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April 23, 2014

Francesca Battistelli Releases Her Brand New Album, If We’re Honest, Today !!!

 

Christian music darling, bestselling artist and all-round rock star, Francesca Battistelli, releases her new album in 2 years today.  You can get the new album entitled, “If We’re Honest” on iTunes, amazon and everywhere fine music is sold.

 

Her first two albums hit #1 on Billboard’s Christian albums list and garnered her a GRAMMY nomination and the Dove Award’s “Artist of the Year” honors in 2011. She is the only female in 20 years to win the title (Amy Grant was prior in 1992).  In February she performed the album’s lead single “Write Your Story” (currently #3 at NCA) on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She’ll perform it again on “Fox & Friends” this Friday. Also, this past week iTunes selected her for their “First Play” streaming the album in its entirety until street date.

 

 

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April 23, 2014

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI EARNS GOLD CERTIFICATION FOR FREE TO BE ME ALBUM

Third Studio Album, If We’re Honest, Available Everywhere Tomorrow

 

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Photo ID: Francesca Battistelli, husband and drummer Matt Goodwin, producer Ian Eskelin, Rod Riley (President & CEO, Word Entertainment), Josh Bailey (Sr. VP of A&R, Word Entertainment), Kellyn Bailey (Brand Manager, Word Entertainment) and Word Entertainment staff celebrating the Gold certification on April 18 at Word’s Music Row offices.

Nashville, TN – (April 21, 2014) – Christian Music’s best-selling new artist in 10 years, Francesca Battistelli, earned Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for her GRAMMY® nominated single “Free To Be Me.” Word Entertainment President & CEO, Rod Riley, surprised Francesca with the Gold record at a private Nashville album launch event on Thursday. “Free To Be Me” is the second single off her debut album, My Paper Heart, and spent ten consecutive weeks at No. 1 on CHR and two consecutive weeks at No. 1 on AC Monitored in 2009. In 2012, Francesca received a Gold record for My Paper Heart marking the first debut album from a CCM artist in nearly a decade to receive RIAA-certified Gold status for sales in excess of 500,000 units. Casting Crowns’ 2003 release was the last CCM debut album to receive RIAA Gold certification. Tomorrow, Francesca’s third studio album, If We’re Honest, is set to release worldwide. It is currently being streamed in its entirety as an iTunes Radio First Play at http://smarturl.it/fbfirstplay and is available for pre-order on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/ifwerehonest.

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a GRAMMY® nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards and 22 Dove Award nominations. Both her debut album, My Paper Heart (certified Gold in 2012), and her 2011 sophomore release, Hundred More Years, took the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Album chart. With over 995,000 in album sales to date and over 1.9 million single downloads, she is the best-selling new artist in the genre in the past decade. Her music has also been featured on TriStar Picture’s “Soul Surfer,” Columbia Picture’s “Julie and Julia,” TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and several other television and movie outlets. In addition, this past fall she was featured on over three million Diet Pepsi Cans throughout the U.S.

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For more information please visit, www.francescamusic.com /  facebook.com/francescabattistelli / Follow:@francescamusic

 

April 23, 2014

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI NEW ALBUM IF WE’RE HONEST NOW STREAMING IN ITS ENTIRETY EXCLUSIVELY ON ITUNES RADIO

AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE ON APRIL 22

Beginning today, fans can stream GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli’s third studio album, If We’re Honest, exclusively as a First Play on iTunes Radio at http://smarturl.it/fbfirstplay. With the stream, fans will have their first and only opportunity to hear the album from Christian music’s best-selling new artist in the past 10 years in its entirety before its release on April 22. Battistelli’s two previous albums, My Paper Heart and Hundred More Years, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart and garnered her a GRAMMY® nomination and five Dove Awards including the prestigious “Artist of the Year” honors. On February 13, Battistelli made her national morning television debut performing the album’s lead single and current No. 3 hit, “Write Your Story,” on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Produced by GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer and Battistelli’s longtime collaborator Ian Eskelin, If We’re Honestreveals her most intimate and accomplished musical statement yet and showcases her trademark pop and soul-infused sound. The deluxe version of her forthcoming album is currently available for pre-order at iTunes here http://smarturl.it/ifwerehonest. It features four bonus tracks – “Holy Spirit,” “Keeping Score,” “I Am Home” and “Tonight (Feat. All Sons & Daughters)” – and instant downloads of “Write Your Story,” “When The Crazy Kicks In” and “He Knows My Name.”

