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My Paper Heart

By Battistelli Fran (Artist)
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Record Label   Fervent Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jul 31, 2008
Publisher   Word Entertainment
ISBN  0806656697  
EAN  0080688737825  
UPC  080688737825  

Availability  0 units.

Track Names
1.  Free To Be Me
2.  I'm Letting Go
3.  Unpredictable
4.  Beautiful Beautiful
5.  My Paper Heart
6.  Blue Sky
7.  Forever Love
8.  Someday Soon
9.  Behind The Scenes
10.  It's Your Life
11.  Time In Between

Item Description...
Multiple Dove Award nominee Francesca Battistelli is no stranger to the stage, having been raised by parents immersed in the arts and Broadway; she developed a love of music, theatre, and performance at a young age. But instead of using these talents for applause and accolades, Francesca prefers to point people much beyond herself - towards hope in Christ. Her soulful piano-pop sound resembles a blend of her music interests- jazz, rock, gospel and R&B woven beautifully together with themes of trust and risk taking.<P>

1. Free to Be Me <BR>
2. I'm Letting Go <BR>
3. Unpredictable <BR>
4. Beautiful Beautiful <BR>
5. My Paper Heart <BR>
6. Blue Sky <BR>
7. Forever Love <BR>
8. Someday Soon <BR>
9. Behind the Scenes <BR>
10. It's Your Life <BR>
11. Time in Between

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Francesca Battistelli So, what do you want to be when you grow up?

It’s a question that takes many people years and years of trial and error and self-discovery to figure out. But for singer/songwriter Francesca Battistelli, her mind was made up when she was only six years old. After seeing “The Secret Garden” on Broadway with her parents, the decision was ultimately a no-brainer. “There was just something about live theater—especially musical theater—that has always resonated with me,” Francesca says. “So I thought that was it. I was going to be Mary Lennox in ‘The Secret Garden’.”

Of course for anyone who knew her family, Francesca’s passion for life on the stage wasn’t all that surprising, given her mom and dad’s extensive theater background. In fact, they met when her dad was the assistant conductor for the national tour of “The King and I,” while her mom played Anna, the show's female lead opposite Yul Brynner.

Like any girl with dreams of grandeur, Francesca knew carving out her own path in the ultra-competitive arts world wasn’t going to be easy. But with her Broadway aspirations in the back of her mind and an insatiable work ethic, she stayed focused. Instead of signing up for the typical extracurriculars like cheerleading or sports, Francesca’s life revolved around dance classes and musical theater training.

And when Francesca was 15, she put her skills to good use in an all-girl mainstream pop group in Orlando, an experience that helped pave the way for what she does today. “We traveled all over and performed at Hard Rock Live and House of Blues a couple of times,” Francesca recalls. “It was good for what it was because it tied together two things I loved: singing and dancing.”

But when the gig eventually ended, Francesca says she was thankful for an opportunity to clear her head. “Not long after, I recharged my batteries by going to this youth ministry that I absolutely loved,” Francesca shares. “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.”

Armed with her passion for writing and hope for a hurting world, Francesca put pen to paper and crafted heartfelt, personal reflections on life and faith for what’s now her major-label debut, My Paper Heart. Inspired by everyone from the jazz greats her dad introduced her to as a kid, to contemporaries like John Mayer, Sara Bareilles and Nichole Nordeman, Francesca set out to write “soulful pop music that someone pops in the morning and says, ‘Now I can start my day, I feel encouraged.’”

One of the first tracks Francesca wrote upon moving to Nashville, her first single “I’m Letting Go,” not only highlights Francesca’s expressive vocals but her overarching desire to encourage her peers not to settle for anything less than what God has for them.

“I’d just moved to Nashville, and I was sort of letting go of everything that someone can at 22 years old,” Francesca shares. “And it’s far better and different in more ways than I could’ve expected. There’s a line in the song that says ‘I feel like I’m falling/And that’s what it’s like to believe.’ Walking in faith is like free-falling, yet that’s the best place to be. But so many of us are afraid to do that.”

On the title track, Francesca tackles another universal fear—the fragility of the human heart. “This has been the hardest, scariest, most rewarding year of my life. I have known sorrow, and I have known joy,” she shares. “God has spoken quietly the words of His heart, and He has shown me colors in the grayest hues of winter. He has sung songs over me in solitude, and He has never let go of my fragile, paper heart. He knows every corner of it—the tattered, torn, and untouched places. He knows the songs that move it, the words that pierce it, and the people He uses to change it. I am forever safe in His hands.”

And while pouring out your heart doesn’t always come easy for some, the songwriting process has been both cathartic and fun for Francesca. Describing it as “the most fun she’s ever had professionally,” Francesca’s enthusiasm can’t help but find its way into her music. In fact, whether she’s talking about the spirited, funk-laden title track or the buoyant, accept-yourself-as-you-are anthem “Free to Be Me,” Francesca bookends her commentary with “I really love this song. It’s so much fun to sing.” And that pervasive joy, along with Francesca’s adventurous musicianship and relatable songwriting make My Paper Heart an impressive debut.

But even more important to Francesca than offering up a collection of catchy songs for the masses is speaking a message of truth and purpose.

“Ultimately, I want to be an encouragement as an artist and a fellow believer,” Francesca says. “The Lord has continually called me to do things that are outside my comfort zone, whether it was accompanying myself on guitar for the first time in front of seasoned players or packing up and moving to Nashville last year knowing hardly anybody. Still, He's never left me, and He constantly shows me that it's worth it. I have parents who pray and encourage me to be bold and to take bold steps for Christ. I don’t think that’s common enough in the Christian culture. We have these big dreams, but many aren’t willing to take the steps to go after them. Yet this is the moment. We’re not promised tomorrow. So today’s the day.”

Francesca Battistelli has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Daywind Karaoke Style
  2. Daywind Soundtracks Christmas
  3. Daywind Soundtracks Contemporary
  4. Word Tracks Studio

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Over and over and over  May 23, 2010
This CD is played over and over and over on my hour drive to and from work. It always brightens my day. If you're looking for feel good music, this is it! AND the seller I got it from is amazing! I keep buying my CD's from her because her business is great. I didn't know her before, but now that I've ordered from her, she'll be getting all my business.
Energetic and Lively  Apr 12, 2010
I love this album and think its an excellent gift for Christian women of all ages. The music is exciting and moving and Francesca has a beautiful voice!
good for the price  Apr 7, 2010
The cd was in perfect condition when i received it, but the case was cracked. The cracked case really isn't a big issue to me or probably most people these days, and I am pleased with my purchase. I would deffinately recommend this cd.
One of the Bests Musicians!  Mar 18, 2010
Francesca is one of the best musicians out there! This album is one of my top 3 Christian albums. I could listen to it over and over, and especially in the car jammin to her music on a road trip. Very motivating, inspirational, encouraging, and beautiful! Love every song!
Incredible, I love it, My new ring tone  Mar 14, 2010
I may buy more copies to give as gifts. I love this CD. My ring tone, "Free to Be Me", reflects that I enjoy hearing the words and the tune. I will watch for more from this talented artist.

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