FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI’S CHRISTMAS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW EXCLUSIVELY AT WWW.FRANCESCAMUSIC.COM

Grammy-nominated Fervent Records’ artist, Francesca Battistelli, is getting into the Christmas spirit early with the October 16 release of Christmas. Fans can pre-order the instant classic today exclusively at www.francescamusic.com. In addition to her own Christmas album, Battistelli is also the only artist featured on both Special Olympics benefit albums due out October 16: A Very Special Christmas, Bringing Peace on Earth and A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary, Bringing Joy to the World.

Produced by Ian Eskelin, the 11-track album, Christmas, features both classic Christmas songs and several originals all co-written by Battistelli. The album is now available for pre-order exclusively at www.francescamusic.com. Fans can choose from two packages: The Merry Little Christmas Package and The Christmas Dreams Package. The Merry Little Christmas Package includes an autographed Christmas CD, a digital download of the music, an instant MP3 download of “Christmas Is,” and a festive pewter ornament. The Christmas Dreams Package includes everything in The Merry Little Christmas Package plus an instant MP3 download of “Marshmallow World,” a PDF of Francesca’s recipe for homemade marshmallows, a coffee tumbler and a red and white rugby scarf. Christmas is available at all retailers on October 16.

A Very Special Christmas recording series benefiting the Special Olympics is celebrating its 25th year with the release of two versions: Word Record’s A Very Special Christmas, Bringing Peace on Earth and A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary, Bringing Joy to the World. On A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary, Bringing Joy to the World, Battistelli’s new track, “December 25,” is featured along with Christmas songs from superstars Christina Aguilera, Michael Bublé, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, One Republic and Train. On Word Record’s release, A Very Special Christmas: Bringing Peace on Earth, her version of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is featured along with songs from Point of Grace, NEEDTOBREATHE, Natalie Grant, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, for KING & COUNTRY, Chris August and Sidewalk Prophets among others. The A Very Special Christmas album series is the single most successful benefit recording series in musical history generating more than $100 million in royalties to aid Special Olympics.

Last month, Battistelli kicked off her first headlining tour, the “Hundred More Years Tour,” featuring Sidewalk Prophets and special guests Andy Cherry and City Harbor. For more information please visit: www.francescamusic.com.

Upcoming “Hundred More Years Tour” Dates:

October 4 – Thomasville, AL – Pineview Baptist Church
October 6 – Brookhaven, MS – Old Brook Festival
October 7 – Ardmore, OK – Heritage Hall
October 11 – Birmingham, AL – Mountaintop Community Church
October 12 – North Augusta, GA – First Baptist Church
October 13 – Brunswick, GA – Exchange Club of Brunswick Fairgrounds
October 14 – North Port, FL – South Biscayne Church
October 18 – Lansing, MI – Great Lakes Christian College
October 19 – Brighton, MI – Brighton Nazarene Church
October 20 – La Harpe, IL – La Harpe Community School
October 22 – Marshall, TX – Baker Auditorium
October 23 – Waco, TX – Columbus Avenue Baptist Church
October 25 – Warsaw, IN – Performance Art Center
October 26 – Bourbonnais, IL – Olivet Nazarene University
October 27 – North Platte, NE – North Platte Community Playhouse

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a Grammy nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards including 2011 “Artist of the Year” and 19 Dove Award nominations. Both her debut album, My Paper Heart, and her 2011 sophomore release, Hundred More Years, reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Album chart. With over 700,000 in album sales to date, she is the best-selling new artist in the genre in the past eight years. Her music has also been featured on TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, and several other television and movie outlets.

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