Heaven”, a single from the album, also scooped a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song.
According to Houghton, the New Breed team had been ministering at various events around the world during their 5 year break, and it was those experiences that inspired the music for ‘Jesus at the Centre’. “It felt like the right time and the right statement to make,” Houghton says of the album title. “The simplicity of being all about Jesus, and not using ‘pronoun-ed’ gospel… going back to a place where its not about us, where we’re decreasing because Jesus is increasing and drawing all men to him.”
The Jesus at the Centre tour also features prominent South African crooner, Loyiso Bala, who has recently released his 2nd gospel CD, Power Love Sound.