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

Let The Light In Let The Light In - Francesca Battistelli

Blue Sky Blue Sky - Francesca Battistelli

There's No Other Name There's No Other Name - Francesca Battistelli

Freedom Freedom - Francesca Battistelli

Something More Something More - Francesca Battistelli

Hundred More Years Hundred More Years - Francesca Battistelli

Free To Be Me Free To Be Me - Francesca Battistelli

It's Your Life It's Your Life - Francesca Battistelli

This Could Change Everything This Could Change Everything - Francesca Battistelli

Behind The Scenes Behind The Scenes - Francesca Battistelli

Giants Fall Giants Fall - Francesca Battistelli

Unpredictable Unpredictable - Francesca Battistelli

Messiah Messiah - Francesca Battistelli

If We're Honest If We're Honest - Francesca Battistelli

Love Somebody Love Somebody - Francesca Battistelli

Christmas Dreams Christmas Dreams - Francesca Battistelli

Where Were You Where Were You - Francesca Battistelli

Worth It Worth It - Francesca Battistelli

HOLY SPIRIT HOLY SPIRIT - Francesca Battistelli

Kings out of Fools Kings out of Fools - Francesca Battistelli

When the Crazy Kicks In When the Crazy Kicks In - Francesca Battistelli

He Knows My Name He Knows My Name - Francesca Battistelli

Write Your Story Write Your Story - Francesca Battistelli

There's No Other Name There's No Other Name - Bethel Music - Francesca Battistelli

Christmas Valentine Christmas Valentine - Francesca Battistelli

Carolin' Carolin' - Francesca Battistelli

Uncertain Uncertain - Francesca Battistelli

Symphony Symphony - Francesca Battistelli

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Francesca Battistelli

I Am Home I Am Home - Francesca Battistelli

December 25 December 25 - Francesca Battistelli

Like a Sparrow Like a Sparrow - Francesca Battistelli

Constant Constant - Francesca Battistelli

Snowy Day Snowy Day - Francesca Battistelli

Tonight Tonight - Francesca Battistelli

Beautiful, Beautiful Beautiful, Beautiful - Francesca Battistelli

Beautiful Beautiful - Francesca Battistelli

Lead Me To The Cross Lead Me To The Cross - Francesca Battistelli

Behold Him Behold Him - Francesca Battistelli

Joy To The World Joy To The World - Francesca Battistelli

You're Here You're Here - Francesca Battistelli

Forever Love Forever Love - Francesca Battistelli

Keeping Me Guessing Keeping Me Guessing - Francesca Battistelli

In Your Eyes In Your Eyes - Francesca Battistelli

Find Rest Find Rest - Francesca Battistelli

Time In Between Time In Between - Francesca Battistelli

Psalm 63 Psalm 63 - Francesca Battistelli

So Long So Long - Francesca Battistelli

Keeping Score Keeping Score - Francesca Battistelli

Heaven Everywhere Heaven Everywhere - Francesca Battistelli

Strangely Dim Strangely Dim - Francesca Battistelli

This Is The Stuff This Is The Stuff - Francesca Battistelli

You Belong You Belong - Francesca Battistelli

Hold Out for Love Hold Out for Love - Francesca Battistelli

The Breakup Song The Breakup Song - Francesca Battistelli

Don't Miss It Don't Miss It - Francesca Battistelli

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Francesca Battistelli

This Could Change Everything This Could Change Everything - Francesca Battistelli

