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Meleasa Houghton | Ex-wife of Israel Houghton | Biography

Who is Meleasa Houghton?

Meleasa Houghton is a Grammy nominee. In 2015, She was nominated for Grammy for Best Gospel Performance/Song for How Awesome is Our God. In addition, she has won the GMA Dove Award.

She is one of the recognized American Gospel Singer. She has won millions of fans with her talent and faith in God, as shown in her songs.

People also know because of her former marital relationship with ex-husband Israel Houghton. As a couple, they wrote and sang many gospel songs. Her songs clearly reflect her faith in God and humanity.

Meleasa Houghton

Quick facts

Full nameMeleasa Celeste Duncan Houghton
BirthdateMarch 1, 1964
Age 57 years old
Sun signPisces
TraitsPisces female traits

Positive– Mysterious, spiritual, and imaginative

Negative– Fearful and less sensitive
BirthplaceOceanside, California, USA
EducationPenn Hills High School
ParentsGilbert H. Duncan III (father),
Letricia E. Plummer (mother)
SiblingsPastor Gilbert H. Duncan,
Terrence E. Duncan,
Ruby H. Duncan,
Dr. Janice O (Michael) Stain
Marital statusDivorced
SpouseIsrael Houghton (m.1994-2016)
ChildrenMariah Houghton,
Milan Houghton,
Sonny Houghton
Profession Retired gospel singer
Net worthUSD 8 million
Social mediaInstagram

Interesting facts

1. Meleasa Houghton got her name after marrying Israel Houghton

Born to Gilbert H. Duncan III and Letricia E. Plummer, Meleasa’s maiden name is Meleasa Celeste Duncan. Houghton grew up in a religious Christian household.

2. Meleasa has three siblings

Meleasa grew up with three siblings; two brothers and a sister. Her brothers were Pastor Gilbert H. Duncan, Terrence E. Duncan whereas, Ruby H. Duncan was her sister.

3. She only became popular after marrying the famous singer, Israel Houghton

Meleasa was a talented singer. However, she had not made it big in her career.
She gained popularity after marrying Israel Houghton and joining his band ‘Israel & New Breed.’

4. She has three children

Meleasa is a mother to three children that she shares with her ex-husband, Israel.
She has two daughters named Marian and Milan Lillie and a son named Sonny.

Meleasa Houghton early life

Meleasa Houghton Parent- Father Gilbert Duncan III and Mother Letricia Duncan
Pictures of Meleasa Houghton’s parent Meleasa Houghton Parent- Father Gilbert Duncan III and Mother Letricia Duncan

The well-known Meleasa was born on March 1, 1964, in the USA. Meleasa grew up in a religious Christain household. She was born to Gilbert H. Duncan III and Letricia E. (Plummer).  Her mother, Letricia, passed away on October 7, 2020, at the age of 78.

Amazingly, she does not hesitate to bring out her love for her family on the internet. Family pic of Meleasa with parents and siblings.

Meleasa has three siblings- Pastor Gilbert H. Duncan, Terrence E. Duncan, and Ruby H. Duncan. Her maiden name is Meleasa Celeste Duncan because of her family’s last name Duncan. Meleasa is quite secretive about her personal information. She is of African-American descent. She went to high school at Penn Hills High School.

The gospel singer, who is also a mother of 3, is very close to her children. She is a very loving, caring, and very attentive person. Meleasa knows how to appreciate the slightest goodness in her life, which is visible in her aura.

Despite being  56-year-old, She is like the millennials when it comes to posting on her social media. She never misses an occasion of wishing her loved ones and publicly sharing the accomplishments of her children. She is a supportive and warm person. She is proud of what she has and cherishes them.

Meleasa Houghton relationship

Israel Houghton (divorced)

Meleasa and her ex-husband Israel Houghton
Meleasa with ex-husband Israel Houghton

As said earlier, Meleasa is famous for her relationship with Christian music artist Israel Houghton. Israel Houghton and Meleasa Houston met in Pittsburgh at Houghton’s ministry. They clicked, and the young blood did not take long to fall in love. Meleasa married Israel in the year 1994.

With the pace at which things were moving, many may have doubted the relationship’s success, but the two again surprised everyone with a marriage that lasted 22 years.

The couple has three beautiful children.

The divorce seems to have not affected their love for their children. On the contrary, Meleasa and Israel remained great parents for their kids regardless of their situation.

Although Israel started his new life with Adrienne Houghton by tying the knot on November 11, 2016, Meleasa is still a single mother in Paris.

Related: Israel Houghton biography

Why did Meleasa Houghton divorce Israel Houghton?

