World-renowned worship leader and best-selling author Darlene Zschech releases on March 19 her long-awaited "Revealing Jesu"s 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 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, 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.”
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.