Trampoline Trampoline - Francesca Battistelli

Christmas Is Christmas Is - Francesca Battistelli

Unusual Unusual - Francesca Battistelli

Lavish Lavish - Francesca Battistelli

I'm Here I'm Here - Francesca Battistelli

December We'll Remember December We'll Remember - Francesca Battistelli

I'm Letting Go I'm Letting Go - Francesca Battistelli

My Paper Heart My Paper Heart - Francesca Battistelli

God is Good God is Good - Francesca Battistelli

We Are the Kingdom We Are the Kingdom - Francesca Battistelli

The Christmas Song The Christmas Song - Francesca Battistelli

The Way You Smile The Way You Smile - Francesca Battistelli

Good To Know Good To Know - Francesca Battistelli

Future Future - Francesca Battistelli

Acquainted Acquainted - Francesca Battistelli

Give Me Wings Give Me Wings - Francesca Battistelli

Marshmallow World Marshmallow World - Francesca Battistelli

Sleigh Ride Sleigh Ride - Francesca Battistelli

As Good As It Gets As Good As It Gets - Francesca Battistelli

White Christmas White Christmas - Francesca Battistelli

Angel By Your Side Angel By Your Side - Francesca Battistelli

He Knows Your Name He Knows Your Name - Francesca Battistelli

Motion Of Mercy Motion Of Mercy - Francesca Battistelli

What Child Is This? What Child Is This? - Francesca Battistelli

Silent Night Silent Night - Francesca Battistelli

Defender Defender - Francesca Battistelli

You Never Are You Never Are - Francesca Battistelli

Stangely Dim Stangely Dim - Francesca Battistelli

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Francesca Battistelli

The Very Best The Very Best - Francesca Battistelli

This Christmas This Christmas - Francesca Battistelli

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Francesca Battistelli

Just a Breath Just a Breath - Francesca Battistelli

Go, Tell It On the Mountain Go, Tell It On the Mountain - Francesca Battistelli

Someday Soon Someday Soon - Francesca Battistelli

Royalty Royalty - Francesca Battistelli

Cover Some Ground Cover Some Ground - Francesca Battistelli

Middle of A Miracle Middle of A Miracle - Francesca Battistelli

Choose To Love Choose To Love - Francesca Battistelli

Run to Jesus Run to Jesus - Francesca Battistelli

Hands of God Hands of God - Francesca Battistelli

Be Born In Me Be Born In Me - Francesca Battistelli

Just The Same Just The Same - Francesca Battistelli

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Francesca Battistelli

Ivan's Song Ivan's Song - Francesca Battistelli

Emily (It's Love) Emily (It's Love) - Francesca Battistelli

What Child Is This? (First Noël Prelude) What Child Is This? (First Noël Prelude) - Francesca Battistelli

Oh, Son Of God Oh, Son Of God - Francesca Battistelli

Marshmallow World (Remastered) Marshmallow World (Remastered) - Francesca Battistelli

