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Christmas [edit]
by Francesca Battistelli | Genre: Other | Release Date: October 16, 2012
 

42nd Annual Dove Awards’ “Artist of the Year,” Francesca Battistelli, is set to release her first solo Christmas album, Christmas, on Fervent Records October 16. She also has songs showcased on two additional holiday albums due out the same day: Word Record’s A Very Special Christmas: Bringing Peace on Earth and A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary benefiting the Special Olympics.

Battistelli’s 11-track album, Christmas, produced by Ian Eskelin, is comprised of both classics and some newly-penned Christmas tunes. The traditional songs include: “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Marshmallow World,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “The Christmas Song,” “What Child Is This? (First Noel Prelude),” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” and “Joy To The World.” The new songs all co-written by Battistelli are: “Heaven Everywhere,” “Christmas Is,” “Christmas Dreams” and “You’re Here.”

“I am beyond excited about this Christmas album,” said Battistelli. “My producer, Ian Eskelin, did an incredible job bringing my vision for these songs to life, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear them! Christmas is my favorite time of year, and I hope that this album is one people want to listen to year after year.”

Track Listing
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01. The Christmas Song
02. Heaven Everywhere
03. Christmas Is
04. What Child Is This? (First Noel Prelude)
05. Marshmallow World
06. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
07. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
08. You’re Here
09. Joy To The World
10. Christmas Dreams
11. Go Tell It On The Mountain

Entry last edited by kduguay on 08.16.12

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A Perfect Christmas Project | Posted October 14, 2012
The ascension of Francesca Battistelli's concise yet lengthy career has been nothing short of astounding. Having become the fastest selling Christian female vocalist in five years with her 2008 release My Paper Heart (which was certified Gold this past Summer--a rarity these days) she also was crowned Artist Of The Year at the 2011 Dove Awards--one among a slew of other awards including a GRAMMY nod. 
 
Even with two albums under her belt and a handful of No. 1 hits, Francesca still had one goal she'd yet to accomplish, a goal she'd had in mind ever since she started doing music: Record a Christmas album. 
 
Now a wife and mother, her brand new holiday release, simply titled Christmas, holds a whole new meaning for the acclaimed songstress. 
 
"I am beyond excited about this Christmas album," she said. "Christmas is my favorite time of year, and I hope that this album is one people want to listen to year after year."
 
Holiday classic "The Christmas Song" begins the project on an unusually bouncy and upbeat note. The song, made notorious by Nat King Cole, is frequently covered and very little is done to change its rich, mellow vibe. Francesca breaks that tradition however by making it a lively and bouncy piece that is sure to leave a smile on your face. 
 
"Heaven Everywhere," one of the handful of original tracks on the project, speaks of the openheartedness humanity allows themselves to feel around the holidays with a childlike tinker. "Christmas Is" points out the at-times humorous routine moments Christmastime offers, ultimately reminding us that the reason we can celebrate all these moments is because Jesus was born to die for us.
 
"The First Noel" is a classic rendition of the beautiful carol, and is a breath of fresh air before diving into the spectacular big-band piece, "Marshmallow World." It's hard not to think of a large Broadway production when hearing its grand scale, and is one of the best versions of the song recorded to date. 
 
"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" is personally one of my favorite Christmas carols, and I hold everyone who records it to a high standard. Francesca more than achieves that standard however, by mixing a haunting yet peaceful melody against the backdrop of the legendary worshipful and passionate lyrics. 
 
A fun, piano-driven version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" lends itself nicely to the project, while the moving original "You're Here" sings out the thoughts that must have ran through Mary's head right after Jesus was born. 
 
Acoustic and light, "Joy To The World" sounds like a fireside carol sung with family and friends around the Christmas tree. 
 
My favorite song on the album comes in the form of the 1940s nightclub lounge-esque, "Christmas Dreams." It captures Francesca's signature diary-like writing style by beautifully capturing all of the warm feelings a family feels in the final moments leading up to Christmas morning. It's sure to strike a chord with parents and become a song that is played among the holidays for years to come.
 
The classic "Go Tell It On The Mountain" leads us to the end on an uncomplicated note, and almost sounds like a spontaneous jam session with spot on vocals and simple acoustics. A fantastic way to close to project.
 
Closing Thoughts:
I've long awaited a holiday album by Francesca Battistelli. From the moment her soulful vocals hit the airwaves, I knew if she were to ever attempt a project of the sort, she'd knock it out of the park, and she's done exactly that with Christmas. Fun, beautiful, and at times deeply moving, this is without a doubt one of the must-own Christmas projects of 2012, and one I can see going on to spawn a holiday classic in "Christmas Dreams." 
 
Do yourself a favor by picking up this nearly flawless album this holiday season. It will be one you and your family will listen to for many Christmases to come. 


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Xmas | Posted March 13, 2013
I love christmas songs, but this is one of the best christimas albums! All songs are awesome!! 
"Christmas is" is one of the best! The melody is amazing and the lyrics are everything!
Kisses from Brasil!

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Perfection | Posted January 04, 2013
 This CD is absolute pop music perfection. There is not one bad song on the album...from the originals to the classics...you will never skip a trick. Her jazzed up versions of "The Christmas Song" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" are two standouts. A positive, upbeat, uplifting CD that is even better than every Amy Grant and Nat King Cole album you play during the holidays. Fantastic. 

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