February 25, 2014
Album Title: If We’re Honest
Label: Fervent Records
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Recording Studio: The Holiday Ian, Nashville, Tennessee
Producers: Ian Eskelin
Number of Songs: TBD
Prep Pressure: I honestly felt less pressure writing and recording this album than any other so far. I was in such a good place; I had just moved back to Nashville and had the whole summer to write. I really tried to soak in the process and enjoy it. –Francesca Battistelli
Song Selective: Our only litmus test for picking songs was gut reaction. In each song meeting for this record, Ian (my producer), Matt (my husband and manager), Josh (my A&R) and I would sit in a room and listen to everything we had at that point, pick four or five songs, track those and then keep writing to try to fill in holes. It was a pretty easy process. –F.B.
Simply . . . More: If We’re Honest has more energy, more joy, more life. It's a good mix of my first two albums. I'm incredibly proud and excited to share it! –F.B.
Mood Music: Ian has the most random snacks at his place. Salt and vinegar Pringles, almonds…while recording one record, I ate my weight in Riesens! I always drink a ton of water, and love that the vocal booth has a dimmer switch so I can keep the lights low while I sing. –F.B.
For more information, visit francescabattistelli.com.
A gifted singer/songwriter, Andrew Greer has been a regular contributor to CCM Magazine for several years.