Australian Darlene Zschech is acclaimed all over the world as a singer, songwriter, worship leader and speaker, most notably for spearheading the music that comes from Hillsong Church. Although she has achieved numerous gold albums and her songs are sung in many nations of the world, her success is not the result of pursuing stardom and fame?it stands as a testimony to her life's passion to serve God and people with all her heart.
As a songwriter, Darlene is perhaps most famous for the chorus "Shout to the Lord," a song that is sung by an estimated 25 to 30 million churchgoers every week and has been covered by at least twenty other artists. This song is the title track for the first live album co-produced with Integrity Music, featuring Darlene as a prominent female worship leader. Shout to the Lord was nominated as Album of the Year for the 1997 Dove Awards and was nominated as Song of the Year for the 1998 Dove Awards. In 2000 Darlene received a Dove Award nomination for Songwriter of the Year.
In addition to "Shout to the Lord," Darlene has written over seventy songs that have been published by Hillsong Music Australia alone. She has also written three books on her passion, which include Extravagant Worship and her latest release, The Kiss of Heaven, with the Worship Leadership series becoming available soon.
In 2005 Darlene released a new solo album Change Your World, which features a new arrangement of Michael W. Smith's worship song "Agnus Dei," as well as a soon to be classic hymn, "Call Upon His Name." A new project, continuing to feature the theme of worship and justice is in production now.
Darlene has a great heart for helping hurting people, and she has recognized that her public platform gives her the opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of others. She is an ambassador for the work of Compassion International, and is committed wholeheartedly to relieving human suffering in any possible way.
It was a missions trip to Central Africa in 2004 that prompted Mark and Darlene to initiate Hope: Rwanda, a global endeavor designed to bring hope to a nation seemingly forgotten since the horrific genocide of 1994. The 100 Days of Hope (April 6 ? July 15, 2006) project was strategically coordinated to cover the same 100 days that saw approximately 1 million people viciously slaughtered. Hope Rwanda continues to bring hope and healing to Rwanda? and a new ?HOPE? has spread into Cambodia, and the HOPE team are gearing up for many future endeavours. To find out more information visit www.hoperwanda.org
Darlene and Mark reside in Sydney with their three daughters, Amy, Chloe and Zoe. While she travels extensively and has had the honor of ministering at many prestigious events around the world, Darlene?s highest prize is her role as wife and mother. She loves being at home and being part of the worship team in her local church. As she says, "First and foremost I am a worshipper, and I pray that my life is given to serve the lives of others.
FACT FILE: HILLSONG MUSIC AUSTRALIA LIVE WORSHIP ALBUMS
2008 - 'This is our God' 2007 - 'Saviour King" 2006 - 'Mighty to Save' 2005 ? ?God He Reigns? 2004 ? ?For All You?ve Done? 2003 ? ?Hope? 2002 ? ?Blessed? 2001 ? ?You Are My World? 2000 ? ?For This Cause? 1999 ? ?By Your Side? 1998 ? ?Touching Heaven Changing Earth? 1997 ? ?All Things Are Possible? 1996 ? ?God Is In The House? 1995 ? ?Friends in High Places? 1994 ? ?People Just Like Us? ** 1993 ? ?Stone?s Been Rolled Away? 1992 ? ?The Power of Your Love?
? All 17 live praise & worship albums have been accredited with the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Gold status in Australia. 1 live praise & worship album has achieved platinum status (**).
? Hillsong Music Australia has been accredited with over 30 gold and platinum sales awards achieved worldwide.
Zschech was worship pastor of Hillsong Church from 1996-2007, however she still regularly leads worship and remains a pastor of Hillsong Church. She is a key leader of the Hillsong team for all church conferences. She travels regularly with the Hillsong team throughout the globe leading people in worship. Hillsong made headlines when their 2004 live CD release, For All You've Done, reached number one in the Australian national music charts. She stepped down as worship pastor in 2007, being replaced by Reuben Morgan in 2008.
"Shout to the Lord"
Zschech's best known song is "Shout to the Lord", sung by an estimated 25?30 million churchgoers every week. This song is the title track for the first live album co-produced with Integrity Music featuring Zschech as a female worship leader. Shout to the Lord was nominated as "Album of the Year" for the 1997 Dove Awards and "Song of the Year" for the 1998 Dove Awards. It has been recorded on over 20 different albums. In 2000, Zschech received a Dove Award nomination for "Songwriter of the Year" and has received the "International Award" from GMA (Gospel Music Assoc., USA).
As a young adult, she sang jingles for a number of international companies including McDonald's, KFC and Diet Coke. She and husband Mark Zschech have three daughters: Amy, Chloe, and Zoe Jewel.
In 2003, Zschech released her debut solo album entitled Kiss of Heaven. This was followed by her 2005 album, Change Your World. In addition to writing songs, Zschech has written four books: Worship (1996), Extravagant Worship (2002), The Kiss of Heaven (2003), and The Great Generational Transition (2009).
Zschech also founded Hope Rwanda in 2005 with her husband Mark. The primary objective of Hope Rwanda is to assist developing nations reduce poverty, achieve sustainable development, and to bring spiritual strength and social justice to every segment of society. She is also an advocate for Compassion Australia. Her husband is CEO of The Grove Studios, a Sydney recording studio.
Darlene Zschech and her husband Mark were the founding executive directors of Mercy Ministries Australia.
Zschech's sister Deborah Ezzy is also a worship leader at Hillsong Church.
Songs written or co-written by Darlene Zschech include:
Stone's Been Rolled Away (1993)
People Just Like Us (1994)
"Shout to the Lord"
Friends in High Places (1995)
"Praise His Holy Name"
"Rock of Ages" with Geoff Bullock
"Lord I Give Myself"
God Is in the House (1996)
"God Is in the House" with Russell Fragar
"And That My Soul Knows Very Well" with Fragar
"Let the Peace of God Reign"
"Walking in the Light"
All Things Are Possible (1997)
"All Things Are Possible"
"I Live to Know You"
"I Know It"
"Glory to the King"
Touching Heaven Changing Earth (1998)
"That's What We Came Here For" with Fragar
"I Will Bless You Lord"
"Jesus You're All I Need"
"The Potter's Hand"
By Your Side (1999)
"Sing of Your Great Love"
"Free to Dance"
For This Cause (2000)
"Here to Eternity" with David Moyse
"It Is You"
You Are My World (2001)
"Worthy Is the Lamb"
"Blessed" with Reuben Morgan
For All You've Done (2004)
"You Are Worthy"
"Glorify Your Name" with David Holmes
God He Reigns (2005)
"Know You More"
Mighty to Save (2006)
"More to See" with Mia Fieldes, Deborah Ezzy (Zschech's sister), Donia Makadonez & Nigel Hendroff
"I Believe in You"
"At the Cross" with Reuben Morgan
Saviour King (2007)
"One Thing" with Marty Sampson
This Is Our God (2008)
"High and Lifted Up"
Faith + Hope + Love (2009)
"His Glory Appears" with Marty Sampson
Extravagant Worship: The Songs of Darlene Zschech
Kiss of Heaven
Change Your World
List of Hillsong albums
Notes and references
^ Darlene Zschech
^ a b http:musicremedy.com/d/Darlene_Zschech/album/Change_Your_World-2082.html Dove Award Nomination
, her biography on the official website