Last year on December 11, worship leader and songwriter Darlene Zschech (known for fronting many of Hillsong's albums) was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram check. Ever since she has had surgery and she was released from the hospital (the SAN in Sydney) on Christmas Eve. Ever since the beginning of this arduous journey, Zschech has cancelled all her touring and her recording plans. She has even taken a back seat in terms of leading worship in her own church.
After the months of chemotherapy have ended, Zschech is starting a set of radio therapy treatments. On her blog, Zschech writes of her ordeal: "On the first day of radiation I was terrified. I found myself thinking crazy thoughts of being burned etc., these thoughts stemming from the doctors who have to tell you all the 'worst case scenarios' in an effort to prepare you. Whilst staring at the door of the treatment room, on the first day, I was seriously thinking about running out of waiting room. I was planning my escape and running seemed like such a sweet idea. Thankfully, that very day, I started my day by reading my Joseph Prince devotional for that day which read 'Jesus has you covered.' That He is my burnt offering and that He covers me from head to toe with His righteousness. I cannot even begin to tell you how much this meant to me and gave me the confidence I needed to walk through the treatment doors on that first day and to keep turning up."
However, one silver lining that resulted out of this entire journey is that Zschech has had a lot of time to pen new worship songs. Ever since May 25, she has been back leading worship performing many of her newly written worship anthems. Other than her own songs, Zschech has also led Bethel Music's latest title cut and single "You Make Me Brave" as well as Passion (featuring Chris Tomlin)'s "At the Cross (Love Ran Red)."
Zschech has also hinted that come November, she plans on hosting a huge Thanksgiving service where she will record her next live worship album. This live worship album will be the follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2013's "Revealing Jesus" worship recording. While "Revealing Jesus" boasts the presence of Kari Jobe, Michael W. Smith, BJ Putnam, Miriam Webster and Israel Houghton, plans have not yet been revealed whose Zschech's guests would be for her November recording.
Currently Darlene Zschech can be found on the new soundtrack to the movie "Heaven is for Real" where she contributes the song 'Heaven in Me," a song that has recently topped our Hallels' music chart.