This week’s featured Spotlight artist is no stranger to music as she comes from a musical family.  Although she grew up wanting to perform on Broadway, God had other plans for her voice.

After years spending time at dance classes and musical theater training, Francesca Battastelli  joined a mainstream pop all-girl group in Orlando, Florida when she was 15-years-old. The group toured the country, even playing at Hard Rock Live and the House of Blues.

After going to youth group she left the group desiring to go in a new direction. About the youth group she says. “It was there where the Lord really captured my heart for Christian music. I started playing guitar and really longed to bring something authentic to the scene that even non-Christians could listen to.

She released her debut album as a solo artist in 2004 and in 2008  her first major label studio album, My Paper Heart, was released. 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 (contemporary hits radio) charts by May, and in early July,  No. 10 on Christian CHR charts.

She toured the next few years with artists such as TobyMac, Newsong, Hawk Nelson and Brandon Heath, doing  a couple of Winter Jams and released more studio hits.

In April 2014, Battistelli’s third studio album was released, and was titled If We’re Honest which got her one of numerous GMA Dove Award nominations for Contemporary/Pop Album of the year.

The same album includes her hits Giants Fall and this one, another favorite…

When describing the song,  you can tell it’s a special one for her.

It’s so easy for us to sort of be defined by what we do or by what the world tells us. For me, it’s an incredible encouragement every time I get to sing this song. Just to be reminded that the God of the universe has my name written on the palm of His hand…

It’s not about what success looks like in the eyes of anyone else but Him … He loves you because you are His child and that’s it – [there’s] nothing you can do to earn that love.

In 2016, she won her first Grammy Award for her powerful  rendition of the worship song,  Holy Spirit.

She’s definitely come a long way since being 6 years old and dreaming of Broadway.  God opened her heart to share her voice in a way that she never could have had she followed her original dream.   Her voice is an amazing gift and after songs like the next one, I’d venture to say it’s also angelic.

Here’s one more, because this will just melt your heart and smile…

Have a beautiful and blessed Sunday all.

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