Francesca Battistelli was born May 18, 1985 in New York City to Mike and Kate Battistelli. Both of her parents were involved in musical theater, so it was no surprise when she decided, at the age of six after seeing “The Secret Garden” on Broadway, that she was going to spend her life performing.
At 15, she took the stage as a member of the Orlando, Florida all-girl pop group Bella. Performing with them gave her the chance to hone the singing and dancing skills that natural talent and extensive training had given her and it seemed as though her musical path was set. When Bella broke up, the next leg of Franny's journey began at a youth camp, where God planted the seed of Christian music. Battistelli started writing songs and released an independent album at age 19. Fervent Records signed her and released her full-length debut album in 2008.
Married to Newsong member Matthew Godwin on August 27, 2009, Francesca became a mom on September 22, 2010 when their son Matthew Elijah was born. On July 3, 2012, the Godwin family increased again when their daughter, Audrey Jane Goodwin, was born.
Sales of her debut album have exceeded 500,000 with digital sales of over 775,000 tracks. It was certified Gold by RIAA on July 13, 2012 and was the first debut album from a CCM artist in nearly a decade to receive that honor.
10 time Dove Award nominated artist and 5 time Dove Award Winning artist – Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year, Short Form Music Video – "Free To Be Me"
2010 Grammy Nominated (Best Gospel Performance, "Free To Be Me")
TV/Film Placement on six major TV networks and one major movie