Born and raised in southern Germany, Diana Ezerex began singing and playing instruments at the age of 3, taking lessons in the recorder and saxophone and teaching herself how to play keys, guitar and songwriting. At the age of 9 she had written her first song – a children’s melody for her church.

Even though Ezerex never felt like music would be a realistic career path for her, she continued working on her musical skills, writing songs only as personal therapy. 

While studying her bachelor in educational science (followed by a master’s degree in cultural mediation in 2023), more opportunities opened up for her to present her music, touring solo in 2016 and 2017 and putting together a band. During and after the „Popkurs“ at Hamburg University for Music & Theatre she started working on songs, trying to find her voice & sound, always hoping that her music inspires societal change. While her debut album, produced by Thorsten Rheinschmidt, deals with topics that are linked to incarceration as she started playing concerts in prisons in 2017, her latest releases deal with more personal topics: her identity. As a German-Nigerian woman living in Germany she deals with a lot of „in betweens“, trying to find her place, dealing with sense of belonging, feeling of home, acceptance and racism.

Diana’s distinctive voice and style of songwriting have earned her widespread plaudits as an artist opening for Kat Frankie, Cory Wong, Fantastische Vier, (((0))) and performing at Das FEST Karlsruhe in 2023. Credits in Rolling Stone Germany, ZEIT, ZDF and other print and online media underline her success in approaching social issues with pop music.

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Diana Ezerex at Das Fest in Karlsruhe, Jul 2023. © Micha Roth


Identity and acceptance are challenging yet essential topics, especially in a time where they are being redefined, discussed, and validated. Belonging means being accepted and actually feeling as a part of the surrounding. But what might sound simple is actually an intense and often painful process, especially when constantly questioning one’s own sense of belonging. Diana Ezerex has embraced and processed this journey in her „IDENTITY PROJECT,“ releasing it in four EPs.
With her exceptional and emotionally powerful lyrical prowess, coupled with a fresh sound that leaves a lasting impression, Ezerex will release her most personal work to date by 2026. Because she draws from her own experiences, emotions, and questions in her songs, experiencing the artist’s live performance becomes an unforgettable event.

The IDENTITY PROJECT composes of four EPs:

  • IDENTITY (Feeling), released April 2023
  • IDENTITY (Relationship), release January 2024
  • IDENTITY (Ambivalence), release tba
  • IDENTITY (Reflection), release tba

This project received funding by the Ministry of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg.

Since May 2017, Diana Ezerex has been playing voluntary concerts in prisons in German-speaking countries. At the Popkurs Hamburg, she was inspired to write an album about the experiences she had and the topics related to prison. Her song lyrics and also the compositions deal with topics of the past, present and future/perspective, describe societal causes and challenges that lead to children not learning to solve problems without violence. Topics such as mental health, suicide, acceptance and finding one’s way in society are also being addressed. From the examination of the prison setting, songs emerged that are not only relevant there but also and above all for society in general. Her music is best placed within the genre of pop & indie.

The album is critical of both system and society. In connection with this, the musician and educator (studying B.A. Educational Science, M.A. Cultural Mediation as well as currently M. Mus. Popular Music at the Folkwang University of Arts) designs creative music workshops for young people that deal with violence and addiction prevention. Furthermore, music videos for each song, a play and short films will make the topics more tangible and accessible in various ways. In addition, different versions of the songs will be created in cooperation with youth orchestras from all over Germany, which on the one hand will bring the social issues directly to a young target group and on the other hand will create a connection between high culture and subculture. A remix version of the whole album will also help to support this goal. A benefit exhibition on the topic of isolation will give word and drawing artists from prison and outside a platform to share their thoughts and art. The proceeds will go towards artistic resocialisation measures.

In cooperation with filmmakers, directors, musicians, producers, authors, editors, graphic designers and educators from all over Europe, a broadly based artistic project is being created, which highlights social grievances on various levels through different media. One of the artist’s heartfelt concerns is to reach young people, to show them perspectives and thus to change society, even if only a little bit. As described above, she hopes that this will bring about lasting social change, showing that we can all do something to prevent people from „going off the rails“. That we all have something to give to a better world. Inspired by the prison, which is a very honest mirror of society (Leo Tolstoy), general social & structural issues are to be processed, illustrated and to be put in motion.

With a sincere commitment to bringing the therapeutic resonance of music to unconventional spaces, singer-songwriter Diana Ezerex has been captivating audiences within the prison walls of the DACH region since 2017. Her prison concerts serve as a unique endeavor to bridge the gap between confinement and the liberating essence of music, aspiring to bring a distinct beacon of hope and inspiration.

The experiences and connections formed during these intimate performances have significantly influenced Diana Ezerex. Intrigued by the stories, resilience, and shared emotions of those she encountered behind bars, Ezerex found inspiration for her album, „My Past’s Gravity“ (2021). The album serves as a reflection of the diverse narratives she encountered, weaving together tales of resilience, redemption, and the universal human experience.

„My Past’s Gravity“ is not just a collection of songs but a testament to the transformative nature of art. It captures the essence of the indomitable human spirit and highlights the power of music to transcend barriers, offering solace and connection even in the most challenging circumstances.

Past Prison Concerts


  • Men: JVA Bützow (incl. women), JVA Stralsund, JVA Ravensburg, JVA Bayreuth, JVA Kassel, JVA Asperg, JVA Dieburg, JVA Gießen, JVA Berlin-Lichtenberg, JVA Münster, JVA Köln, JVA Untermaßfeld
  • Women: JVA Vechta, JVA Bremen, JVA Schwäbisch Gmünd, JVA Bühl, JVA Zweibrücken, JVA Saarbrücken
  • Youth: Neustrelitz, Neuburg-Herrenwörth
  • Youth Detention: Worms, Brandenburg, Rastatt, Göppingen


  • JA Stein, JA Graz, JA Linz, JA Sonnberg, JA Hirtenberg, JA Salzburg, JA Gerasdorf, JA Wien-Josefstadt, JA Asten


  • Youth Detention: Kalchrain