The Power of One

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All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
The man who reinvented contemporary gospel has reinvented himself as a solo artist on this breakthrough debut, and the result is so unbelievable that even his biggest fans may not recognize the magnitude of his talents until experiencing it for themselves. Following a string of Grammy and Dove awards for his live recordings with Israel & New Breed, the breathtakingly broad-based songwriter and performer laid down his first solo studio album, The Power of One, in 2009. The theme of social consciousness is not new to gospel music, and yet Houghton is able to make it sound so fresh and so infectious that it practically stops you in your tracks, forcing you to sit down ...
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All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
The man who reinvented contemporary gospel has reinvented himself as a solo artist on this breakthrough debut, and the result is so unbelievable that even his biggest fans may not recognize the magnitude of his talents until experiencing it for themselves. Following a string of Grammy and Dove awards for his live recordings with Israel & New Breed, the breathtakingly broad-based songwriter and performer laid down his first solo studio album, The Power of One, in 2009. The theme of social consciousness is not new to gospel music, and yet Houghton is able to make it sound so fresh and so infectious that it practically stops you in your tracks, forcing you to sit down and examine new ways to make a difference in the world. Not very many artists have the ability to make such calls to action. And it's that self-examination that Houghton uses to power each masterful track. The album title connotes several dualities that add depth to the lyrics: "one," possibly referring to his becoming a solo artist, as well as a reflection on the theme of coming together in a single voice; and "many," possibly referring to the number of new ways he implies that we can increase our social consciousness, and also the mindbending number of genres that he is able to fuse together, or perhaps the number of guest stars who contribute as either co-writers, singers, or rhythm section. Those guests include tobyMac on the pulsing rock track "You Found Me," Mary Mary on the glorious ballad "Every Prayer," Chevelle Franklyn on the reggae of "Surely Goodness," and Delirious? singer Martin Smith treating listeners on the straightforward rock of "Sing Redemption's Song." Maybe the most impressive feature of the album, however, is how "Iz" captures the energy of his previous live recordings in a studio setting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886974258421
  • Catalog Number: 742584
  • Sales rank: 5,199

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Israel Houghton Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Israel Indexed Contributor
Javier Solís Percussion, Tambourine
Martin Cruz Smith Background Vocals
Steve Crawford Background Vocals
Jonathan DuBose Jr. Guitar
Barry Green Horn
Michael Hodge Electric Guitar
Aaron Lindsey Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Sampling, Hammond B3
Jerry McPherson Guitar
Michael Mellett Background Vocals
Doug Moffet Horn
Doug Moffett Horn
Tracy Silverman Strings
Tommy Sims Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Martin Smith Vocals, Background Vocals
Mark Townsend Keyboards
Liz Vaughn Background Vocals, Sampling
Dan Needham Percussion, Drums
Vinnie Ciesielski Horn
Jonathan Carney Percussion, Drums
Chevelle Franklyn Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerard Woods Background Vocals
Akil Thompson Guitar, Drums
LeAnne Palmore Background Vocals
Jovaun Woods Background Vocals
Ray Bady Leader, Choir Director
Sonny Boy Vocals
Lamar Carter Drums
Dadra Crawford Greathouse Background Vocals
Late Great Daniel Johnson Background Vocals
Missi Hale Background Vocals
Joel Camey Bass, Bass Guitar
Jonathan Camey Percussion, Drums
Bethany Chamberlin Background Vocals
Christabelle Clack Background Vocals
Krystle Harper Background Vocals
Calvin Rogers Drums
Windsor Village's OUTBREAK Youth Ministry Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Terrence Jones Background Vocals
Daniel Johnson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Danny Duncan Engineer, overdub engineer
Michael Coleman Executive Producer, Author
Andraé Crouch Composer
Aaron Lindsey Composer, Programming, Producer, overdub engineer, Audio Production, String Samples
Toby McKeehan Composer
Tommy Sims Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Brian Tankersley Engineer, Vocal Recording
Peter Wilson Composer
Mark Townsend Programming
Jay Scott King Artist Development
Ricardo Sanchez Y Sus Moonlight Composer
Chevelle Franklyn Composer
Chris Springer Artist Development
Onree Gill Arranger
Akil Thompson Composer
Ed Cash Composer
Chris Stevens Engineer
Vlado Meller Mastering, Remastering
Chris Tomlin Composer
Jesse Reeves Composer
Israel Houghton Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Sam Noerr Art Direction
Justin Proctor overdub engineer
Dayna Caddell Composer
Jerry Harris Vocal Recording
Meleasa Houghton Composer
Cindy Cruse Ratcliff Composer
Daniel Johnson Composer
Michael Coleman Audio Production
Richard Mitchell overdub engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    OUTSTANDING ARRAY OF MUSICALITY

    In the "Power of One", Israel Houghton and company deliver such a vast array of musical genres and sounds combined with lyrics that admonish, edify and encourage the listener.
    Whatever style of music you prefer, "Power of One" offers something for everybody.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Absolutely Awesome!

    Once again Israel Houghton has made a CD that is absolutely awesome! The songs will really speak to your heart and soul. His guest artists, TobyMac and MaryMary's songs also really rock! There isn't a song on this CD that I don't like. I highly recommend it!

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