Throughout history, honesty has been one
of the most valued, desired, manipulated,
exploited and, at times, diluted elements of
Children learn to tell the truth, often after
human instinct has led them to hide that
broken vase or the fact they just hit their
Scripture extols the virtues of
honesty, while vividly painting the tragic
consequences of its absence.
Modern culture encourages us to let our
“true self” shine, while lauding air-brushed
images and discarding or concealing those individuals whose truths make us
Francesca Battistelli is decidedly counter-cultural.
Turning on the lights, pulling back
the curtains, she is unabashedly in pursuit of
honesty and passionately committed to help
a darkened world not only seek truth, but
live in it.
“I think the world is hungry for truth,
whether they want to believe it or not,”
With honesty her clarion call, the 2011
GMA Artist of the Year approached her
latest album with steady feet upon the firm foundation of divine inspiration.
“If We’re Honest
had to be the title,” she
says. “You write the songs you need to hear.
This was about being transparent and going
For her journey she brought along a fresh
spirit of creativity and a very well-stocked
diaper bag. Now a mother of two, Francesca’s
brave new world revolves not only around her
music, but her family, as well—both of which
inspire the other. From beginning to end, the album is a diary of every busy, stressed,
delighted, joyful, yet very real mom.
“My son is three, and my daughter is one
and a half,” she shares. “They play really well
together, but the jump from one to two was
dramatic! It’s amazing but definitely harder.”
Francesca playfully and sincerely weaves
her tales of parenting adventures and
misadventures throughout the record.
“Before the Crazy Kicks In” is a charming
play-by-play of the chaos that is toddler-rearing, leaving absolutely no room for doubt
that Francesca is a lot like the rest of us.
“I’ll walk off the stage and change a
diaper,” she says with a laugh. “We’re just
thankful we get to travel together as a family.
We don’t know how long we’ll be able to tour
with all of us. We think about homeschooling
and making plans for the future, but we’re
open to what God has for us.”
That willingness inspired the hooky chorus
of the project’s first single, “Write Your Story.”
“Jeremiah 29:11 has been my verse for a
while now,” she says. “The idea is that God is
the one who we want holding the pen of our
lives. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves
to come up with a plan
and go make it happen.
God wants us involved
and to steward, but
He really just wants
our willingness and
availability. That’s how
I’ve tried to live my life.”
By any standard,
Francesca has been
diligent in her quest to
live life wide open to the
direction of her Savior.
Likewise, her penchant
to be vulnerable and
apply just the right
amount of restraint
through her songs has allowed all of us to see
a bit of ourselves inside her honest, charming
lyrics and hooky, singable, beautiful melodies
Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that the
title track of the album emerged over a
conversation with good friends.
“I was going through some stuff with
different relationships and was saying how
I wish they would just be honest with me,”
“There’s this lie in the church that’s keeping
us isolated and telling us we’re alone. We
hear that if you have a problem, you keep it to yourself or people will reject you. So we
keep our secrets and struggles and sins to
ourselves and live in these little islands and
not have any real relationships. God wants us
to live in community together.“
Taking her own words to heart, Francesca
and her family are building their own
community, and doing so in a way that they
can build and maintain real relationships over
time. Recently, they relocated to Nashville
“We left two sets of grandparents in Atlanta;
but now that we’re in Nashville, the record-making
process has become so refreshing,”
she says. “I could wake up, feed the kids, go
write and come back
home. I felt like I had a
handle on it for the first
time as a mom.”
It’s a handle she has
received from God and
wielded with grace.
It’s also one she’s
willing to relinquish if
that’s the Lord’s leading.
But for now, she is firmly
planted in the garden of
ever more day-by-day as
a mother, a wife and a
woman of God.
“Ideally, I’d love to be
making music as long as possible,” she says.
“But for now, knowing that our family can be
together literally every moment of every day
is such a blessing.”
Whether it’s her own headlining tour,
part of an all-star ensemble, as on the
Son of God
tour, or as a mom making
breakfast, Francesca is honestly living a life
of beautiful imperfection, dangerous-but-precious
vulnerability and arms-wide-open
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