Darlene Zschech (Example page)
|Brith Name||Darlene Joyce Steinhardt|
|Born||8 September 1965|
|Genres||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, pastor|
|Years active||1989 - present|
|Labels||Hillsoing, INO, Integrity|
Darlene Joyce Zschech ; born Steinhardt on 8 September 1965) is an Australian Pentecostal Christian worship leader and singer-songwriter who primarily writes praise and worship songs. Described as a "pioneer of the modern worship movement", she is the former worship pastor of Hillsong Church and is currently a member of Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith.
Zschech started on television at the age of 10, as part of an Australian children's show, Happy Go Round. When she was 13, her parents divorced and the emotional stress of being on television and her parents' divorce resulted in her having bulimia for about four years.
In 1980, when Zschech was 15, her father rededicated his life to Christ and began taking her to church, where she also became a committed Christian and met her future husband, Mark Zschech. When they married, her husband suggested that they move from Brisbane to Sydney, which was confirmed at a small church they were visiting one Sunday when the guest speaker said in the middle of his sermon, "This doesn't happen to me very often, but whatever it is you two prayed last night, God says do it now." They began attending Hills Christian Life Centre, which would become Hillsong Church.
On 11 December 2013, Zschech was diagnosed with breast cancer. In a blog dated 30 November 2014, she wrote that she has been healed of cancer, which her doctor termed "quite miraculous".
Zschech sang jingles for a number of international companies including McDonald's, KFC and Coca Cola, until she eventually joined the staff of Hillsong Church after penning "Shout to the Lord". She released a vinyl album in 1987 called "Make the Choice" and a cassette album in 1993 called Pearls & Gold.
Zschech and her husband have three daughters, Amy, Chloe and Zoe. In 2000 she had a miscarriage after 12 weeks.
In 2003, Zschech released her first official solo album, Kiss of Heaven. Change Your World followed in 2005. She has since released two albums, in 2011, called Simply Darlene and You Are Love. In addition to writing songs, she has written five books: Worship (1996), Extravagant Worship (2002), The Kiss of Heaven (2003), The Great Generational Transition (2009) and Revealing Jesus: A 365-Day Devotional (2013).
"Shout to the Lord"
Zschech composed "Shout to the Lord" in 1993 and it has become one of the most well-known modern worship songs, being sung by an estimated 25-30 million churchgoers every Sunday since the song's release. She wrote the song during a time of personal struggle. When she presented it to Hillsong's then-worship pastor, Geoff Bullock, she was so embarrassed that she asked him to face away from her as she played and sang.
"Shout to the Lord" was first recorded on People Just Like Us and has appeared on more than 200 different albums by numerous artists in multiple languages. It is also the title track for the first live album co-produced with Integrity Music featuring Zschech as a worship leader. It was Integrity Music's first album to feature a female worship leader. The album was nominated for the 1997 Dove Awards "Praise & Worship Album of the Year" at the Gospel Music Awards. The song was nominated in the 1998 Dove Awards "Song of the Year" category. It has been performed for the Pope at the Vatican and for the President of the United States.
On the global impact of "Shout to the Lord", Zschech said, "I can't take any credit for its impact. God decided to put his blessing on this song."
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, Zschech received a Dove Award nomination for Songwriter of the Year and received the International Award for influence in praise and worship.
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Zschech was the worship pastor of Hillsong Church from 1996 to 2007, during which time she served as producer, vocal producer or executive producer for more than 20 albums under the Hillsong Music label and wrote more than 80 published worship songs. Under Zschech's leadership, the album People Just Like Us (1994) was the first Christian album in Australia to go Gold as well as the first to go Platinum and the album For All You've Done (2004) debuted at #1 on the Australian Record Industry Association album charts. Zschech explained Hillsong Music's stance in her book Extravagant Worship in a prayer: "Father, let them quickly get their eyes off of us. We just want to point them to you, God, because you are the Author of truth. You are the only One who is to be praised."
Zschech stepped down as worship pastor in 2007, but continued to write songs for Hillsong and to serve as senior worship leader on their live albums. Reuben Morgan was appointed Hillsong worship pastor in 2008.
Hope Unlimited Church
In January 2011, Zschech and her husband, Mark, became senior pastors at Church Unlimited, later renamed Hope Unlimited Church, in Charmhaven on the Central Coast. HopeUC hosts an annual relationships conference, "The Living Room", that focuses on all aspects of relationships.
