My Paper Heart (album)

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My Paper Heart
Studio album by Francesca Battistelli
Released July 22, 2008
Genre CCM, pop rock, jazz, piano pop, soul[1]
Length 38:02[2]
Label Fervent
887378
Producer Ian Eskelin[3]
Francesca Battistelli chronology
Just a Breath
(2004)
My Paper Heart
(2008)
Hundred More Years
(2011)
Singles from My Paper Heart
  1. "I'm Letting Go"
    Released: 2008
  2. "Free to Be Me"
    Released: January 2009
  3. "It's Your Life"
    Released: August 2009
  4. "Lead Me to the Cross"
    Released: January 19, 2010
  5. "Beautiful, Beautiful"
    Released: February 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Christian Music Review (8.3/10)[5]
Christianity Today 3.5/5 stars[6]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars[7]

My Paper Heart is the major label debut album from Christian pop rock singer Francesca Battistelli, released on July 22, 2008.[8] The album hit No. 182 on the Billboard 200 in March 2009 and peaked at No. 35 in August 2010; it has sold over 500,000 copies on United States.[8] The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on July 13, 2012.

Singles[edit]

"I'm Letting Go", was released as the lead single from the album before it released in mid-2008, and was the 16th most-played song on Christian radio of 2008.[9]

"Free to Be Me", was released as the second single in the beginning of January 2009, and stayed at No. 1 on Christian contemporary hit radio charts for seven consecutive weeks.[10]

"It's Your Life", was released as the third single, and peaked at No. 12 on the Hot Christian Songs chart.[11] It was also featured in the 2011 movie, Soul Surfer.

"Lead Me to the Cross" was released as the fourth single from the deluxe edition of the album[12] on iTunes on January 19, 2010.[13] It was never released to radio stations.

"Beautiful, Beautiful" was released in February 2010 as the fifth and final single from the album.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Album release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Free to Be Me"   Francesca Battistelli 3:28
2. "I'm Letting Go"   Battistelli, Ian Eskelin, Tony Wood 2:53
3. "Unpredictable"   Battistelli, Jeff Pardo 2:58
4. "My Paper Heart"   Battistelli, Eskelin, Wood 3:27
5. "Beautiful, Beautiful"   Battistelli, Eskelin, Andrew Fromm 3:16
6. "Blue Sky"   Battistelli, Sam Mizell 3:55
7. "Forever Love"   Battistelli 3:52
8. "Someday Soon"   Battistelli 3:49
9. "Behind the Scenes"   Battistelli, Jeremy Bose 4:09
10. "It's Your Life"   Battistelli, Eskelin 2:52
11. "Time in Between"   Battistelli 3:24
Total length:
38:03

Personnel[edit]

  • Francesca Battistelli - Vocals, Guitar, Piano
  • Larry Beaird – acoustic guitar
  • Eric Darken – percussion
  • Dan Dugmore – pedal steel guitar
  • Pat Flynn – acoustic guitar
  • Paul Franklin – pedal steel guitar
  • Steve Gibson – electric guitar, mandolin
  • Doyle Grisham – pedal steel guitar
  • Pastor Matthew Hagee – background vocals
  • Sandra Hagee – background vocals
  • Vicki Hampton – background vocals
  • Aubrey Haynie – fiddle
  • Wes Hightower – background vocals
  • David Hungate – bass guitar
  • John Barlow Jarvis – piano
  • John Jorgenson – electric guitar
  • Christina Ketterling – background vocals
  • Matthew Goodwin – drums
  • Brent Mason – electric guitar
  • Gordon Mote – keyboards
  • Nina Rodriquez – percussion
  • Lisa Silver – background vocals
  • Billy Joe Walker, Jr. – acoustic guitar
  • Cindy Walker – background vocals

Awards[edit]

The album was nominated for a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 40th GMA Dove Awards. The song "I'm Letting Go" was also nominated for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Francesca Battistelli". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved February 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ Matthew Watson & Lauren Summerford (July 5, 2008). "Francesca Battistelli, "My Paper Heart" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved February 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ Andree Farias. "Francesca Battistelli - My Paper Heart". Christian Music Today. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ Farias, Andree (July 22, 2008). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Christian Music Review review". Christianmusicreview.org. Archived from the original on August 27, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Christianity Today review". Christianitytoday.com. Archived from the original on May 14, 2009. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Jesus Freak Hideout review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. July 22, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Francesca Battistelli - My Paper Heart". Billboard. Retrieved February 11, 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ "2008 Year End Charts - Top Christian CHR Songs". R&R. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Christian CHR National Airplay". R&R. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Christian Songs". Billboard.com. August 25, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b http://www.familychristian.com/my-paper-heart-1-2e0fbdab0b4d1a33c30a79beca50865f.html
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - Lead Me to the Cross - Single by Francesca Battistelli". Itunes.apple.com. January 19, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - My Paper Heart (Dented Fender Sessions) - EP by Francesca Battistelli". Itunes.apple.com. March 2, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  15. ^ Nominations Announced for 40th GMA Dove Awards at CBN.com