 

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a GRAMMY® nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards and 22 Dove Award nominations. Both her debut album, My Paper Heart (certified gold in 2012), and her 2011 sophomore release, Hundred More Years, took the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Album chart. With over 995,000 in album sales to date and over 1.9 million single downloads, she is the best-selling new artist in the genre in the past decade. Her music has also been featured on TriStar Picture’s “Soul Surfer,” Columbia Picture’s “Julie and Julia,” TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and several other television and movie outlets. In addition, this past fall she was featured on over three million Diet Pepsi Cans throughout the U.S.

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For more information please visit, www.francescamusic.com /  facebook.com/francescabattistelli / Follow:@francescamusic

April 3, 2014

WORD ENTERTAINMENT, IN COLLABORATION WITH MARK BURNETT AND ROMA DOWNEY, LAUNCHES THE BIBLE: SON OF GOD TOUR 2014 AT RICK WARREN’S SADDLEBACK CHURCH IN SOUTHERN, CA

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Thursday night was a momentous occasion as Word Entertainment, in partnership with producer Mark Burnett and producer/actress Roma Downey and their company  LightWorkers Media, launched “The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014” at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Southern California. GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, GRAMMY®-nominated artist Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray played before a packed crowd with over 2,000 in attendance including Burnett, Downey, Warren and Word Entertainment President and CEO Rod Riley. The epic two-hour live event runs an additional 16 dates nationwide through April 13 including a sold out show in Pittsburgh on April 10.

 

“The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014” brings the epic miniseries “The Bible” and 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” to life in sight and sound with immersive video and stunning visual effects paired with live, in-person performances by GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, GRAMMY®-nominated artist Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray. These award-winning artists perform their biggest radio hits alongside the chronological telling of the story of Christ in a one-of-a-kind concert event. Tickets for all dates are on sale now at www.SonofGodTour.com.  

 

Upcoming “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014” Dates:

 

March 21       Phoenix, AZ – Vineyard Church

March 22       Albuquerque, NM – Legacy Church

March 23       Denver, CO – Denver First Church of the Nazarene

March 27       Austin, TX – Riverbend Church

March 28       Dallas, TX – Sunnyvale First Baptist Church

March 29       Tulsa, OK – Mabee Center

March 30       Kansas City, MO – Lenexa Christian Center

April 3             Columbus, OH – Grace Polaris Church

April 4             Grand Rapids, MI – Grand Rapids First

April 5             Chicago, IL – Olivet Nazarene University

April 6             Nashville, TN – Allen Arena

April 9             Pittsburgh, PA – Amplify Church (Note New Location) JUST ADDED

April 10          Pittsburgh, PA – Victory Family Church  SOLD OUT

April 11          Louisville, KY – Northside Christian Church

April 12          Lynchburg, VA – Thomas Road Baptist Church

April 13          Baltimore, MD – Hartford Community College

Downey and Burnett brought the epic 10-hour mini-series “The Bible” to television audiences on the History channel with their company LightWorkers Media. It became the top entertainment telecast of the year, received three Emmy® Award nominations and has been viewed by over 100 million people to date. On February 28, the 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” premiered to millions of people worldwide on the big screen. Word Entertainment collaborated with Burnett and Downey to release the musical companion to both “The Bible” and “Son of God.” In realizing the incredible impact of the stunning images together with the emotional powerful music, Burnett, Downey and Word Entertainment are joining forces once again to bring the epic scenes and music from “The Bible” and “Son of God” to life in sight and sound through “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014” to audiences across the nation in the month leading up to Easter.

