About Us


Singer, Songwriter, Empowerment Speaker, and Domestic Violence Advocate, Diana Winkler, states that her directive and mission are strong, but simple: Not just to entertain, but to offer a musical safe haven.  Her story, behind the lyrics, is one that has led her to embrace individuals who have been trapped in the "behind closed doors" subject of  abuse.

Diana’s artistic journey began when she was a young child. While growing up, she was involved in various forms of the Arts, which included theatre, choir and dance. Diana felt that she had been created to cultivate these gifts to serve others. When attending Bible College in Fairfax, VA, Diana received formal voice and piano training.  Her studies also focused on overseas missions and church music. Diana also used her language skills to minister to the Hispanic community.  It was during this period of time that the vision of a music ministry began to take form within her.
Armed with education, experience and an invigorated passion for music, Diana began to make a name for herself within the local music community.  Diana’s musical expression of classical and traditional church worship music was best known for the blend of a deep, low range and soaring high notes.  Throughout the upcoming years, she led various worship teams as a lead vocalist, choir director, church pianist, and also used her abilities to teach voice to aspiring students.  Her skills and passion for local and global ministries enabled her to be part of church planting in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Arizona, along with serving short term in the countries of France, Puerto Rico and Canada.
But all was not well with Diana. She was someone who had become a victim of verbal and emotional abuse.  She describes her despair, "I felt like I was trapped, and none of the options in front of me were very good ones.  So, for a long time, I stayed."  This kind of darkness was changing Diana from the inside out.  Her life as a Christian musicianary was beautiful and she blessed many others, yet all the while, the feelings of emptiness, depression and hopelessness in her personal life began to take its toll.  Diana says, “I woke up one morning more depressed than I have been in my whole life. I could not imagine bearing another year in this prison. I cried out to God, and said, ' I can't live like this anymore. I am willing to take whatever consequences are for leaving this situation, but I am getting out before it destroys me'.”  She knew that God had a plan for her life, and held on to that promise.  Through much prayer and supplication, Diana decided to leave.  This was one of the hardest, but necessary decisions she had ever made.
Today, having been blessed with her current musician husband, Brian, Diana finds herself in the midst of the ministry that had been part of her early dreams.  Residing in sunny Arizona, Diana and Brian are writing original songs that have been birthed from her experiences. “This new project, which includes original songs and cover tunes, is a collection of music to educate, empower and encourage those who are going through and have survived domestic violence, both physical and emotional.”, exclaims Diana. This compilation is a mix of genres from blues, jazz, flamenco and country influences, taking a different direction from her first CD, Classic Favorites. With her sophomore project entitled Break These Chains, Diana is prepared to take her voice to those who need it. Diana is working to increase awareness of domestic violence within her church and community through public speaking and sharing her music at many churches and local events. “Diana has a willing, sweet heart and a beautiful voice that complements her personality.  She has been a valuable added member to our arts and worship team here at FBC Scottsdale.”, says Jessie Young, Director of Fine Arts, First Baptist Church, Scottsdale.

In 2017, Diana partnered with Mending The Soul Ministries, a faith-based small group program for those healing from abuse. "This is a life changing program, unlike anything else I have found. I am proud to be a part of it. It has helped so many people heal from all kinds of abuse."

In 2020, Diana started The Wounds Of The Faithful Podcast, in response to the great need during the pandemic. "There are abuse victims being quarantined at home with their abusers. They need extra hope and encouragement right now to get through these crazy times, even when they can't participate in a small group or attend counseling. They need to be assured of God's love and provision".

 With these words in her heart, Diana feels that she has truly stepped into her calling.

*Bio prepared by THE INNER VIZION

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DSW Ministries is a subsidiary of Winkler Creative, LLC.

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Winkler Creative, LLC.

9375 E Shea Blvd Suite 100

Scottsdale, AZ 8560