GRAMMY® award-winning Curb | Word Entertainment singer-songwriter and recording artist Francesca Battistelli announces her sophomore Christmas project, This Christmas, unveiling the record's whimsical, hand-sewn and knitted artwork and official track listing for the first time today. The brand-new 14-track collection, comprised of both originals and Christmas classics, is set to arrive on Oct. 23, 2020. Fans can pre-order/pre-save/pre-add the album beginning today, Oct. 2, 2020, HERE.
This Christmas serves as the much-anticipated sequel to Battistelli's first Christmas album, Christmas, which released in 2012 to critical acclaim and included the hit song "You're Here" and a fresh spin on the classic, "Marshmallow World."
Anchored by a track list that emphasizes the spiritual nature of the Christmas season one minute with new takes on seasonal favorites the next, Battistelli's second Christmas offering boasts an a cappella rendition of "Silent Night," an orchestral, horn-filled iteration of "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and a remastered version of "Marshmallow World." Additionally, This Christmas features the chart-topping single, "Messiah," as well as four other originals co-written by Battistelli, including the powerful new single, "Behold Him," available today. A full track listing is below.
"I am so thrilled to get to share these songs with all of you! Making this Christmas album has been an absolute labor of love. We started the process a year-and-a-half ago, and I don't think I have ever enjoyed an album process so much. Through all of the uncertainty this year, it has been a true bright spot to write and record these songs," Battistelli shares. "I know that for many people, the Christmas season can be very difficult. My prayer is that these songs offer hope, glorify Jesus, bring joy (and maybe even some laughter!), and truly bless you, now and in the years to come."
This Christmas marks Battistelli's first new music since her latest studio album, Own It, featuring the hit singles "The Breakup Song" and "Defender." Own It also includes the anthemic "This Could Change Everything," which has been featured on episodes of NBC's Songland, American Ninja Warrior and Amazon Prime's Regular Heroes.
This Christmas Track Listing:
- "Silent Night"
- "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
- "Sleigh Ride"
- "Behold Him"
- "Snowy Day"
- "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer"
- "December We'll Remember"
- "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
- "Christmas Valentine"
- "This Christmas"
- "Marshmallow World (Remastered)"
- "Messiah (Orchestral)"
About Francesca Battistelli:
GRAMMY® award-winning artist Francesca Battistelli began writing and performing original songs at age 15. A childhood immersed in art, music, dance, and theatre prepared her for a future career on the stage. Since her 2008 Gold-certified debut, My Paper Heart, Battistelli has propelled three consecutive studio projects to the top of Billboard's Christian Albums chart and notched seven No. 1 radio singles, including multi-format, 15-week chart-topper "Holy Spirit." The wife and mother of five, has appeared on Good Morning America and FOX & Friends and has seen her music placed in a variety of high-profile films and television shows. In addition to one GRAMMY® win and four career GRAMMY® nominations, Battistelli has garnered a Billboard Music Award nod, two K-LOVE Fan Awards, and six Dove Awards, including being named the Gospel Music Association's Artist of the Year. With total on-demand streams exceeding 502 million, YouTube views of more than 84.7 million, and total equivalent sales of 2.2 million, the singer/songwriter continues to be one of the strongest voices in Christian music. Her latest album, Own It-featuring the hit singles "The Breakup Song," "Defender" and "This Could Change Everything"-is available now. Her sophomore Christmas album, This Christmas, arrives Oct. 23, 2020.