World-renowned worship leader and best-selling author Darlene Zschech releases on March 19 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. In anticipation of the release, a newly launched microsite, Revealing-Jesus.com, previews four of the new songs and videos from the CD/DVD, offers select devotions from the companion book, and features a free download of the chord chart for “Victor’s Crown.”
This brand new anthem, destined to become an Easter season resource for churches around the globe, was written by Zschech, Israel Houghton and Kari Jobe, and is being made available for download today from iTunes and Amazon.com.
“Victor’s Crown” was also recently debuted by GetRealLive! in a BlogTalkRadio.com show featuring an interview with Zschech and Revealing Jesus producer and five-time GRAMMY Award-winner Israel Houghton. During the interview, which sparked 13,583,657 twitter impressions in just two-hours, Houghton shared his reason for wanting to be involved in this project:
“Darlene has paved the way for so many people, including myself,” said Houghton. “As much as we marvel at ‘Shout To The Lord’ and all those Hillsong songs, I feel like the best has been left for now! There has never been a greater time to hear the heart of Darlene…From the time we started writing the songs, to the moment we finished in Birmingham and since, I feel that we are being allowed to handle something very precious to the heart of God.”
In her gracious way of reflecting the praise and putting it back on God, Zschech responded following Israel’s comments: “I need the Word of God. I need Church family… These are not just pretty poems put to pretty music. These are songs that teach my soul to sing. One of the ways I take heart is that I worship. It’s very powerful when you feel the joy of the Lord beside you, so incredibly powerful.”
Zschech also writes in the Digital Booklet featured at Revealing-Jesus.com: “Once you read through the credits on this project, you will see that there are many, many amazing people who have worked beautifully to put this recording together. I actually had resigned myself to maybe never doing a live project again, knowing that to date I have been privileged to work with some of the finest people ever to write and record songs of praise... and maybe that season was over. But after some long conversations with God and then with friends in our world, and a lengthy D and M (deep and meaningful) with Israel H, Mark [Zschech] and I decided we would record live one more time.”
Recorded live Sept. 28 and 29, 2012 at the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL, Revealing Jesus is orchestrated by Dr. Henry Panion III (Stevie Wonder, Carrie Underwood, Chaka Khan) and features special guest appearances, as well as co-writes with Michael W. Smith, Jobe and Houghton. Along with the dynamic participation of thousands of worshipers, the live recording also captures a compelling performance by the Alabama School of Fine Arts, based in Birmingham.
In addition to the 12 new worship anthems on the Revealing Jesus CD/DVD, bonus tracks in custom versions of the album will include fresh takes on such internationally acclaimed songs as “Shout to the Lord,” “Hosanna” and “Worthy is the Lamb,” as well as the Houghton-penned “Jesus at the Center.” The custom versions include a “deluxe” CD/DVD combination, an ebook with songs, and an iTunes® LP that includes video plus bonus resources, song devotional videos and more.
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 reader’s 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.
About Darlene Zschech:
A worship leader, pastor, singer, songwriter, speaker and author, who has led millions of Christians in worship, Zschech has written and performed over eighty songs, including such global anthems as “Shout To The Lord,” a song that is sung by an estimated 30 million churchgoers every week and has been covered by at least twenty other artists. She has also penned bestselling books, such as Extravagant Worship, The Kiss of Heaven and The Art of Mentoring, which combined have been translated into 19 languages. As a teenager, she sang jingles for McDonalds, Special K, KFC and Diet Coke, and in the year 2000, she received the Gospel Music Association International Award for her impact on the Global Church. While serving as a worship leader and pastor for Sydney’s Hillsong Church, Darlene wrote for, performed on and helped produce 16 Gold- and one Platinum-selling Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) live Hillsong albums.
Today, Darlene and her husband, Mark, are senior pastors of Hope Unlimited Church on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, and together founded HOPE: Global (www.hope-global.org) and work with Compassion International, serving the world’s poorest of the poor. The couple has three daughters, Chloe, Zoe and Amy, a granddaughter, Ava Pearl, and a grandson, Roman Emmanuel Mark. Learn more about Darlene Zschech and Revealing Jesus at www.darlenezschech.com.
About RGM-NEW BREED Music:
RGM-NEW BREED Music was formed by merging Israel Houghton’s NEW BREED and Galley Molina’s RGM (Reverence Gospel Media) to create this new multimedia and music company. In addition to Zschech’s Revealing Jesus and Houghton’s Jesus At The Center, RGM-NEW BREED is getting ready to launch I’m in Love with a Church Girl, a feature film written and produced by Molina and set to release in 2013. Houghton executive-produced the film, produced the soundtrack and provided additional scoring, marking his first foray into the faith-based feature films genre. See www.rgmusa.com for more information.
About Bethany House Publishers:
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has been publishing high-quality books for over 50 years. One of the largest publishers of Christian books, Baker Publishing Group is composed of six divisions: Bethany House, Revell, Baker Books, Baker Academic, Chosen Books and Brazos Press. Baker Publishing Group is also the exclusive publisher of GOD’S WORD® Translation. Bethany House offices are located in Bloomington, MN, and Baker Publishing Group is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.bakerpublishinggroup.com.
About Integrity Music:
Integrity Music is a division of David C Cook, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Integrity Music’s resources are distributed in more than 160 countries and sold worldwide. Additional information can be found at www.integritymusic.com.