Heinz Winckler’s professional career started in 2002 when he won South Africa’s version of American Idol. This was preceded by 7 years of worship leading as a high school learner and University student. South African Idol kick started a whole new accelerated professional season in the singer’s life and brought about some impressive achievements, including:
4th place in World Idol; being a Disney soundtrack artist, 3 SAMA (South African Music Awards) nominations, 3 People Magazine Crystal Awards; 3 Ghoema (Afrikaans music) Award nominations; 4 Tempo Award nominations; winner of Bok Radio’s “Singer of the Year” award 2014; A single, 6 studio albums and 2 Live DVD’s – out of which he achieved Double Platinum, Platinum and Gold status sales; lead role in the North American and Japanese touring production of RENT ’07-‘08; roles in the local soap opera, Binnelanders and drama series, Getroud Met Rugby; continuity presenter on the Kyknet channel, and lead role in “Jesus The Musical” at the Pretoria State Theatre; a lead role in the hit romantic comedy film, “Mooirivier” for which he wrote and co-produced the hit single “Meisie Van My Hart”; and 2015 saw him releasing his first book, “In Ritme Met God” (In Rhythm With God) – a testimony based book about identity and calling.
“THE ROAR” is not only his first independent album, but also his first Christian Contemporary Worship album. This powerful album with it’s beautifully crafted worship songs, was written and produced in Nashville, TN, the capitol of Christian music. Daniel Ornellas, bassist for Tree63 but a great producer in his own right, produced the album. Heinz got to reshape the well known “Let It Rain” with it’s original author, Michael Farren, while top notch musicians like Paul Mabury contributed to the high quality production of the record. Heinz is currently traveling all over Southern Africa to promote the album. Soon, he will visit Germany and the USA.
Heinz is married to author, speaker and image consultant Aletté-Johanni, and father to three amazing boys, Lian (7), Simeon (5) and Reuben (3).
9 Feb – Life Child Fundraiser Cape Town
9 Feb – YTA Unite Fundraiser, Cape Town
11 Feb – CUM Books In store performance of THE ROAR album
17 Feb – Spar Women’s Race, Cape Town
17 Feb – Klavierkuiers met Pedro, Stellenbosch