What do you get when you combine world-renowned worship leader and songwriter Darlene Zschech, four-time Grammy winner Israel Houghton as producer, guest appearances by Michael W. Smith, Kari Jobe, and Houghton, along with several brand new songs and some classic favorites? You end up with one outstanding worship experience and subsequent album: Revealing Jesus, the latest live worship recording from now solo artist Darlene Zschech. All of these dynamic forces join together to create a fresh, yet familiar soundscape, including elements of Hillsong and Houghton, but ultimately one that highlights Darlene’s passionate vocals, strong songwriting, and expression of her love for the Lord through music. Along with the CD, there is also a Revealing Jesus DVD and 365-day hardcover devotional available, all of which reflect on the grace given by Jesus and how we can walk in his truth by Christ’s resurrection power. As one would expect, this album is filled with songs that would be useful to worship leaders seeking songs for corporate worship. The opening “God Is Here” would make a perfect call to worship, with its upbeat, fun groove, and lyrics that encourage the listener to draw near. “Victor’s Crown” is an anthem ideal for Easter, written by Zschech, Houghton, and Jobe. But perhaps the most powerful song on the album is “In Jesus’ Name”, a 10 minute driving declaration that “God is fighting for us, God is on our side,” and a celebration of the resurrection power of Christ.
More: A fitting and powerful release from one of worship music’s forerunners and current mentor.
Less: The only thing this album seems to be lacking is perhaps a more prominent role for the guest artists. Both “Yours Forever” and “I Am Yours,” the songs that feature Jobe and Michael W. Smith, respectively, are great songs, but the guest artists only play a small role in each song.