Battistelli has said that when she first began writing music, "I really longed to bring something authentic to the [Christian music] scene that even non-Christians could listen to."
Francesca Battistelli was born in New York City. She grew up in a musical family with both of her parents involved in musical theatre. She says she knew she was going to spend her life performing after seeing a performance of the musical The Secret Garden on Broadway at the age of six.
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As an independent artist in 2004, Battistelli released her debut album, Just a Breath. In early 2008, she released the I'm Letting Go EP exclusively through iTunes on Fervent Records which contains four songs, including the title track. All four songs were included on her first major label studio album, My Paper Heart, which was released on July 22, 2008. The album was produced by Dove Award-winning producer Ian Eskelin, and was published through Word Distribution.