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Albums & Songs

  • Silent Night
  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Behold Him
  • Snowy Day
  • Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • December We'll Remember
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • Christmas Valentine
  • This Christmas
  • Carolin'
  • Marshmallow World (Remastered)
  • Messiah
  • Messiah (Orchestral)
  • Defender (Performance Track)
  • Defender (Instrumental)
  • Defender (Low Key Performance Track Without Background Vocals)
  • Defender (High Key Performance Track Without Background Vocals)
  • The Breakup Song
  • The Very Best
  • Love Somebody
  • Royalty
  • This Could Change Everything
  • You Belong
  • As Good as It Gets
  • Let the Light In
  • Defender (feat. Steffany Gretzinger)
  • Freedom
  • I'm Letting Go
  • Free to Be Me
  • It's Your Life
  • Beautiful, Beautiful
  • You're Here
  • This Is the Stuff
  • Angel by Your Side
  • Strangely Dim
  • Write Your Story
  • He Knows My Name
  • Holy Spirit
  • If We're Honest
  • Giants Fall
  • There's No Other Name
  • Messiah
  • White Christmas (feat. Francesca Battistelli)
  • White Christmas (feat. Francesca Battistelli)
  • White Christmas (feat. Francesca Battistelli)
  • White Christmas (feat. Francesca Battistelli)
  • White Christmas (feat. Francesca Battistelli)
  • Holy Spirit
  • Holy Spirit
  • Holy Spirit
  • Holy Spirit
  • Holy Spirit
  • He Knows My Name
  • He Knows My Name
  • He Knows My Name
  • He Knows My Name
  • He Knows My Name
  • Write Your Story
  • Write Your Story
  • Write Your Story
  • Write Your Story
  • Write Your Story
  • If We're Honest
  • If We're Honest
  • If We're Honest
  • If We're Honest
  • If We're Honest
  • Giants Fall
  • Giants Fall
  • Giants Fall
  • Giants Fall
  • Giants Fall
  • Find Rest
  • Find Rest
  • Find Rest
  • Find Rest
  • Find Rest
  • Run To Jesus
  • Run To Jesus
  • Run To Jesus
  • Run To Jesus
  • Run To Jesus
  • We Are the Kingdom
  • We Are the Kingdom
  • We Are the Kingdom
  • We Are the Kingdom
  • We Are the Kingdom
  • When the Crazy Kicks In
  • When the Crazy Kicks In
  • When the Crazy Kicks In
  • When the Crazy Kicks In
  • When the Crazy Kicks In
  • Write Your Story
  • When the Crazy Kicks In
  • He Knows My Name
  • Unusual
  • Choose To Love
  • Run To Jesus
  • Find Rest
  • If We're Honest
  • Giants Fall
  • Hands of God (feat. Matt Hammitt)
  • We Are the Kingdom
  • Holy Spirit
  • Keeping Score
  • I Am Home
  • Tonight (feat. All Sons & Daughters)
  • Giants Fall
  • Write Your Story
  • When the Crazy Kicks In
  • He Knows My Name
  • Unusual
  • Choose to Love
  • Run to Jesus
  • Find Rest
  • If We're Honest
  • Giants Fall
  • Hands of God (feat. Matt Hammitt)
  • We Are the Kingdom
  • Holy Spirit
  • Giants Fall
  • The Christmas Song
  • Heaven Everywhere
  • Christmas Is
  • What Child Is This? (First Noel Prelude)
  • Marshmallow World
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • You're Here
  • December 25
  • Christmas Dreams
  • Go, Tell It on the Mountain
  • Joy to the World
  • Strangely Dim
  • Strangely Dim
  • Strangely Dim
  • Strangely Dim
  • Strangely Dim
  • Strangely Dim
  • This Is the Stuff
  • Constant
  • You Never Are
  • Angel By Your Side
  • Motion of Mercy
  • Emily (It's Love) [feat. Dave Barnes]
  • Good To Know
  • So Long
  • Don't Miss It
  • Worth It
  • Hundred More Years
  • Hold Out for Love
  • Something More
  • Trampoline
  • In Your Eyes
  • This Is the Stuff
  • Angel By Your Side
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • What Child Is This? (First Noel Prelude)
  • What Child Is This? (First Noel Prelude)
  • What Child Is This? (First Noel Prelude)
  • What Child Is This? (First Noel Prelude)
  • What Child Is This? (First Noel Prelude)
  • Heaven Everywhere
  • Heaven Everywhere
  • Heaven Everywhere
  • Heaven Everywhere
  • Heaven Everywhere
  • Joy To the World
  • Joy To the World
  • Joy To the World
  • Joy To the World
  • Joy To the World
  • Marshmallow World
  • Marshmallow World
  • Marshmallow World
  • Marshmallow World
  • Marshmallow World
  • Go, Tell It On the Mountain
  • Go, Tell It On the Mountain
  • Go, Tell It On the Mountain
  • Go, Tell It On the Mountain
  • Go, Tell It On the Mountain
  • Christmas Is
  • Christmas Is
  • Christmas Is
  • Christmas Is
  • Christmas Is
  • Christmas Dreams
  • Christmas Dreams
  • Christmas Dreams
  • Christmas Dreams
  • The Christmas Song
  • The Christmas Song
  • The Christmas Song
  • The Christmas Song
  • The Christmas Song
  • December 25
  • December 25
  • December 25
  • December 25
  • December 25
  • Middle of a Miracle
  • Middle of a Miracle
  • Middle of a Miracle
  • Middle of a Miracle
  • Middle of a Miracle
  • The Christmas Song
  • Heaven Everywhere
  • Christmas Is
  • What Child Is This?
  • Marshmallow World
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • You're Here
  • Joy To the World
  • Christmas Dreams
  • Go, Tell It On the Mountain
  • December 25
  • Heaven Everywhere
  • This Is the Stuff
  • Constant
  • You Never Are
  • Angel By Your Side
  • Motion of Mercy
  • Emily (It's Love) [feat. Dave Barnes]
  • Good To Know
  • So Long
  • Don't Miss It
  • Worth It
  • Hundred More Years
  • Motion of Mercy
  • Motion of Mercy
  • Motion of Mercy
  • Motion of Mercy
  • Motion of Mercy
  • You Never Are
  • You Never Are
  • You Never Are
  • You Never Are
  • You Never Are
  • This Is the Stuff
  • This Is the Stuff
  • This Is the Stuff
  • This Is the Stuff
  • This Is the Stuff
  • Hundred More Years
  • Hundred More Years
  • Hundred More Years
  • Hundred More Years
  • Good To Know
  • Good To Know
  • Good To Know
  • Good To Know
  • Good To Know
  • Don't Miss It
  • Don't Miss It
  • Don't Miss It
  • Don't Miss It
  • Don't Miss It
  • Free To Be Me
  • I'm Letting Go
  • Beautiful, Beautiful
  • It's Your Life
  • Free To Be Me
  • Beautiful, Beautiful
  • Lead Me to the Cross
  • Lead Me to the Cross
  • Lead Me to the Cross
  • Lead Me to the Cross
  • Lead Me to the Cross
  • You're Here
  • You're Here
  • You're Here
  • You're Here
  • You're Here
  • Time In Between
  • Time In Between
  • Time In Between
  • Time In Between
  • Time In Between
  • Forever Love
  • Forever Love
  • Forever Love
  • Forever Love
  • Forever Love
  • Free To Be Me
  • Free To Be Me
  • Free To Be Me
  • Free To Be Me
  • Free To Be Me
  • Beautiful, Beautiful
  • Beautiful, Beautiful
  • Beautiful, Beautiful
  • Beautiful, Beautiful
  • Beautiful, Beautiful
  • I'm Letting Go
  • I'm Letting Go
  • I'm Letting Go
  • I'm Letting Go
  • I'm Letting Go
  • Free to Be Me
  • I'm Letting Go
  • Unpredictable
  • My Paper Heart
  • Beautiful, Beautiful
  • Blue Sky
  • Forever Love
  • Someday Soon
  • Behind the Scenes
  • It's Your Life
  • Time in Between
  • Keeping Me Guessing