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WITH FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI
THE WRITER’S ROOM
We asked… she answered…
CCM: How does it feel to be nominated for songwriter of the
FB: It’s a huge honor. I am beyond thrilled.
CCM: Tell us a little about your songwriting process.
FB:The songwriting process doesn’t ever look exactly the
same way twice. Sometimes I’ll have a musical hook or a
title and go from there. Other times the music and lyrics
seem to come at the same time.
CCM: Do you ever feel like a song is done? Or is it a constant
process of re-writing or re-processing?
FB: I usually leave a co-writing session with a song that is,
in essence, done. It’s not often that it takes more than a
few hours to get a song ﬁ nished. But other times it takes
a few sessions. When it comes to songs I write myself, I
have some that I started two years ago that I still haven’t
ﬁ nished. That just happens sometimes.
CCM: How does your faith play into your songwriting?
FB: My walk with God inﬂ uences everything I do. Even
if I’m writing a love song, it’s coming from a place of
worship--from a worldview that puts God ﬁ rst.
CCM: Who are your inﬂ uences as songwriters?
FB: Stevie Wonder, Nichole
Nordeman, John Mayer, Sara Groves,
CCM: Any advice to aspiring writers?
FB: Just keep writing. Don’t stop. You
might write really terrible songs for
a while. That’s okay. Keep at it, and try to write with other
people too. It stretches you and opens up a whole new
There’s a saying in the industry that it’s “all
about the song.”
We couldn’t agree more! The songs that have populated
the Christian market over the years are nothing if not
inspired, encouraging and borne from a place of intimacy
with Christ. In that spirit, CCM decided it was time to dig
deep into the songwriting process and share with you how
those amazing tunes come to be.
We’re thrilled to debut our writer’s room column with
none other than Songwriter of the Year Dove nominee
and Female Vocalist winner, FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI.
Her songs are catchy, poignant, fun and deep all at the
same time. With such a rare combination of spunk and
substance, we were curious how she strikes such a winning
balance time and time again.