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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- toward 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.

1. Free To Be Me
2. I'm Letting Go
3. Unpredictable
4. My Paper Heart
5. Beautiful, Beautiful
6. Blue Sky
7. Forever Love
8. Someday Soon
9. Behind The Scenes
10. It's Your Life
11. Time In Between
12. Lead Me To The Cross
13. Keeping Me Guessing
14. Free To Be Me [Dented Fender Sessions]
15. I'm Letting Go [Dented Fender Sessions]
16. Beautiful, Beautiful [Dented Fender Sessions]
17. It's Your Life [Dented Fender Sessions]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Word Entertainment
  • ASIN: B0033G9OBY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Glenn A. Pettit on August 2, 2008
Format: MP3 Music
I get a little tired of hearing the Christian Britney wannabes on the radio, because so many of them have that bubble-gum pop voice that was perfected by Disney and other teen pop producers, and now it dominates the young female end of the Christian contemporary music (CCM) perspective. So it's refreshing and downright pleasant to hear a voice like Francesca Battistelli's that isn't over-dubbed, that is so natural and gutsy and heartfelt that you just want to listen over and over again. Add to that Miss Battistelli's wonderful song-writing (she wrote or co-wrote every song on the album), and you've got the makings of a true sensation.

Honestly, I got hooked when I first heard "I'm Letting Go" on AirOne a few months ago, and I searched out her web site and found out when the album was coming out. Having listened to the album several times through now, I believe that that song wasn't the strongest entry. I think "Unpredictable" is a stronger entry for the CCM scene, while "Beautiful, Beautiful" will be a long-player on the CCM top 40 once it gets released as a single. "My Paper Heart" reveals a vulnerability that is usually only simulated in the regular pop music world. "Blue Sky" has a funky soul feel to it, and it really demonstrates her vocal range and the versatility of her vocal tone. My only lament for this album is that the softer Christian stations may not pick up on Miss Battistelli because she is a bit more rock and soul than soft-rock. Her song-writing ought to get some attention, however, because she doesn't just keep repeating the same worn-out praises that litter so many CCM albums.

This album ought to be a top seller pretty soon. So why only 4 stars? With this young lady's amazing voice, I would have liked a nice stripped-down ballad that was more acoustic and less electric.

Bravo, Francesca! I pray you'll stick with the same faith and music for many years to come.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Cowan on August 19, 2008
Format: MP3 Music
I had listened to a few Christian artists in the past like Michael W. Smith, but had never really gotten into Christian until I heard Fransesca. Her vocals arent overglamourized, her music strikes a chord with me, especially her songs "forever" and "free to be me". Now Im getting into Natalie Grant, Third Day and the rest. Her CD cover has a great color scheme, she and her crew really seem to know what they are doing. I wish she had been on the scene earlier, or I had heard of her earlier, she's definitely 5 stars.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tom Carpenter VINE VOICE on March 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I had never heard of Francesca Battistelli before I saw her here on the Amazon.com best seller list (in the top 100) for Christian music. I really enjoyed this CD. I'm torn for my favorite track between I'm Letting Go and Behind the Scenes.

I'm Letting Go deals with the issue of letting go of what I thought my life would or should be and accepting the true purpose for my life. It's not about giving up on dreams, but about getting hold on the positive dreams and eternal vision that God has for us.

Behind the Scenes tells the truth of our frailty. Similar in message to Casting Crowns' song titled Stained Glass Masquerade, this song reminds everyone that everyone is liek everyone else. There are no perfect saints. Our strength to overcome comes from our unity with one another.

The other tracks are also very uplifting. I find myself looping through the entire track list. Certainly, there are a few songs that may appeal to personalities different than my own, such as the title song My Paper Heart, but even it reminds us that the ripping experiences of life can show us the way to God regardless of our personality.

Great for a debut album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 22, 2008
Format: MP3 Music
Francesca Battistelli had aspirations of being a Broadway singer and has parents in the music business. That music background and aspiration is apparent in this solid debut for singer-songwriter Francesca Battistelli. The debut single I'm Letting Go is so catchy you can't help but sing along and admire the great melody and music. The best comparison I can think of is Love Song by pop singer Sara Bareilles and her musical and singing style also reminds me of Natasha Bedingfield and Leona Lewis.

My Paper Heart is more than just the great song I'm Letting Go. In particular I really enjoy the opening track Free To Be Me a nice upbeat anthem that girls can relate to and find motivating. Another anthem is the Revolve Tour song It's Your Life which is another highlight. For me the two songs that really demonstrate Francesca's potential and great singing voice are My Paper Heart which has such a great transparency and maturity for such a young singer and my favorite overall song is Beautiful, Beautiful which really sounds like a Broadway show-stopper with these great lyrics: "Now there's a joy inside I can't contain, But even perfect days can end in rain, And though it's pouring down, I see You through the clouds, Shining on my face". I'm really impressed by this solid debut and look forward to more by Francesca Battistelli.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Margaret R. Waggoner on June 7, 2010
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I have never listened to a whole Francesca album before. I have a problem with a lot of the Christian female singers sounding like little girls and with lyrics that don't cover the heart felt music for multi generational listeners. I am older, but like all kinds of music so I took a chance on this album. Surprisingly, she has a very good mature sound and even though some of it is for teens or twenties, some of it is just awesome. What a voice! However, I don't get the unmixed versions being added to this album. None the less, it still sounds good, since her voice is good with or without all of the electronic fixing.
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