Dove Award- and Grammy Award-winning Christian pop songstress Francesca Battistelli debuted with the self-released Just a Breath in 2004, topping Christian charts with 2008’s My Paper Heart and 2011’s Hundred More Years. By 2014, she sang her way into the mainstream, peaking just outside the Top Ten with her fourth set, If We’re Honest.
She began her music career at a young age. When she was six years old, the New York City native attended a Broadway performance of The Secret Garden and walked away with her sights set on the stage. Both of Battistelli’s parents were experienced theater performers, so her decision came as a surprise to no one.
Acting classes and dance lessons helped her form a solid work ethic, and by the age of 15, Battistelli had earned a spot in the Orlando-based teen pop group Bella. After the group disbanded, she attended a youth ministry and began shifting her focus toward Christian pop music. The future Dove Award nominee began learning how to play guitar too, which helped her write her own songs.