The past several years have seen a rise in the popularity of more classical forms of music pressing their way into the mainstream. With artists like Josh Groban and Il Divo paving the way, Susan Boyle and the Celtic Women troupe have found great success in the general market. Yet, while most of those artists tend to occasionally throw an inspirational tune or two around, it’s the rare CCM artist that’s really taken a sacred music approach to the genre. Enter Diana Stimmler-Winkler. Singing since a young age and gaining real focus during her college years, the artist has honed her skills a member of several choirs and music ministries, most recently coming to serve at Palmcroft Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona. Toss in some Spanish language ministry and Stimmler-Winkler finds herself with a solid foundation to build upon. After several years of singing and longing, the artist’s dreams have been realized with the independent release of her first album, Classic Favorites. Bringing together a collection of choral and classic favorites alongside some more contemporary Christian hits, the artist attempts to fill the gap between the old and the new, with mixed results.
The album opens with “O Holy Night,” a song and style clearly in Stimmler-Winkler’s wheelhouse. With a classically styled piano backing her vocal, the artist lets her soprano voice loose on the classic holiday song. Tom Fettke’s “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name” is another piano-driven track that fits the artist’s style nicely, as does the Brooklyn Tabernacle classic “He’s Been Faithful.” Soaring high notes color the solo piano of “The Holy City” and some very subtle guitar allows Stimmler-Winkler to show off her foreign language chops on “Jehovah, Senor de Los Cielos.”
The Music Ministry of Diana Stimmler Winkler: They Say....
An overall rating of 3.00 stars means this release is on par with most of the music we receive. We think you are well on your way.
Some elements here could be stronger, but this release is solid and rises above a lot of what's out there. Keep up the good work – it
is paying off and you are headed in the right direction. Based on this rating, we anticipate being able to provide you with some
exciting opportunities for your music.
We thought your track had rousing energy that moved us as listeners. You sound confident in your musical skills and the parts
you're playing. When we heard this, we were really stoked. It made us want to grab a guitar and play along. If that isn't musical success, what
Thank you for taking the time to send your CD to Taxi. I enjoyed listening to your lovely rendition of The Holy City. The song suits your voice well, the performance has excellent dynamics and your phrasing is true to the classic's style. I think your voice has a very soothing and delicate quality. Taxi does have listings from time to time for film and TV/music libraries in many genres, including those for new recordings of classic songs like this one. I certainly think there's a place for records like this one which cover well-known and beloved songs, like this one, which have stood the test of time. All the best, may God bless your ministry, and happy holidays to you in Arizona."
"This is a fun, adventurous song! I can really relate to this song myself. It reaches a wide audience, which is, anyone familiar with Facebook. "
After hearing the soon to be published song "I'm Not Addicted To Facebook".