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Darlene Zschech - Biography


Darlene Zschech 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 Schmith.


In 2003, Zschech released her first solo album in nine years, entitled Kiss of Heaven. She had earlier released a vinyl album in 1987 called Make The Choice and a cassette album in 1993 called Pearls & Gold. 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, Zschech has written four books: Worship (1996), Extravagant Worship (2002), The Kiss of Heaven (2003) and The Great Generational Transition (2009).

Hillsong Church
Zschech was the worship pastor of Hillsong Church from 1996 to 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.

Hope Unlimited Church
In January 2011, Darlene and Mark Zschech became senior pastors at Church Unlimited (later named Hope Unlimited Church) in Charmhaven on the New South Wales central coast, but Zschech intends to still be part of the Hillsong Worship Team, leading worship at Hillsong's key events during the year. She also continues to host the Creative Stream at the Hillsong Conference while leading tours with the Hillsong Team around the world.


Hope Rwanda
The Zschech family have founded an organisation called Hope Rwanda. Hope Rwanda now 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.

Shout to the Lord
Zschech's best known song is "Shout to the Lord". This song is the title track for the first live album co-produced with Integrity Music featuring Zschech as a worship leader. In 2000, Zschech received a Dove Award nomination for Songwriter of the Year.

See Hillsong/ Darlene Zschech: CD Track listings
Songs
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)
"Irresistible"
"Glorious"
"To You"
"Worthy Is the Lamb"
Blessed (2002)
"Blessed" with Reuben Morgan
Hope (2003)
"My Hope"
"Call"
"You Are"
For All You've Done (2004)
"You Are Worthy"
"Glorify Your Name" with David Holmes
God He Reigns (2005)
"Saviour"
"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
God is Able (2011)
"Cry of the Broken"
You Are Love (2011)
"Under Grace"
"Saving Me"
"You Are Love"
"We are Your People"
"I Will Wait"
"Beautiful"
"Hope for Humanity"
"Faithful"
"Cry of the Broken"
"Face to face"
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Casting Crowns Dove Award 2012 nominated

43rd Annual Dove Awards

Gospel music's top artists returned to the historic Fox Theater last week for the 43rd Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards in Atlanta.

Last week Casting Crowns was nominated Best Artist of the Year, next to the winner of Best Male Vocalist: Jason Crabb and winner of Best Female Vocalist: Natalie Grant.

Casting Crowns - Biography

Casting Crowns is a Grammy Award and Dove Award winning Contempary Christian/Christian Rock band. Casting Crowns was started in 1999 by youth pastor Mark Hall at First Baptist Church in Downtown Daytona Beach, Florida as part of a youth group. He now serves as a lead vocalist. Later they moved to Stockbridge, Georgia and more members joined creating the band now known as Casting Crowns. Some members of the band currently work as ministers for Eagles Landing First Baptist Church in Stockbridge, Georgia.


Ministry Casting Crowns frontman Mark Hall calls the band's work a ministry akin to what the world would call "preaching to the choir." In keeping with The Great Commission, Hall describes their music as a "ministry of discipleship."
Four members of Casting Crowns currently minister at Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, GA where they play during the Contemporary Worship service on Sunday mornings. They do the band part-time around their full-time work of mentoring teenagers at the church. They often tour from Thursday- Saturday so that they can be home for church on Sunday morning and Wednesday night.

Casting Crowns - Come to the well tour 2011/2012