In April 2004, the Zschech family visited Rwanda, Africa and were inspired to launch "Hope Rwanda: 100 Days of Hope", a faith-based global initiative that provided hygiene options and education for the citizens of Rwanda, which eventually morphed into Hope Global. According to the official website, Hope Global currently exists to "offer practical solutions to countries devastated by war, genocide, and poverty." It has major centres in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and Cambodia, runs long-term development projects, such as Hope Education and the Village of Hope, and has hosted Parramatta Eels trips to Rwanda with CEO Paul Osborne.
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|1987||Make the Choice (Darlene Zschech)||first solo studio album release|
|1988||Spirit and Truth (Hillsong Music International)||first album released by Hillsong|
|1990||Show Your Glory (Hillsong Music Australia)|
|1992||The Power Of Your Love (Hillsong Music Australia)||first Live album released by Hillsong|
|1993||Stone's Been Rolled Away (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "Your Name"|
|1993||Pearls & Gold (Darlene Zschech)|
|1994||People Just Like Us (Hillsong Music Australia)||first recording of "Shout to the Lord"|
|1994||The song "Shout to the Lord" from Jump to the Jam (Youth Alive / Hillsong Music Australia)|
|1995||"Friends in High Places (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "Praise His Holy Name", "Rock of Ages" with Geoff Bullock, and "Lord I Give Myself"|
|1996||God is in the House (Hillsong Music Australia)||first Hillsong Live album as Worship Pastor; wrote "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", and "I Will Run To You"|
|1996||Simply Worship (Hillsong Music Australia)|
|1996||The song "And That My Soul Knows Very Well" on Chosen One (Youth Alive / Hillsong Music Australia)|
|1996||Shout to the Lord (Integrity Music)||first Integrity album to feature a prominent female worship leader, Darlene Zschech|
|1997||All Things Are Possible (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "All Things Are Possible", "I Live to Know You", "I Know It", and "Glory to the King"|
|1997||Simply Worship 2 (Hillsong Music Australia)|
|1997||Hills Praise (Hillsong Music Australia and Integrity Music)|
|1997||I Believe the Promise (London Christian Media Centre)|
|1998||Touching Heaven, Changing Earth (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote the songs "That's What We Came Here For" with Fragar, "I Will Bless You Lord", "Jesus You're All I Need", and "The Potter's Hand"|
|1998||Simply Worship 3 (Hillsong Music Australia)|
|1998||Shout to the Lord 2000 (Integrity Music)|
|1999||By Your Side (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "Sing of Your Great Love" and "Free to Dance"; Album received a nomination for the 2001 Dove Awards 'Praise & Worship Album of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards|
|2000||For This Cause (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "Here to Eternity" with David Moyse and "It Is You"|
|2000||The Power of Your Love Symphony (Sony Music)|
|2000||Overwhelmed (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "Overwhelmed", "Jesus, Our Lord Jesus", and "The Lord is Good" with Reuben Morgan|
|2000||You Shine (Hillsong Music Australia)|
|2000||"The Platinum Collection Volume 1: Shout to the Lord" (Hillsong Music Australia)||originally published as "Millennium: The Story So Far"; a compilation of previously recorded songs by the Hillsong team|
|2001||"You Are My World" (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "Irresistible", "Glorious", "To You", and "Worthy Is the Lamb"; Album received a nomination for the 2002 Dove Awards 'Praise & Worship Album of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards|
|2001||"Christmas" (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "Perfect Love" with Russell Fragar and "Hallelujah"|
|2002||"Blessed" (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "Blessed" with Reuben Morgan; Album received a nomination for the 2003 Dove Awards 'Praise & Worship Album of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards|
|2002||Extravagant Worship: The Songs of Darlene Zschech (Hillsong Music Australia)||a compilation of previously recorded songs; the tracks that were written by Zschech but previously recorded by a different lead vocalist were re-recorded with Zschech as the lead vocal|
|2002||Extravagant Worship: The Songs of Reuben Morgan (Hillsong Music Australia)|
|2003||Hope (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "My Hope", "Call", and "You Are"; the song "My Hope" was nominated for the 2004 Dove Awards 'Inspirational Song of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards|
