STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 163628-25264 LABEL: Integrity Music 0000768682890 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 EXTRAS: bonus DVD RELEASE DATE: 2017-03-03 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Ian Whitwood
There can be few in Christendom who don't know the name Darlene Zschech (or Check as I recently saw her name misspelled) and her "Shout To The Lord" and other Hillsong classics which continue to be sung in churches worldwide. So the news of her first album in four years filled many people with considerable expectation. The Australian worship leader has not disappointed. Recorded and filmed at Darlene's own Hope Unlimited Church in New South Wales, this live album (with accompanying DVD) consists of 11 brand new tracks and it delivers on every level. An ex-deejay new to the Christian faith, listening to the CD in my car, declared its production as flawless and said that it even excelled Fleetwood Mac's best! Opening with "You Are Great", penned while Darlene was battling cancer, the support of the Hope UC band and accompanying singers emphasises her anointed singing as it draws us into worship. Darlene's passion and driving force is explained in "Kingdom Come" as she sings, "Here on earth our hearts alive/We're set apart with holy fire/God, fill us now with living fire." "Beloved (When I Survey)" is a beautiful song incorporating a great hymn. Opening with a supporting male vocalist with whom Darlene harmonises, we are lifted to new heights. The title track and the final track, "Go" remind us of the implications of full surrender, "Tell the world, lift Him high/Nothing else will satisfy." This album is soaked in Holy Spirit inspiration as Darlene's flawless vocals lift us effortlessly into worship mode.
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Darlene's first album of new worship material since 2013's bestselling Revealing Jesus, has a few firsts. It is her first album since being treated for cancer, and her first recording at Hope Unlimited Church where she and her husband Mark are pastors. Featuring new songs written by Darlene with established writers Martin Smith, Paul Baloche, Leeland Mooring and Jenn Johnson (Bethel), her new album also features songs co-written with writers from their church. Various members of Hope Unlimited Church join Darlene in coleading each song. Strong threads of both the greatness of God and the mandate to carry out the Great Commission permeate the album, inviting us to take worship to the nations and our neighbour alike. Rooted in the local church, all the songs of Here I Am Send Me are used in worship times at Darlenes home church and are relatable and powerful for local churches around the world to use in congregational worship settings.
A worship leader, pastor, singer, songwriter, speaker and author, Darlene Zschech has led millions of Christians in worship.
You Are Great
You Will Be Praised
First Love/Love & Wonder
Here I Am Send Me