Standing on "The Power of One"

Award-winning Christian music artist and Lakewood Church worship leader Israel Houghton talks to Beliefnet about his latest album, "The Power of One."

Following the success of Israel and New Breed’s collaborative efforts, Christian artist and worship leader Israel Houghton is returning to his roots as a solo artist for his latest album “The Power of One.” More than just music, “The Power of One” has become a movement for the artist and his team. It is an opportunity to remind people that it only takes one person to set the wheels of change in motion.

Israel spoke to Beliefnet about the story behind “The Power of One”, why fans almost didn’t get to hear the title track, and shared his thoughts on the economic crisis and how we can get out of it.

How did "The Power of One" come about?

It sort of surfaced around a song that I wrote a few years back. Actually it’s been two and a half years now. It was just before we recorded the “Deeper Level” record, and I said, “Well, maybe this song goes on this [album].” But even before that, it was actually a song that we were asked to write for a mainstream female artist. As I was getting ready to send the demo off to this artist, [my wife] Meleasa was like, “Don’t you dare send that song, there is a moment for that song that you have to deliver, don’t give it away.” And I said, “Well, all right.” So then we started thinking, maybe it goes on the “Deeper Level” record and when we talked to the label and some of our team, they said, “’Power of One’ is a movement and a campaign all its own, so don’t tack it on to "Deeper Level," which is its own thing.” We felt like we had a good song, and started building the rest of the record around it and we feel very much like it was a mission accomplished as far as the whole record is concerned.

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The theme around the “Power of One” is when you know who is with you, not being afraid, not being discouraged, knowing that goodness and mercy are following us all the days of our lives. It almost seems like--though it wasn’t intended--every song sort of has a bit of that theme in it. That he is near, he is closer than we think sometimes, and that it’s going to be alright. Every song speaks to that kind of uplifting, encouraging theme.

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