|2003||Kiss of Heaven (Darlene Zschech)|
|2003||Amazing Love (Hillsong Music Australia)|
|2003||The Platinum Collection Volume 2: Shout to the Lord 2 (Hillsong Music Australia)||a compilation of previously recorded songs by the Hillsong team, plus a studio-recorded version of Zschech's song "My Hope"|
|2004||For All You've Done (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "You Are Worthy" and "Glorify Your Name" with David Holmes|
|2004||Faithful (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "Mercy Endures"|
|2004||UP: Unified Praise (Hillsong Music Australia)||Zschech and the Hillsong team join with Delirious?|
|2005||God He Reigns (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "Saviour" and "Know You More"|
|2005||Celebrating Christmas (Hillsong Music Australia)|
|2005||Ultimate Worship (Hillsong Music Australia)|
|2005||Change Your World (Darlene Zschech)|
|2006||"Mighty to Save (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "More to See" with Mia Fieldes, Deborah Ezzy (Zschech's sister), Donia Makadonez & Nigel Hendroff, "I Believe", and "At the Cross" with Reuben Morgan; The song "Mighty to Save" written by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan received the 2009 Dove Awards 'Worship Song of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards|
|2006||Songs for Communion (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "The Only Name", "Saviour" (which was previously recorded live on the album God He Reigns'), "Oh the Blood", and "Worthy is the Lamb" (which was previously recorded live on "You Are My World")|
|2006||Supernatural (Hillsong Kids/Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "I Will Sing" with Gio Galanti and daughters Chloe Zschech and Zoe Zschech|
|2007||Saviour King (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "One Thing" with Marty Sampson|
|2007||Lord of All (Hillsong Music Australia)|
|2008||This Is Our God (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "High and Lifted Up" with Mike Guglielmucci|
|2008||Ultimate Collection Volume II (Hillsong Music Australia)||a compilation of previously released songs|
|2009||Songs 4 Worship 50||featured on the songs "Shout to the Lord" and "My Redeemer Lives"|
|2009||Faith + Hope + Love (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "His Glory Appears" with Marty Sampson|
|2010||A Beautiful Exchange (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "Believe" with Reuben Morgan|
|2010||The Very Best of Graham Kendrick: Knowing You Jesus (Graham Kendrick)||featured on the songs "There is a Hope So Sure" and "Until the Day"|
|2010||Con Todo (Hillsong Music Australia)||Zschech sings in Spanish; the album won the award for Spanish Language Album of the Year at the 42nd GMA Dove Awards|
|2010||One Voice||featured on the song "Awesome Wonder"|
|2011||God is Able (Hillsong Music Australia)||wrote "Cry of the Broken"|
|2011||Simply Darlene (Darlene Zschech)|
|2011||You Are Love (Darlene Zschech)|
|2011||Songs 4 Worship Ultimate||featured on the song "Face to Face" which she wrote|
|2011||The song "Lo Grande Que Eres Dios" on the album En Mi Lugar (Hillsong Music Australia)||Zschech sings in Spanish|
|2011||The song "Emmanuel" on the album Born is the King (Hillsong Music Australia)|
|2011||Music Inspired by the Story||featured on a duet with Michael W. Smith on the track "The Great Day (Second Coming)"|
|2012||The song "Es Tu Amor" on the album Global Project Español (Hillsong Music Australia)||Zschech sings in Spanish|
|2012||25 Songs That Changed the Way We Worship||featured on the song "Shout to the Lord"|
|2012||Hope||featured on the song "My Hope"|
|2012||The song "Emmanuel" on the album We Have a Saviour (Hillsong Music Australia)|
|2013||The Rescue (Sidney Mohede)||featured on the song "It is Done"|
|2013||Revealing Jesus (Darlene Zschech)||Zschech's first official live solo album|
|2013||Worship Duets (Graham Kendrick)||featured on the song "That Name"|
|2013||Just As I Am (A Legacy of Hymns and Worship)||featured on the song "My Jesus I Love Thee (I Love You Jesus)"|
|2013||In Christ Alone: 25 of Today's Most Powerful Modern Hymns||featured on the song "Your Name/Cry of the Broken"|
|2013||My Hope: Songs Inspired by the Message and Mission of Billy Graham||featured on the song "The Cross of Christ", which she wrote|
|2014||Only King Forever (Elevation Worship)||featured on the song "The Love of Jesus"|
|2014||"Heaven is For Real (Songs Inspired by the Film and Best-Selling Book)"||composed and featured as lead vocal on the song "Heaven in Me"|
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