 

For further information please visit: www.SonofGodTour.com.  

 

About LightWorkers Media

Celebrated Emmy-nominated actress and producer Roma Downey and her award winning husband producer Mark Burnett launched LightWorkers Media in 2011 with the children’s DVD and book series LITTLE ANGELS and its companion LITTLE ANGELS STORYBOOK BIBLE. LightWorkers Media produced the ten-hour hit miniseries THE BIBLE which was seen in the USA by 100 million people, was one of the fastest selling TV-to-Disc titles ever and was nominated for three Emmy awards.  Additionally they are producing the series A.D., a sequel to THE BIBLE series for NBC and they acquired Alice Hoffman’s award winning novel THE DOVEKEEPERS which they are producing as a 4 hour mini-series for CBS. In addition Roma and Mark have coauthored several books published by Faithwords. They are ambassadors for two children’s organizations Operation Smile and Compassion. LightWorkers Media is dedicated to bringing uplifting content to people of all ages.

 

About Word Entertainment

A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including About A Mile, Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace and Sidewalk Prophets and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print/Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

 

March 24, 2014

WORD ENTERTAINMENT’S TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM OF NEW BAND, ABOUT A MILE ON JULY 15

Lead Single “Satisfied” Impacting Radio Now

 

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The self-titled debut album from new Word Entertainment band, About A Mile, is set to be released July 15. The album, produced by GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning producers Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, All Star United) and Howard Benson (Hoobastank, Daughtry, Third Day), is available for pre-order today on iTunes and includes an instant grat track of their current single impacting radio now “Satisfied.” The trio, consisting of three brothers hailing from the working class town of Butler, PA, are joining Sidewalk Prophets on “The Live Like That Tour” this spring commencing on April 24 in Massapequa, New York.
About A Mile has received a warm response from radio programmers across the nation:

– “As a Music Director you can get pretty jaded and closed when dealing with new bands and artists. Then every once in a while someone blows open your expectations and reminds you why you do this. Adam, Luke and Levi [About A Mile] did that for me.” – Ben Milton, WGTS, Washington D.C.

– “I was completely blown away by the fire and passion About A Mile pours into their music and moved to tears by how raw, real and transparent they are willing to be. No doubt hearts will be moved and lives will be touched after an encounter with any one of their songs.” – Brandi Lanai, KSGN, Riverside

– “I haven’t seen this kind of passion from an artist in a while; the transparency in their stories and songs is incredible…” – Theresa Ross, WTRJ, Jacksonville

– “The guys are talented musician who have a ministry that they want to share. I love their single ‘Satisfied.’ They definitely have my attention and I’m excited to see what’s in store for them.” – Jeremy Henry, WJQK, Grand Rapids

Upcoming tour dates:

April 24 “The Live Like That Tour” – CenterPoint Church – Massapequa, NY
April 25 “The Live Like That Tour” – Rockfest 2014 – Lanexa, VA
April 26 “The Live Like That Tour” – Claremont Opera House – Claremont, NH
April 27 “The Live Like That Tour” – Changepoint Church – Poughkeepsie, NY
April 30 “The Live Like That Tour” –TBA – Port Neches, TX
May 3 “The Live Like That Tour” – The Way Fest – Valdosta, GA
May 5 “The Live Like That Tour” – Abilene Civic Center – Abilene, TX
May 6 “The Live Like That Tour” – New Life Chapel – Odessa, TX
May 7 “The Live Like That Tour” – Wayland Baptist University – Plainview, TX
May 9 “The Live Like That Tour” – Northwest Arkansas Naturals Game – Springdale, AR
May 10 “The Live Like That Tour” – TBA – Marion, IL