Their fans were disappointed when Meleasa and Israel divorced on February 22, 2016. The couple, nonetheless, had been living separately since 2015. A Facebook post shortly after their divorce revealed that the former couple had been working on sustaining their marriage for five years.

Meleasa and Israel Houghton Divorce Facebook Post
Meleasa and Israel posted about divorce on Facebook

It is with a collective heavy heart that we announce that after over 20 years of marriage and a long separation, Meleasa and I are officially divorced. Several years ago I failed and sinned in my marriage. Though this is new to many, it is not new to us as we have been working through this for over 4 years. Although we tried, the challenges in our relationship have proven too much to overcome. We have always handled our family and ministry with grace and generosity toward others, discretion, and privacy. So, for the sake of our amazing kids, we are also handling this privately with pastoral oversight and assistance. We choose to remain friendly and kind to each other going forward. I am in the process of restoration and I have repented for my actions. Although I am sincerely sorry, and forgiven, I soberly realize that I will live with the consequences of my failings for the rest of my life. As this has become a public matter I want to apologize to the many who have supported my minisitry through the years. I’m sorry for the many who will be hurt to learn of my personal failure. I regret any pain or disappointment that this news may cause you. We thank you for your prayers and for allowing us to handle this privately with those who are set over us in this process.

Israel Houghton Facebook post about his divorce with Meleasa

According to reports, her ex-husband blamed himself for the ending of their relationship. Meleasa ended her marriage with Israel because of his cheating. Israel Houghton had two other kids, Kingston and Khristian, with her mistress DeVawn Moreno marrying Meleasa.

After the divorce, Israel married the American singer and television personality Adrienne Bailon for the second time. Rumors are that Israel was still married to Meleasa when he started dating Adrienne. The hoax began to seem real when they tied the knot only eight months after Israel’s divorce from Meleasa.

Meleasa Houghton and Adrienne Bailon

Adrienne Bailon second wife of Israel
Adrienne Bailon second wife of Israel

There had been a rumor that Israel Houghton was dating Adrienne Bailon while being married to his ex-wife, Meleasa. In an episode of ‘The Real,’ Adrienne said she called her publicist to do some online investigating to clarify whether the news is accurate. 

After her publicist couldn’t find the information, she asked Israel for the truth. 

In reality, there had been a mix-up with the divorce paperwork. Israel and Meleasa had filed for divorce under their initials and not their names for privacy. It was the reason the news outlets could not find their divorce documents. 

Adrienne Bailon Houghton has also admitted that she had secretly recorded her husband to make sure he was committed as he had infidelity issues in his previous marriage.

Related: Learn more about the second wife of Israel Houghton Adrienne Bailon

Meleasa Houghton and DeVawn Moreno

Meleasa’s husband, Israel Houghton, admitted to cheating on her with mistress DeVawn Moreno. He has fathered two children, Kingston and Khristian, out of his marriage with Meleasa. He also has another son named Jordan Houghton, but there is no information about the mother. 

DeVawn Moreno had also filed against Israel Houghton. The oldest son was 4 years old, while the youngest was 2, meaning he was cheating on Meleasa while they were married. The Texas Attorney General had an open case against him for child support.

Meleasa Houghton children

Meleasa is a mother to 3 children: Mariah Houghton, Sonny Houghton, and Milan Lillie.

Mariah Houghton

Mariah Houghton daughter of Meleasa
Mariah Houghton daughter of Meleasa

Mariah Houghton is the first child of Israel Houghton and his first wife, Meleasa Houghton.
Mariah was born on August 31, 1995.

Even after her parent’s divorce, she has maintained a close relationship with her father.

She married her boyfriend, Byron Rideau, in 2016. They worked together in the church as well.
Sadly, Mariah called it quit to her married life in February 2019.

She is an influencer on Instagram with thousands of followers. You can find Mariah on Instagram as @mariah.houghton

Related: Read about Mariah Houghton

Sonny Houghton

Sonny Houghton son of Meleasa
Sonny Houghton son of Meleasa

Sonny is also into music, just like his parents. He is a singer-songwriter and music producer.Israel Sonny also works with his sister, Milan, as the director of marketing at Beat Bank.

You can listen to Sonny’s music on Soundcloud and Spotify. You can also find Sonny Houghton on Twitter

Milan Lilly Houghton

Milan Lillie Houghton youngest daughter of Meleasa Houghton
Milan Lillie Houghton youngest daughter of Meleasa Houghton

Milan Lilly is the youngest child of Meleasa and Israel Houghton. Milan was born on October 21, 2003. Lily also has a close relationship with her father’s new wife, Adrienne Bailon.

