Darlene Joyce Zschech
(born September 8
) is an Australian Charismatic
/Pentecostal worship leader
and singer-songwriter who primarily writes praise and worship songs
. She is a member of Compassionart
, a charity
founded by Martin Smith
Zschech is a Worship Leader at Hillsong Church
(an Assemblies of God
church) in Sydney
, New South Wales
, formerly Worship Pastor. Hillsong made global headlines when their 2004 live CD release, For All You've Done
, reached number one in the Australian national music charts.
As a young adult, she sang jingles
for a number of international companies including McDonald's
and Diet Coke
She and husband Mark Zschech have three daughters, Amy Jaye, Chloe Jaz, and Zoe Jewel.
Shout to the Lord
Zschech's best known song is Shout to the Lord
, sung by an estimated 25–30 million churchgoers every week . Darlene composed the praise anthem inspired by Psalms 92–96 at the time that she was feeling discouraged. "I felt I could either scream and pull my hair out — or praise God" she said. 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 "Song of the Year" for the 1998 Dove Awards. It has been recorded on over 20 different albums. In 2000, Darlene received a Dove Award nomination for "Songwriter of the Year" and has received the "International Award" from GMA (Gospel Music Assoc., USA).
Idol Gives Back
The top 8 American Idol
Season 7 contestants closed the Idol Gives Back
show performing Shout to the Lord. They changed the name "Jesus" to "Shepherd". The following evening, on April 10, 2008, the American Idol Top 8 again performed Shout to the Lord. This time, the name "Jesus" was placed back into the song.
A recorded version of Shout to the Lord, sang by the Top 8, was also posted for sale on iTunes. It, too, had the name "Jesus" in it. Proceeds from iTunes sales went to the Idol Gives Back charity. The song, sung by the top 8, debuted in the Top 50 of the US Billboard Charts, a feat for a Christian song
Discography and publications
In the early 1990s, Zschech released her debut solo album entitled Pearls and Gold
. The album had some success, but was not widely sold as Zschech and Hillsong Music was still new in Christian circles.
Songs written or co-written by Darlene Zschech include:
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