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March 24, 2009
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Sounds like … a mishmash of sensibilities spanning Motown, gospel, funk, modern worship, pop, rock, reggae, and various fusions thereof.

At a glance …The Power of One is the most freeform thing Israel Houghton has ever worked on, while expanding even further his calling to every tribe, tongue, and nation.

Nobody knows this, but Israel Houghton is going solo—maybe not officially, but certainly logistically. Until further notice, Houghton has chosen to break rank with his famed Israel & New Breed brand and present himself as sole proprietor of what he likes to call "kingdom music." He has even named his seventh Integrity album The Power of One.

Of course, that first paragraph is merely my silly conspiracy theory about one of my favorite artists. My obsession began with 2001's New Season, a disc that didn't just introduce a new, cross-cultural voice to the contemporary worship sphere, but also blew open the door for races and generations of different stripes to worship together.

From there on out, Israel & New Breed were unstoppable. Whether live or in the studio, the ensemble proved itself one of the most eclectic and accomplished aggregates in all of faith-based music, garnering in the process two Grammys, a boatload of Dove and Stellar awards, two gold-certified records, and acclaim across the board.

With such a solid rap sheet under the group's belt, it's anyone's guess why The Power of One is so unlike anything Houghton has done before. For the first time ever, he appears to be veering from his calling to serve the church with new songs to sing. Instead, Israel appears to be going for a ministry platform looking at how social justice and worship intersect.

That explains why The Power of One is more message-driven ...

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