Singer and Bands
Darlene Joyce Zschech (pronounced /dɑrˈliːn ˈtʃɛk/; néeSteinhardt, born 8 September 1965, in Brisbane, Australia) is an Australian Pentecostal worship leader and singer-songwriter who primarily writes praise and worship songs. She is the former worship pastor of Hillsong Church and is currently a member of Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith from Delirious?.
As a young adult Zschech sang jingles for a number of international companies including McDonald’s, KFC and Coca Cola. She and husband Mark Zschech have three daughters: Amy Jaye Hood, Chloe Jaz and Zoe Jewel.
In 2003, Zschech released her first solo album in nine years, entitled Kiss of Heaven. She had earlier released a self-titled vinyl album in 1988 and a cassette album in 1994 called Pearls & Gold.Change Your World followed in 2005. 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 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.
Zschech and her husband were the founding executive directors of Mercy Ministries Australia. In 2009, after an 18 month investigation, they were named by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission as being two of several former directors of Mercy Ministries Australia who were responsible for the organisation’s “false, misleading and deceptive conduct”.
Zschech was the worship pastor of Hillsong Church from 1996-2007. She stepped down as worship pastor in 2007 and Reuben Morgan was appointed to the worship pastor position in 2008. At Hillsong she still leads worship on a regular basis and is a key leader of the church’s team for conferences. She travels regularly with the Hillsong team throughout the world leading people in worship. Hillsong made headlines when their 2004 live CD release, For All You’ve Done, reached Number 1 on the Australian national music charts.
Songs written or co-written by Zschech include:
- Stone’s Been Rolled Away (1993)
- “Your Name”
- 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”
- “I Will Run To You”
- 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)
- “To You”
- “Worthy Is the Lamb”
- Blessed (2002)
- “Blessed” with Reuben Morgan
- Hope (2003)
- “My Hope”
- “You Are”
- 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”
- “At the Cross” with Reuben Morgan
- Saviour King (2007)
- “One Thing” with Marty Sampson
- This Is Our God (2008)
- “High and Lifted Up” with Mike Guglielmucci
- Faith + Hope + Love (2009)
- “His Glory Appears” with Marty Sampson
- “A Beautiful Exchange”(2010)
- “Believe” with Reuben Morgan
Planetshakers is a Christian youth movement that began as an annual conference and grew into an international ministry and large church in Melbourne, Australia. The conference was born out ofParadise Community Church in Adelaide, South Australia by Pastor Russell Evans. Planetshakers expanded, and in 2004 moved to Melbourne to begin a church ministry (originally called Melbourne City Church). Planetshakers also has its own bible college which is located in several campuses throughout Australia.
Planetshakers’ stated mission is to “empower a generation to win a generation”.
The Planetshakers band is an Australian rock and worship band, a part of Planetshakers’s ministry. Their music is a contemporary style of praise and worship tempered with mainstream rock and pop.
The Planetshakers band is the central part of their events. The 2003 Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian was also a part of the Planetshakers band for several years, taking both lead and backup vocal parts on the 2002 and 2003 albums and conferences. Many of the musicians originated from Youth Alive South Australia, which also released CDs. Some of the songs written by current band members for the Youth Alive albums, such as ‘Phenomena’ and ‘God of Miracles’ (from Youth Alive Western Australia) have also featured on Planetshakers earlier albums.
In 2004, their CD Open Up The Gates was nominated for Praise and Worship Album of the Year for the Dove Awards.
Planetshakers announced at their 2008 conference that they would begin to release tracks via subscription to the “Planetshakers Revolution” – a new online music/resource distribution system designed to consolidate and build upon different products that they already offer. These include backing tracks, music videos, devotionals and leadership videos.
- When the Planet Rocked (2000) Recorded live at conference.
- So Amazing (2001) Recorded live at conference.
- Phenomena (2001) Compilation. (International release – live recording)
- Reflector (2002) Recorded live at conference.
- Open Up The Gates (2002) Studio recording.
- My King (2003) Recorded live at conference.
- Rain Down (2003) Studio recording.
- All That I Want (2004) Recorded live at conference.
- Always and Forever (2004) Studio recording.
- Evermore (2005) Recorded live at conference.
- Decade: Lift Up Your Eyes (2005) Special 10th Anniversary Compilation.
- Arise (2006) Studio Recording.
- Pick It Up (2006) Recorded live at the 10th anniversary conference.
- Praise Him (2006) Compilation.
- Worship Him (2006) Compilation.
- Never Stop (2007) Studio recording
- Saviour of the World (2007) Recorded live at conference.
- Free (2008) Recorded live at Planetshakers City Church.
- All for Love (2008) Recorded live at conference.
- Beautiful Saviour (2008) Recorded live at Planetshakers City Church.
- Deeper (2009) Recorded live at Planetshakers City Church.
- One (2009) Recorded live at conference.
- Even Greater (2009) Recorded Live at Planetshakers City Church