Award-winning American gospel singer, songwriter, music producer, and worship leader Israel Houghton is ready to release the feel of his lockdown and quarantine intimate home worship sessions in his latest project titled “Feels Like Home: The Quarantine Worship Experience” come Wednesday, February 26 on digital stores.
Recorded live, the 14-track Feels Like Home will be available to stream and to purchase in digital, CD, and vinyl formats, available now for pre-order and instant-grat track available immediately. The Feels Like Home project blossomed out of Houghton’s idea in early 2020 to remotely stream worship services, the impetus behind what would become his “Worship Wednesdays,” after seeing an opportunity to explore and reinvent group worship dynamics online throughout the pandemic.
The ‘Israel and New Breed’ family Feels Like Home live from Houghton’s sister-in-law’s New York home in November after each member agreed to quarantine and test for COVID-19 prior to the gathering. Deftly led by Houghton alongside his wife, Adrienne, the team performed while seated “in the round,” creating a warm improvisatory looseness reminiscent of Gospel music’s roots as a communal religious celebration and experience. This includes the new single “Hymn of Breakthrough,” a brightly burning, slow-building epiphany of the “sound of breakthrough” as it echoes throughout the ensemble.
“New Breed celebrated our 20th year together in 2020. And although the entire landscape changed with how we do concerts and touring, we knew it was still important to come together. I’m grateful for the sacrifices made by everyone on our team to carefully gather and participate in this offering. Truth be told, it’s one of the most rewarding worship experiences I’ve ever been a part of.” – Israel Houghton added.