Meleasa Houghton biography- Ex-wife of Israel Houghton

Who is Meleasa Houghton?

Meleasa Houghton is a Grammy nominee. In 2015, the Grammys nominated her for Best Gospel Performance/Song for How Awesome is Our God. 

In addition, she has won the GMA Dove Award.

Meleasa 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.

Additionally, she married one of the famous gospel singers Israel Houghton. As a couple, they wrote and sang many gospel songs. 

Her songs reflect her faith in God and humanity.

Meleasa Houghton

Quick facts

Full nameMeleasa Celeste Duncan Houghton
BirthdateMarch 1, 1964
Age 59 years old
Sun signPisces
TraitsPositive– Mysterious, spiritual, and imaginative
Negative– Fearful and less sensitive
BirthplaceOceanside, California, USA
Currently residingPaget Parish, Bermuda
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
EducationPenn Hills High School
Profession Retired gospel singer
Net worthUSD 8 million
Social mediaInstagram

Early life

Parents of Meleasa Houghton- Father Gilbert Duncan III and Mother Letricia Duncan
Parents of Meleasa Houghton- Father Gilbert Duncan III and Mother Letricia Duncan

The well-known Meleasa was born in the USA on March 1, 1964. 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 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, 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, visible in her aura.

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


Israel Houghton (ex-husband)

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 to 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?

Israel Houghton announces his divorce with Meleasa on FB
Israel Houghton announces his divorce from Meleasa on FB

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.

According to reports, her ex-husband blamed himself for ending 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 divorced Meleasa.

Meleasa Houghton's husband Isrel Houghton
Meleasa Houghton’s husband, Israel Houghton

Adrienne Bailon (second wife of Israel Houghton)

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 investigate online to clarify whether the news was 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 two children, Kingston and Khristian, from 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 four years old, while the youngest was 2, meaning he cheated on Meleasa while they were married.

The Texas Attorney General had an open case against him for child support.


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

Mariah Houghton

Mariah Houghton daughter of Meleasa
Mariah Houghton, daughter of Meleasa

On August 31, 1995, Mariah Houghton was born to Israel and Meleasa Houghton.

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 on 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

Sonny Houghton

Son from marriage with Israel Sonny
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 marketing director at Beat Bank.

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

Milan Lilly Houghton

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

Milan is the youngest child of Meleasa and Israel Houghton. She 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 showing her talent. She is fond of singing and works 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 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 in the Traditional Gospel Song of the Year category.

The net worth of Meleasa Houghton

Besides 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 paid half its net worth, more than USD 8 million. They also shared a house worth USD 797,000.

Israel also pays monthly for child care to Meleasa Houghton.

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 this without bragging about them.

Social media of Meleasa Houghton

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 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 February 22, 2016. They did not make any public fuss about their divorce; their relationship remained 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.

What is Meleasa Houghton’s height?

Meleasa Houghton is 5 feet 6 inches tall.

Is Meleasa Houghton married?

Meleasa Houghton was married to musician Israel Houghton for 21 years before divorcing in 2016. Even though her husband moved on and married, she is still single and instead focuses on caring for 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. 

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