Debut Word Entertainment artist About A Mile, whose name originates from the belief that Jesus carried his cross “about a mile,” may be new on the charts but have already gained recognition in the Christian Rock genre. The band, comprised of brothers Adam, Luke and Levi, have a chemistry and accomplished artistry that only comes from the bond brotherhood. Their upcoming self-titled album, due out on July 15, hopes to speak to members of all faiths about the suffering then triumph of a crucified and risen Christ. About A Mile has previously opened for GRAMMY® Award nominees DecembeRadio and works with production teams including Ian Eskelin, Neal Avron and Howard Benson, whom are responsible for shaping the sounds of Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, Switchfoot, Linkin Park, Skillet and Daughtry. While not concerned with fame or fortune the band is simply focused on honoring God through their music. For further information and a complete listing of dates visit http://www.aboutamile.com/.

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March 24, 2014

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI LAUNCHES IF WE’RE HONEST PRE-ORDER AT FRANCESCAMUSIC.COM TODAY

 

GRAMMY®-Nominated Artist’s Current Single “Write Your Story” At No. 4 on NCA Chart

 

 

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GRAMMY®-nominated artist and Christian music’s best-selling new artist in the past 10 years, Francesca Battistelli, launched a pre-order today at Francescamusic.com in anticipation of the release of her forthcoming studio album, If We’re Honest, due out on April 22. Her two previous albums, debut release My Paper Heart and sophomore project Hundred More Years, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Album chart. With her most recent release in 2011, she garnered “Artist of the Year,” “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Pop/Recorded Song of the Year” at the Dove Awards. Produced by GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer and her longtime collaborator Ian Eskelin, If We’re Honest reveals her most intimate and accomplished musical statement yet and showcases her trademark pop and soul-infused sound. On February 13, Battistelli made her national morning TV debut performing the album’s lead single “Write Your Story” on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” It is the fastest rising single of 2014 on the National Christian Audience chart and currently holds the No. 4 spot. This Thursday, the Word Entertainment / LightWorkers Media (Mark Burnett and Roma Downey) partnership “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014,” in association with 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” and epic mini-series “The Bible,” launches at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Southern California with Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray.

 

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Fans of Battistelli can choose between two exclusive album-themed packages featuring the deluxe version of If We’re Honest on CD and digital download. Additionally the If We’re Honest Collector’s Edition features an art print autographed by Battistelli and new merchandise inspired by her hit single, “Write Your Story.” The album is also available for pre-order on iTunes with its first three tracks, “Write Your Story,” “When The Crazy Kicks In” and “He Knows My Name” available as instant downloads. Additionally, Family Christian is offering a pre-order with an exclusive track, “Just The Same.” Patrons that pre-order If We’re Honest from Lifeway, will instantly receive a physical version of “Write Your Story.”

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a GRAMMY® nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards including 2011 “Artist of the Year” and 22 Dove Award nominations. Both her debut album, My Paper Heart (certified gold in 2012), and her 2011 sophomore release, Hundred More Years, took the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Album chart. With over 978,000 in album sales to date and over 1.8 million single downloads, she is the best-selling new artist in the genre in the past decade. Her music has also been featured on TriStar Picture’s “Soul Surfer,” Columbia Picture’s “Julie and Julia,” TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and several other television and movie outlets. In addition, this past fall she was featured on over three million Diet Pepsi Cans throughout the U.S.