Despite being the youngest, she is not behind when it comes to showing her talent. She is fond of singing and is working as a content director at Beat Bank.

You can find her on Instagram as @lillie_houghton

She often shares photos of herself with friends and family.

Meleasa Houghton career

Meleasa is renowned in the Gospel world. She began her musical career in 1990 but didn’t make it big. However, she gained popularity after meeting Israel Houghton and joining his band’ Israel & New Breed.’ 

She has worked on numerous projects with the band and has been nominated for Grammy Award for Best Gospel performance/song. 

Meleasa has won the GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. Some of her megahits are ‘Alpha and Omega,’ ‘It’s Not Over, and ‘Chasing me Down.’

Meleasa Houghton is an incredible talent; however, she has remained away from the spotlight since her divorce. Her children seem to have inherited her talent. As a result, her son and her youngest daughter have already stepped into the world of music. “Like mother, like kids.”

Meleasa Houghton songs

Meleasa has several gospel songs under her name:

  • Thank You Lord
  • In Jesus Name
  • Chasing me down
  • How Awesome Is Our God
  • Our God Reigns
  • Not forgotten
  • To worship you I live
  • You Are Good
  • Come as You Are
  • Nothing Compares to You
  • I’m Still here
  • Holding On
  • Sunday Kinda Love
  • Eu Sou Vencedor
  • Melhor para Mim
  • Love Never Fails
  • Cover The Earth
  • All About The Love
  • We Have Overcome
  • God is Here
  • Sweeter
  • Best For Me
  • Legacy
  • Friend
  • Calvary’s Cross
  • Surprises
  • Mas Dulce
  • Surely
  • It’s Raining
  • You Found me

Meleasa Houghton is an incredible talent; however, she has remained away from the spotlight since her divorce. Her children seem to have inherited her talent. As a result, her son and her youngest daughter have already stepped into the world of music. “Like mother, like kids.”


Meleasa’s love for music was undeniable. With her ex-husband, she co-wrote and sang many songs. In addition, she has released multiple gospel songs. She was actively releasing songs between 2001 and 2015.

Meleasa has been nominated for the Grammy for Best Gospel Performance/Song and won the GMA Dove Award under the Traditional Gospel Song of the Year category.

Meleasa net worth

Apart from popularity and a beautiful family, Meleasa is a financially successful woman. She has a net worth of about USD 8 million. Various reliable sources indicate that Israel has paid half of his net worth, more than USD 8 million. They also shared a house worth USD 797,000.

Israel also pays monthly to Meleasa for child care.

Charity work

Following her divorce in 2016, Meleasa Houghton quit a professional musical career. She instead found a way to reach the people. She does several charity works and tends to create a comfortable space for them.

Her charities include the welfare of children and the empowerment of women. But, as they say, good deeds need no noise: Meleasa does all of this without bragging about them.

Meleasa Houghton social media

Meleasa is quite active on social media. She has several followers on Instagram and Facebook. Her Instagram has 12.8 thousand followers. Her social media posts portray her as a great mother, daughter, sister, and woman. From her kids to her parents to her siblings to her friends, everyone has a place on her Instagram.


Honestly, anyone can tell how good of a woman she is judging from her Instagram. She goes by the username meleasahoughton on Instagram.


She has a Facebook account with her name Meleasa Houghton. You can click here to check Meleasa’s FB account.

Where is Meleasa Houghton now?

It seems Meleasa has diverted her attention from her career as a musician. She is now focused more on her family and social work. She divorced Israel on Feb 22, 2016. They both did not create any fuss in public about their divorce; their relationship remains respectful.

The two continued co-parenting their kids even after moving on in their respective lives. She doesn’t seem to be in a romantic relationship. She has no boyfriend that we are aware of at the moment. Israel married Adrienne, but Meleasa did not marry anyone.

After the divorce, Meleasa took a break from her musical journey. However, she is an inspiration to many. She shares her experiences to encourage women.


Does Israel Houghton have a daughter?

Israel Houghton has two daughters, Mariah and Milan, from his ex-wife, Meleasa Houghton. He also has a son named Sonny with her.

He also has a son with his current wife, Adrienne Bailon, named Jordan Houghton.

Is Meleasa Houghton married?

Meleasa Houghton was married to musician Israel Houghton for 21 years before they divorced in 2016. Even though her husband moved on and married, she is still single and instead focuses on taking care of her kids.

Is Meleasa Houghton rich?

Meleasa Houghton lives a lavish life even after retiring from music. Her net worth is estimated to be about USD 8 million, the majority of which she has received as a divorce settlement from Israel Houghton. 

What is Meleasa Houghton’s height?

Meleasa Houghton is 5 feet 6 inches tall.