Jesus at the Center: Live

Jesus at the Center: Live

by Israel & New Breed



When you've cut your teeth cutting live albums -- and have single-handedly become a one-stop source for multicultural church music -- five years is a long time to be away from the game. In the case of gospel-praise supergroup Israel & New Breed, that's not really a problem. Its frontman, Israel Houghton, has kept busy all along, exploring the solo route with two albums, The Power of One and Love God. Love People, while continuing to resource churches for new material. Plus, it's not like the band was twiddling its thumbs: they accompanied the bandleader wherever he went -- on tour with Chris Tomlin, on-stage at the Grammys, or back home at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church. It's at the Houston megachurch that Israel and the gang reassembled for Jesus at the Center, a double-disc recording in the spirit of the classics New Season and Live from Another Level -- the top-selling albums that made the group a household name in gospel. Like efforts past, Jesus consists of two main movements. The first one is a praise-fest featuring a string of high-octane numbers, running the gamut from corporate choral praise ("Jesus the Same," "More Than Enough") and contemporary gospel ("No Turning Back") to Latin electro-pop (the Pitbull-esque "Te Amo"), and even a gospel-ska hybrid ("Rez Power"). The vibe isn't always congregational -- "Te Amo," in particular, is more a dance party than a praise party -- but that's merely Israel getting the audience primed for something a little deeper. The turning point is the pop ballad "Jesus at the Center," a rousing number giving way to the second movement, a stretch of worshipful, impassioned slow-burners that segue right into one another. This is familiar territory for the group, which makes it all the harder to pinpoint which songs from Jesus at the Center will join the ranks of "Friend of God" and "You Are Good" in the canon of cross-cultural praise. Aside from the title track -- which some churches have had in rotation since its inclusion in the collective's 2011 retrospective, Decade -- only time will tell how the new material will fare with churchgoers. After all, they're the gatekeepers who continue to give Israel & New Breed a reason to sing.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2012
Label: Imports
UPC: 0000768506325
catalogNumber: 5036234

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Israel & New Breed   Primary Artist
Javier Solís   Percussion
John Bowen   Background Vocals
Aaron Lindsey   Keyboards,Readings
Omar Martinez   Trumpet
Michael Mellett   Choir, Chorus
Chris Carmichael   Strings
René Ornelas   Saxophone
Daniel Johnson   Vocals
Ed Cash   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tony Lucido   Bass
Israel Houghton   Guitar,Piano,Drums,Readings
Matt Campbell   Bass
Paul Mabury   Drums
James Williams   Trumpet
Justin Raines   Bass,Key Bass
Kevin Camp   Drums,Keyboards
Josh Robinson   Drums
Buddy Strong   Keyboards,Hammond B3
Joel Camey   Electric Guitar
Christabelle Clack   Vocals
Krystle Harper   Vocals
Jerry Harris   Keyboards
Erica King   Vocals
Onaje Jefferson   Vocals
Jeremiah Woods   Vocals
Lois DuPlessis   Vocals
Lakewood Church Choir   Choir, Chorus
Jeremiah McConico   Electric Guitar
Adrian Disch   Synthesizer
Chris Lacorte   Electric Guitar
Charlin Moore   Vocals
Shawn Flowers   Vocals
Cody Norris   Background Vocals
Mike Clemons   Drums
Ryan Horton   Vocals
Rev. Tina Baker   Vocals
Randy Alison   Saxophone
Eddie Luis   Trumpet
Felix de Leon   Trumpet
Victoria Orta   Violin,Cello
Yankar Gonzales   Trombone
Chris Baker   Keyboards
Bethany Masepiqa   Vocals

Technical Credits

Danny Duncan   Engineer
Aaron Lindsey   Composer,Programming,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Omar Martinez   Horn Arrangements
Michael Mellett   Director
Tommy Sims   Composer
Chris Carmichael   String Arrangements
Adam Ranney   Composer
Jim Gray   String Arrangements
Ed Cash   Producer
Rene "M.C. T-Bone" Sotomayor   Composer
Israel Houghton   Composer,Executive Producer,Horn Arrangements
Terrance Jones   Engineer
Iz   Producer
Lisa Gungor   Composer
Michael Gungor   Composer
Casey Graham   Engineer
Amante Lacey   Composer
Sidney Mohede   Composer
Meleasa Houghton   Composer
Jeremiah Woods   Composer
Frederick Whitfield   Composer
Ricardo Sanchez   Composer
Brad Waller   Composer
Robert Dylan   Composer
Joseph Salamida   Engineer
Jay King   Artist Development
Joth Hunt   Composer
Boerhaüs   Artwork
Angel O. Martinez   Horn Arrangements
Mario Caroscio   Engineer
BJ Putnam   Composer
C. Ryan Dunham   Executive Producer
Micah Massey   Composer
Scharita Lacey   Composer
Willie Garcia   Programming
Gorff Wood   Monitors
Alden Lewis   Engineer
Rory James   Monitors
Brad Duryea   Engineer
Chris Baker   Programming
Doug Enquist   Composer
Lela B. Long   Composer
Kelley Steele   Composer
Nick Cooper   Vocal Coach
Ron Russ   Engineer
Galley Molina   Executive Producer
Linz   Producer

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