At the age of ten, Darlene was singing, dancing, and hosting segments on a weekly television show in Australia. As a teenager, she sang with gospel bands in Brisbane. Today, Darlene Zschech, with her husband, Mark, leads worship at Hills Christian Life Center in Sydney, Australia.
Darlene (born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1965) is the worship director, and Mark directs the television ministry at Hills Christian Life Center. With eight years of formal vocal training, Darlene is an accomplished singer who has also written commercials. She has been a songwriter since age fifteen.
During a difficult time of personal crisis, Darlene was meditating on the text of Psalm 96. As she sat at her piano, mostly improvising words and melody as they flowed from her meditations, her deep faith and joy in the Lord gradually replaced her depression, resulting in the song "Shout to the Lord" (The Faith We Sing, no. 2074. She introduced the song to her congregation; and within a short time, the song was being sung in many nations around the world. "Shout to the Lord" became the title song for a best-selling album of the same name, and it was nominated for Song of the Year at the 29th Annual Dove Awards in 1999. It continues to appear in the top ten list of CCLI's most downloaded songs. Darlene Zschesch has passed the 2.25 million mark in CD sales in the USA alone.
Today, in addition to her musical activities, Darlene is Executive Director of Mercy Ministries in Australia, a Christ-centered residential program for girls and women suffering from eating disorders, drug addiction, and emotional and physical abuse.
For more information about Darlene Zschesch, see www.darlenezschech.com