Who is Meleasa Houghton?
Meleasa Houghton was born on 1 March 1964, in the United States of America, and is a gospel singer, being a Grammy Award nominee for Best Gospel Performance/Song. However, she is probably best known from previously being married to musician Israel Houghton, for 21 years before their divorce.
The Riches of Meleasa Houghton
How rich is Meleasa Houghton? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $4 million, mostly earned through success in music, however, her wealth was also elevated by the financial settlement through her divorce from Israel, who has a net worth estimated at $8 million. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Career
Meleasa grew up in the USA, but there is almost no information about her childhood and early life, nor is it known where she gained her education before she found a career in gospel music. Her career achievements come from her work with the band Israel & New Breed, which was created by her former husband.
She helped the band create numerous hit songs, and helped produce many of their albums. Some of her contributions to the band include “Rez Power”, “Jesus at the Center”, and “Our Presence”. Her husband has also been credited for singing, and songwriting some of the band’s songs. Thanks to her efforts, she was awarded the GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year in 2015, and was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance/Song. The group continued to make music for a decade, releasing numerous albums until the couple separated and divorced.
Marriage to Israel Houghton and Divorce
According to reports, Meleasa met Israel through his ministry in Pittsburgh, and after being in a relationship for just four months, the couple to marry. This was even before Israel started his own band, and so before the couple achieved success in the music industry. They would go on to have three children, and their marriage appeared strong without many problems until 2016. During that year, Israel confessed that he had “sinned” in their relationship; though he didn’t specify the exact details of his wrong doing, many speculated that he had an affair or was caught up in infidelity during their marriage.
They divorced shortly after his confession and the divorce drew a lot of attention to many men who proclaim their devotion to God, but how a lot of them can’t maintain success in their marriage when they find popularity. Israel would later claim to the media that, despite divorcing, the two still remain as good friends, but they no longer make music together. Shortly after their divorce, Israel started a relationship with founding Cheetah Girls member Adrienne Houghton, and they were married four months after their relationship began. Many speculated that Adrienne is the reason for Meleasa’s divorce from Israel. After the marriage, Adrienne became the step-mother to Israel’s children.
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Meleasa would gain a huge increase in her wealth as she got essentially half of her former spouse’s property from their divorce, although specific details of their financial settlement are not known. Prior to their divorce, they shared a house together that was valued at nearly $800,000. Since the divorce and her husband’s remarriage, Meleasa has stayed away from the media spotlight; it is likely that she is still serving as a gospel singer in some capacity.
In the meantime, her former husband has been getting a lot of attention due to his eventual remarriage. Reports of he and Adrienne started being shown on media as they were seen together on a beach in Mexico. After the issue with Meleasa, he was put on indefinite leave from the church he was serving, Lakewood church, which is headed by Joel Osteen. This didn’t stop him however, as he continued to release more music apart from his original projects. There are reports that he is financially stretched thin recently, and owes a large debt to the bank for his home in Texas.
Is Meleasa Houghton on Social Media?
Meleasa is active on social media, particularly on Facebook on which she showcases some of her photographs taken during the peak of her music career; there are also some of her with her former husband when they were younger posted on her page. She can also be seen in pictures with her children, and now looks to be focusing more on her family.
She hasn’t posted much in recent months, except for a few pictures and birthday greetings. She also thanks her friends for their support during her mother’s recovery from illness.