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  • Apr 23 2015

     
    Charlotte, N.C.
     
    So, I promised you all these fantastic photos of me with the other artists at Winter Jam.  And guess what?  I DIDN'T GET ANY.  Except for the extremely flattering picture above of me dancing onstage with Family Force 5 on the last night with about 75 other people from the tour. So there's that... :)
     
    Here are some other recent shots that I thought you might like to see.  Enjoy! 
     
    We took the kids to see the ducks at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis on their last day of the tour.  
     
    These are my band guys.  They love scooters.  And coffee.  And they are cool.
     
    Here they are again.  We apparently only wear the color black.
     
    Here are my kiddos in their For King and Country gear.  "Give me your best cool faces, guys." ;)
     
    Rehearsals for the Bible Tour (which launched last week) started a few days after Winter Jam ended.
     
    On Easter Sunday, I had the honor of playing the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with Steven Curtis Chapman, Jason Crabb, Charles Esten, The Fairfield Four, The Mcrary Sisters, and Colony House.  It was an incredible night!
     
    It was so special to have some of my best girls there!  Jodi, Jaime, and Lindsay, I love y'all so much! 
     
    I can't believe the tour is over.  It was an incredible 3 months.  Winter Jam is truly one of the best tours in the world, and I'm so thankful I've had the chance to be a part of it three different times.  The ministry that goes on each night and the stories that we hear are incredible.  God moved in a mighty way all across the country, and its an honor to have been a small part of that. 
     
    With WJ ending and Bible Tour starting immediately (and having one of the busiest routing schedules ever), I've been really slow on getting you posts.  Add to that real life, motherhood, and Blogger issues, and it's been rough.  Thanks for sticking with me as I get in the swing of things, and please keep reading!  Love you guys!  
     
    Francesca
  • Apr 08 2015

    Current Single, "Holy Spirit" Most Added AC Song Two Weeks In a Row!

    Francesca joins powerful lineup for The Bible Tour 2015, launching April 8

     

    Industry and fan favorite, Fervent Records artist Francesca Battistelli received a nomination for Billboard's Top Christian Song for, "He Knows My Name," which spent 14 weeks at No. 1 across multiple formats. This is the two-time RIAA Gold Certified artist's first Billboard nomination, adding to her lengthy list of accolades, which includes three GRAMMY nominations, multiple Dove Awards and career sales exceeding 1.4 million units.

    "He Knows My Name" is the the follow up to her multi-week No. 1 single "Write Your Story" from her third studio release, If We're Honest, that has now sold over 145,000 units. Francesca partnered with Mercy Ministries to create a long-form music video for the song, highlighting the work of the ministry which exists to help young women struggling with addiction, eating disorders, unplanned pregnancies or any other number of challenges, find healing and hope. That video has now garnered over a million views on YouTube.

    This nomination comes on the heels of Francesca wrapping another successful run on Winter Jam, consistently named one of the most well-attended tours in the world. Today, she joins Steven Curtis Chapman, Brandon Heath and Danny Gokey for the launch of The Bible Tour 2015, of which the first six shows have already sold out.

    Her current single, "Holy Spirit" is already Top 20 at National Christian Audience in its second week since add date, and the most added AC song two weeks in a row with over 60 stations on and counting, including several notable Top 50 markets.

    The Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17, from 8-11 p.m. ET on ABC. Full list of nominees can be seen here.

  • Mar 27 2015
    North Little Rock, AR.
     
    My mom is an amazing woman.  She studies the Word of God like no one else I know.  She exhorts and encourages thousands of women through her say-it-like-it-is brand of writing.  She also homeschooled me throughout most of my growing up years and was into organic before it was cool.  If I can be half the mom she was to me growing up, I'll be doing good. 
     
    I have the fondest memories of gardening with her when I was young.  We lived in New Jersey until I was 7, and we had two raised beds in our large, flat backyard.  We grew everything.  Beans, radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, strawberries, squash, flowers--it was basically heaven for a little girl who was obsessed with The Secret Garden.  The smell of cold dirt still makes me feel more alive than almost anything.
     
    I've been dreaming of having my own garden since I moved out on my own to Nashville years ago, and this is the year I'm going to start!  There is nothing like eating food that you grew, nurtured and harvested yourself.  I truly believe it's what we were created to do--to care for the earth and (quite literally) eat the fruit of our labor.  Now, I haven't gardened in decades, and I can't seem to keep my houseplants alive, but I'm hoping that it's due to the fact that I don't get around to watering them enough when I'm on tour.  At least with a veggie garden I don't have to be the one to make it rain! :)
     

    Here is what I'll be planting:

     
    - pickling cucumbers
    - cherry tomatoes
    - golden beets
    - chioggia beets (pictured above...aren't they pretty?)
    - purple carrots
    - atomic red carrots (pictured below) 
    - celery
    - kale
    - two types of lettuce
    - red and yellow onions
    - strawberries
    - watermelon
    - basil
    - cilantro
    - Italian parsley
    - wild thyme
    - catnip for our kitty with no name

    - and lots and lots of flowers that attract bees and butterflies!

    We're even planting a bit of cotton, so I can show my little ones where their clothes come from.  I think it's important to instill in our children a good understanding and appreciation for where things come from.  The earlier we start this the better.  I know that using our hands and our sweat and our time to grow food that we could have just bought at the grocery store will give them valuable lessons that no book could ever teach.  I can't wait to get started.
     

    Love,
    Francesca
     
    P.S. All of the seeds I'm buying are from Baker Creek Rare Seeds.  They aren't sponsoring this post, I just have heard great things, and I'm excited  to try them!  Their rare, heirloom seeds haven't been contaminated by Big Brother, and that is something I am happy happy happy to pay for.  Check them out here.
     
    P.P.S. Aren't those Mother of Pearl Poppies above just gorgeous?  I can't wait to plant some!

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