DARLENE ZSCHECH releases the Here I Am Send Me CD/DVD globally on March 3 from Integrity Music. Recorded live with her team at Hope Unlimited Church on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, the album is Zschech’s first project following a life changing cancer diagnosis in 2014 and features 11 new songs penned by her along with guest writers like Martin Smith, Paul Baloche, Jenn Johnson and Leeland Mooring.
Here I Am Send Me is also Zschech’s first new album since 2013’s critically acclaimed Revealing Jesus. Produced by Andy Macken, the new recording opens with a full-on declaration of the greatness of God in the song “You Are Great” written with Martin Smith (Delirious?) in response to the most challenging season of her life.
“When I was at my sickest, Martin flew over from England to sit with us, sing songs over our church, and walk and talk with me and my husband, all the while speaking courage into us,” Zschech says, her voice full of emotion recalling the dark days after her diagnosis of breast cancer that is now in remission. “It’s week one of treatment and you feel like you’re going to die, and Martin said, ‘Darls, I know you’re going to want to write songs about this season. What do you want to say?’ And I said, ‘I want to say ‘HE IS GREAT!’ And so we wrote this song together and have been singing it in our church. That’s where it started… In the midst of the fire, it doesn’t change who our God is.”
“Cancer is a dreadful thing,” continues Zschech. “The medical world doesn’t like to use the word ‘healed.’ They like to say the word ‘remission’… but I’m believing God’s report over my life. I speak Psalm 91 over myself every day, I take my medicine and I take the word of God and I do my best with what I can do in the natural and trust God with those things over which I have no power.”
DARLENE ZSCHECH : In Jesus Name – A Legacy of Worship & Faith (Integrity : 63242)
Just in case you’ve just landed from Mars, and haven’t heard of Darlene Zschech, this is the lady who’s songs are sung weekly by a world choir with Shout To The Lord alone being sung by an estimated 30 million each week. Her songs and recordings have helped produce 16 Gold and Platinum albums. This collection is a celebration of her music and does feature a powerful version of ‘Shout’. There’s no doubting the gift that’s been bestowed upon her, and her voice is one of the best around. With power, she belts out ‘God Is Here’ and gently caresses ‘Amazing Grace’, backed by just a piano. In between, the listener is treated to the potent sound of ‘At the Cross’, and ‘You Are Love’ – a song that comes over like a classic Celine Dion ballad. Sometimes, a song instantly touches your heart, and ‘Blessed’ is such a song. Delivered with great majesty, the simple lyrics really hit home. Yes, there are a couple of songs that didn’t really come over as well, but fans of Darlene will welcome this new collection. 8/10.
DARLENE ZSCHECH : Revealing Jesus. (Integrity : 51582)
This is the album that thousands of fans have been waiting for, and what an album it is! I’ve never been too inspired by her previous recordings, but this is pure magic. Recorded live, it’s a record that you really have to listen to from start to finish in one session, to appreciate the power and majesty of the music. ‘God Is Here’ is a glorious opener, written by Darlene, Israel Houghton and Phil Whickham, while ‘Best For Me’ is one of those songs were you just want to jump up and down, and leap for joy. The energetic start continues with ‘All That We Are’, before there’s a slight lull in pace with ‘In Jesus’ Name’. Being perfectly honest, I was just memorised by all the joyful worship. It’s a long time since a record moved me so much with each song. Darlene caresses each word on ‘Victor’s Crown’, while there’s a beautiful duet, lifting Jesus so high, on ‘Magnificent’. Just when you think things can’t get any better, ‘My Jesus I Love Thee’ comes along as an absolutely amazing anthem. It is truly magnificent. ‘Your Name/Cry of the Broken’ follows, and what a stunning piece of music that is, too. Guests include Michael W Smith, Israel Houghton, and Kari Jobe, who all help to make this, possibly, one of the greatest praise and worship albums of all time. 10/10.
World-renowned worship leader and best-selling author Darlene Zschech has released her latest album and devotional release amidst acclaim her long-awaited Revealing Jesus live worship CD/DVD and 365-day devotional hardcover gift book from RGM-NEW BREED Music / Integrity Music and Bethany House Publishers, respectively. Produced by five-time GRAMMY Award-winner Israel Houghton, orchestrated by Dr. Henry Panion III (Stevie Wonder, Carrie Underwood, Chaka Khan) and featuring special guest appearances and song co-writes with Michael W. Smith, Kari Jobe and Houghton, the Revealing Jesus CD/DVD was recorded live Sept. 28 and 29, 2012 at the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL.
World-renowned worship leader and best-selling author DARLENE ZSCHECH releases on March 11 her long-awaited Revealing Jesus live worship CD/DVD and 365-day devotional hardcover gift book from RGM-NEW BREED Music / Integrity Music and Bethany House Publishers respectively. Both the devotional and the songs reflect on grace given through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, as well as how believers perceive Jesus and His character and can walk in His truth.
Produced by four-time GRAMMY winner Israel Houghton for RGM-NEW BREED Music, orchestrated by Dr. Henry Panion III (Stevie Wonder, Carrie Underwood, Chaka Khan) and featuring special guest appearances and song co-writes with Michael W. Smith, Kari Jobe and Houghton, the Revealing Jesus CD/DVD was recorded live Sept. 28 and 29, 2012 at the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL. Among the anthemic songs on the CD/DVD is the Zschech, Houghton and Jobe penned “Victor’s Crown,” which is set for release January 2013 with a song chart as an Easter resource. Along with the dynamic participation of thousands of worshippers, the live recording also captures a compelling performance by the Alabama School of Fine Arts based in Birmingham.
The companion Revealing Jesus book was poured out from the pages of Zschech’s personal journals. Honest, raw, and beautifully written, the devotional contains meditations and scriptures revealing the heart of Jesus. These devotions are designed to inspire and encourage the readers’ journey,especially when times are hard, tenderly calling readers to sit at the feet of the Lord, learn from His wisdom, embrace His love and experience His peace.