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ALIVE in South Africa Set for October 25th Release
10 October 2005

Integrity Gospel will release ALIVE in South Africa, the highly anticipated new release from Dove and Stellar Award winning artist Israel & New Breed on Tuesday, October 25, 2005. The two-disc album will be distributed worldwide through Provident-Integrity Distribution and Epic/Sony-BMG with a live DVD, songbook and trax to follow.

Israel & New Breed recorded ALIVE in South Africa during two filled-to-capacity concerts held at the His People Center in Cape Town, South Africa in August. During the concert, acclaimed jazz artist/songwriter and South African native Jonathan Butler and local Cape Town musicians joined Israel & New Breed on stage to add an indigenous flavor to the album.

Recording the album in South Africa has been a dream for Israel, who spent a total of two weeks in South Africa preparing for and recording ALIVE in South Africa. Among Israel’s most memorable days during the trip was a visit Babumelele Children’s Home with Bishop Charles E. Blake, president of Save Africa’s Children, a U.S.-based ministry which provides orphan care projects for babies and children who have lost both parents to the AIDS pandemic, famine and war throughout Sub-Sahara Africa.

“What is captured I hope on the CD is the culmination of all the incredible experiences we had while in South Africa,” said Israel. “The people of South Africa are a precious people and we were so blessed by the joy and faithfulness they showed us, and it definitely made this recording experience the most meaningful I’ve ever been associated with.”

New Breed co-founders Israel and Aaron Lindsay produced the album’s 20+ tracks including new songs written by the duo. Butler also wrote a song for the album called “Come and Let Us Sing.” Alive in South Africa’s first radio single is “Not Forgotten.”

In promoting ALIVE in South Africa, Israel, along with New Breed, will begin a three week promotional tour in mid-October, resuming the hectic pace that has not ceased since the release of the group’s breakthrough recording Live From Another Level. Additionally, Israel has been named a co-host, along with CeCe Winans and Vicki Winans for the 21st Annual Stellar Awards which is scheduled for January 21, 2006 in Nashville, Tenn.

ALIVE in South Africa marks the fourth Integrity Label Group album on which Israel & New Breed have appeared. Their discography includes 2001’s New Season, 2002’s Real and last year’s gold-certified Live From Another Level, which received a GRAMMY Award nomination. Long known in praise and worship circles for their songwriting and unique blend of music styles, 2005 was Israel & New Breed’s breakout year. The group kicked off ’05 by winning two Stellar Awards (CD of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year), a Soul Train Award (Best Gospel Album) and two Dove Awards (Contemporary Gospel Album and Contemporary Gospel Song).

Originally formed in the mid 90s, the group is a music ministry organization. It is comprised of musicians and singers who serve within their respective churches and also tour extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad serving the Church at large.


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