israel_houghton_c_web.jpgIf you have been putting off attending one of the free Gospel Sunday events at the Adrienne Arsht Center, here’s your last chance this season. On April 13, Israel Houghton and New Breed close out this season’s concerts.


The five-time Grammy Award-winning gospel sensation is bringing his energetic, spiritual and soulful music to the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.

“Staying true to our commitment of providing South Florida with accessible top notch entertainment, we’re proud to close our seventh annual free Gospel Sundays season with 13-time Dove Award-winner Israel Houghton,” said John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “We look forward to an
afternoon of Houghton’s gospel signature style – combined with funk, horns, a rhythm section and lots audience interaction.”

Joining Houghton in concert is the South Florida Caribbean Chorale and Miami Mass Choir. Steve Higgins is director of The South Florida Caribbean Chorale, which leads the Jamaican Consulate’s annual signature Ecumenical Independence service in South Florida. The Arsht Center’s resident ensemble, Miami Mass Choir, is directed by Pastor Marc Cooper and consists of 60 South Florida residents, from Lauderhill to Florida City.

In 1995, Houghton formed a group of musicians into his band, the New Breed, playing jazz, rock and gospel. His first two albums Whisper It Loud and Way of the World received critical acclaim and were followed by 11 solo and group CDs. His latest album is called I’m In Love With A Church Girl. He opened the 50th annual Grammy Awards in 2011 with Aretha Franklin and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Last year he won his fifth Grammy for a singled entitled Your Presence in Heaven.

The Houghton and New Breed concert is set to start at 4 p.m. Those who do not have a First-Access passes should plan to arrive at 3 p.m. First-Access passes to the concert can be reserved by calling 305-949-6722 or online at arshtcenter.org