Shout to the Lord

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"Shout to the Lord"
Song by Darlene Zschech
from the album People Just Like Us
Recorded 1993, Australia
Genre Contemporary worship music
Label Hillsong Music Australia
Songwriter(s) Darlene Zschech

"Shout to the Lord" is a praise and worship song written by Christian worship leader Darlene Zschech in 1993.[1] It was published by Hillsong Music Australia.[2]

It has also been covered by Don Moen, Carman, Matt Redman,[citation needed] Chris Tomlin,[citation needed] Michael W. Smith,[citation needed] Lincoln Brewster,[citation needed] John Tesh[citation needed] and Sandi Patty.[citation needed]

On 9 April 2008, "Shout to the Lord" was the closing song on Idol Gives Back, sung by the remaining eight contestants of American Idol and a gospel choir. The lyrics of the song were altered, changing the word "Jesus" to "Shepherd" in the first line,[3] without the approval of Zschech or Hillsong Church.[4] At the request of the song's publishers, the song was performed again at the opening of the next show the following night, this time using the original lyrics.[3] The studio version of the performance charted at number 43 in the Billboard Hot 100, based on digital download sales alone.


"Shout to the Lord" by singer-songwriter Darlene Zschech during the time when she was struggling with financial worries and the stresses of raising a young family.[5]


"Shout to the Lord" appears on the following albums:


  1. ^ "Shout To The Lord". Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ Roger E. Van Harn, Walter Brueggemann, Brent A. Strawn Psalms for Preaching and Worship: A Lectionary Commentary 0802863213 2009 "The best place to begin is with the already extant body of Scripture songs based on the Psalms. ... A significant percentage of these songs are based directly on single verses or memorable images from the Psalms (e.g., “As the Deer,” “We Bow Down,” and “Shout to the Lord”). ... As these songs move from being considered “contemporary” to more traditional, no doubt new compositions will emerge, also ..."
  3. ^ a b "American Idol "Shout to the Lord" Controversy and Results". Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hillsong Reacts to Idol's Shout to the Lord". CBN News. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zschech Songfacts". Retrieved May 7, 2015.