Francesca Battistelli (born May 18, 1985) is an American Christian singer and songwriter from New York City. She was originally an independent artist and had released an independent album, Just a Breath, in 2004. Her first studio album on Fervent Records, My Paper Heart, was released on July 22, 2008. Her first single, "I'm Letting Go", was released to radio stations in spring of 2008 and has charted on national Christian CHR charts since then. The song was the 16th most played song of 2008 on Christian radio stations according to R&R magazine. Battistelli received her first Grammy Award nomination in 2009, for Best Gospel Performance with her single, "Free to Be Me". She later received her first Grammy Award in 2016 at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song with her single, "Holy Spirit" from her album If We're Honest.

Biography

Battistelli was born on May 18, 1985 in New York City. She grew up in a musical family with both of her parents involved in musical theatre. "There was just something about live theater—especially musical theater—that has always resonated with me" she said. She "knew that she was going to spend her life performing" after seeing a performance of the musical The Secret Garden on Broadway at the age of six. "So I thought that was it. I was going to be Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden." When she was 15, however, she became a member of the Orlando, Florida all-girl mainstream pop group Bella. The group's touring performances included singing and dancing, which were "two things I loved", she said. After the group disbanded, Battistelli picked up the guitar and began writing songs.As an independent artist in 2004, Battistelli released her debut album, Just a Breath. In early 2008, she released the I'm Letting Go EP exclusively through iTunes on Fervent Records which contains four songs, including the title track. All four songs were included on her first major label studio album, My Paper Heart, which was released on July 22, 2008. The album was produced by Dove Award-winning producer Ian Eskelin, and was published through Word Distribution. Her first radio single, "I'm Letting Go", was released in spring 2008. The song had reached into the top 20 on R&R's Christian CHR charts by May 30, 2008. In early July 2008, the song reached No. 10 on Christian CHR charts. The song "Free to Be Me", which received a Grammy nomination in 2009, was partially inspired when she backed her car into a lawyer's car, resulting in the line "'cause I got a couple dents in my fender". Battistelli began a period of touring in the U.S. during early 2008, playing solo concerts as well as performing with fellow Fervent Records band Big Daddy Weave. She performed at several Christian music festivals during mid-2008, such as Spirit West Coast in California and Alive Fest. In late 2008, she guested on a tour with Aaron Shust and NewSong. Her debut single "I'm Letting Go" reached No. 3 on R&R's Christian CHR and AC charts during mid to late 2008. Her next single, "Free to Be Me", reached No. 1 on the R&R Christian CHR format in March 2009, and has held the top position for 9 consecutive weeks through the beginning of May. Battistelli joined TobyMac, Hawk Nelson, Brandon Heath and others on the Winter Jam 2009 tour, the nation's largest annual Christian music tour, which ran from January through March 2009. On November 23, 2009, Battistelli's song, "It's Your Life", was featured on the series finale of Jon & Kate Plus 8 and The Biggest Loser, the same day the It's Your Life, featuring all of the singles, was released on iTunes US. It's Your Life Dented Fender Session was also released at that time. "It's Your Life" was also used in the film Soul Surfer. Battistelli toured on Winter Jam again for 2011 and released a second studio album, Hundred More Years, on March 1, 2011. The album was preceded by the release of a single, "This is the Stuff", in early 2011 followed in July by "Motion of Mercy". On October 16, 2012 Battestelli released Christmas, a collection of traditional holiday music. On April 22, 2014, Battistelli's third studio album was released, and was titled If We're Honest. Battistelli released a new song, "Future", exclusive to Pizza Ranch on June 1, 2015. The song was written by Battistelli and Casey Brown, and was produced by Ian Eskelin. In late 2016, Battistelli toured with Bethel Music and was featured on two songs on their 2017 release Starlight. In late 2017, she released Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years.

Style

Battistelli's music is influenced by several genres. One reviewer wrote that "Battistelli's soulful piano-pop sound resembles a blend of her music interests—jazz, rock, gospel and R&B." Battistelli stated that when she first began writing music, "I really longed to bring something authentic to the music scene that even non-Christians could listen to." Francesca's track "Blue Sky" featured on the Hollister Playlist for December 2009.

Personal life

On August 27, 2009, Battistelli married percussionist Matthew Goodwin. They have two sons and a daughter, Matthew, Audrey and Isaac, and in February 2017 announced that they are expecting their fourth child.

Discography

Just a Breath (2004) My Paper Heart (2008) Hundred More Years (2011) Christmas (2012) If We're Honest (2014)

Awards

GMA Dove Awards

Grammy Awards

References

External links

Official website

Albums & Songs

The Breakup Song - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
White Christmas (Feat. Francesca Battistelli) [Studio Series Performance Track] - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
If We're Honest (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Giants Fall (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
He Knows My Name (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Write Your Story (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
We Are the Kingdom (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Holy Spirit (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Run To Jesus (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Tonight (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
When the Crazy Kicks In (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Unusual (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Find Rest (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
I Am Home (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Keeping Score (Studio Series Performance Track) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
If We're Honest (Deluxe Version) Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
If We're Honest Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Christmas Live In Nashville Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Strangely Dim (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Hundred More Years (Deluxe Edition) Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Studio Series Performance Track) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Heaven Everywhere (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
What Child Is This (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Joy To the World (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Marshmallow World (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Christmas Is (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Go, Tell It On the Mountain (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Christmas Dreams (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
The Christmas Song (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Middle of a Miracle (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
December 25 (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Christmas Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Hundred More Years Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
This Is the Stuff (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Hundred More Years (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Angel By Your Side (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Motion of Mercy (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Constant (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Worth It (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Don't Miss It (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
You Never Are (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
So Long (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Good To Know (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
My Paper Heart (Dented Fender Sessions) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Lead Me to the Cross (Studio Series Performance Track) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Lead Me to the Cross - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
You're Here (Studio Series Performance Track) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Forever Love (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Time In Between (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Free To Be Me (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Beautiful, Beautiful (Studio Series Performance Track) - - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
I'm Letting Go (Studio Series Performance Track) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
My Paper Heart (Bonus Track Version) Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes