Darlene Zschech

Australian Darlene Zschech has achieved worldwide acclaim as a singer, songwriter and worship leader in recent years, following years of training, Gospel singing and recording at the pinnacle of the Australian session scene.

She is lead vocalist, worship leader, and producer of Hillsong Music Australia's best selling albums. The live worship albums have all achieved gold status, and include "Stone's Been Rolled Away", "People Just Like Us", "God Is In The House", "Friends In High Places", "All Things Are Possible", "Touching Heaven, Changing Earth", "By Your Side", "For This Cause", "You Are My World", "Blessed" and "Hope".

Shout to the Lord, a beautiful chorus written by Darlene, is sung by an estimated 25 to 30 million churchgoers every week. 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 'Song of the Year' for the 1998 Dove Awards and was nominated as 'Album of the year' for the 1997 Dove Awards and has been recorded on over 20 different albums. In the year 2000 Darlene received a Dove Award nomination for Songwriter of the year.

In addition to Shout To The Lord, Darlene has written over 60 songs that have been published by Hillsong Music Australia alone. She has also written three books on her passion, the last one is titled 'Extravagant Worship' and her latest book 'The Kiss of Heaven'.

Darlene has made music an integral part of her life since she was a child. From the age of ten she performed in a weekly children's television show, singing, dancing and hosting segments. As a teenager Darlene continued in music, fronting various local gospel bands in Brisbane, Queensland. She then started on the session scene in Sydney, working on jingles for McDonalds, Special K, KFC and Diet Coke.

For the past eighteen years Darlene and her husband Mark have been a vital part of the leadership team at Hillsong Church, Sydney which is possibly Australia's largest church, with a current congregation of over 15,000. Hillsong Church values contemporary praise and worship and has a reputation for excellence with its choirs and musicians. As Worship Pastor, Darlene oversees the Worship & Creative Arts Department at Hillsong Church at the Hills and City congregations. Mark is the Media Manager of Hillsong Church and Director of the Television Ministry, and Darlene leads worship most weeks for the Hillsong Television program which reaches over 125 different countries across the globe.

Darlene is also the Associate Director of Hillsong Conference which is the annual music and leadership conference of the church. In 2003, over 18,000 full time delegates attended the conference at Sydney's SuperDome at Olympic Park.

Darlene and Mark reside in Sydney with their three daughters, Amy, Chloe and Zoe. Her passion in life is leading people into the presence of God and seeing them realise their full potential in Him.

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