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January 23, 2014

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI SETS RELEASE DATE; REVEALS ARTWORK FOR NEW STUDIO ALBUM, IF WE’RE HONEST, OUT APRIL 22

Lead Single “Write Your Story” is Most Added at Radio This Week

 Battistelli to Appear This Spring on “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014”

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Nashville, TN – (January 6, 2014) – GRAMMY®-nominated artist and 42nd Annual Dove Awards’ “Artist of the Year” and “Female Vocalist of the Year,” Francesca Battistelli, is slated to release her third studio album, If We’re Honest, on April 22. Produced by GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer and her longtime collaborator Ian Eskelin, the album features 11 tracks all co-written by Battistelli. Contemporary Christian Music’s best-selling new artist in 10 years, Battistelli’s debut album My Paper Heart received RIAA Gold certification and a GRAMMY® nomination while her sophomore effort Hundred More Years helped garner her the 2011 Dove Awards for “Artist of the Year,” “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year.” Today, Battistelli’s brand new single “Write Your Story” received the most adds at Christian radio for the week with 73 stations supporting it. Additionally, the singer marked another career milestone off her list this past Saturday when she made her debut at the historic Grand Ole Opry performing her Grammy-nominated single “Free To Be Me” and her hit song “This Is The Stuff.”

Fans can download “Write Your Story” and pre-order If We’re Honest on January 14 at iTunes. A deluxe version featuring three additional tracks will also be available.  On February 14, LifeWay will offer a physical version of the single with the pre-buy of the physical album.

In the coming months Battistelli will be touring in support of If We’re Honest commencing with the “Hands of God Tour” with Sanctus Real on February 7 in Decatur, TX. “Hands of God” is also the title of a newly-penned track on her album co-written by and featuring Sanctus Real’s Matt Hammitt. Launching on March 20 at Saddleback in Lake Forest, CA, she’ll be featured on the Word Entertainment / LightWorkers Media (Mark Burnett and Roma Downey) partnership “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014.” Battistelli also has songs on the companion CD to the upcoming 20th Century Fox feature film and LightWorker’s Media production “Son of God,” SON OF GOD: Music Inspired by the Epic Motion Picture, and on the companion CD, The Bible: Music Inspired By The Epic Mini-Series, to the massive History channel mini-series “The Bible.” For more information and a complete listing of dates please visit: www.francescamusic.com.

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a Grammy nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards including 2011 “Artist of the Year” and 22 Dove Award nominations. Both her debut album, My Paper Heart (certified gold in 2012), and her 2011 sophomore release, Hundred More Years, took the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Album chart. With over 978,000 in album sales to date and over 1.8 million single downloads, she is the best-selling new artist in the genre in the past decade. Her music has also been featured on TriStar Picture’s “Soul Surfer,” Columbia Picture’s “Julie and Julia,” TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and several other television and movie outlets. In addition, this past fall she was featured on over three million Diet Pepsi Cans throughout the U.S.

January 23, 2014

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI DEBUTED AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY ON JANUARY 4 Battistelli to Release her Third Studio Album, If We’re Honest, on April 22

Battistelli to Release her Third Studio Album, If We’re Honest, on April 22

 

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42nd Annual Dove Awards’ “Artist of the Year” and “Female Vocalist of the Year,” Francesca Battistelli, graced the historic Grand Ole Opry stage on January 4 for the first time. A career milestone for the vocalist, she sang her Grammy-nominated song “Free To Be Me” and her hit song “This Is the Stuff.”

 Battistelli is slated to release her third studio album, If We’re Honest, on April 22. The album features her latest single, “Write Your Story,” which was the most added song at Christian radio on January 6.

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a Grammy nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards including 2011 “Artist of the Year” and 22 Dove Award nominations. Both her debut album, My Paper Heart (certified gold in 2012), and her 2011 sophomore release, Hundred More Years, took the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Album chart. With over 978,000 in album sales to date and over 1.8 million single downloads, she is the best-selling new artist in the genre in the past decade. Her music has also been featured on TriStar Picture’s “Soul Surfer,” Columbia Picture’s “Julie and Julia,” TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and several other television and movie outlets. In addition, this past fall she was featured on over three million Diet Pepsi Cans throughout the U.S. On February 7, she’ll join Sanctus Real for the “Hands of God Tour” followed by “The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014” in March/April. For more information and a complete listing of dates please visit: www.francescamusic.com.