His professional career started in 2002 when he won South Africa’s version of American Idol. This was preceded by 2 years of worship leading as a teenager and another 5 years of worship leading as a 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.
Heinz Winckler is a born again, Holy Spirit filled follower of The Way of Jesus Christ, called to play a significant role in the entertainment industry for the Kingdom of God and for the glory of God. He is married to author, speaker and image consultant Aletté-Johanni, and father to three amazing boys, Lian (6), Simeon (4) and Reuben (2).
21 Junie – Laerskool Parow