Francesca Battistelli Welcomes New Baby

Francesca Battistelli

Francesca Battistelli welcomes the birth of her newest son, Henry Barrett "Bear" Goodwin, on her Instagram page. He was born on June 8 at 8:50 p.m. weighing 9 pounds, 10 ounces and 22 inches long.

She writes, "I've been quiet here because we have been soaking in almost five days with our newest SON! After some really crazy circumstances and a last minute change of midwives (we're talking 24 hours before I gave birth! ), God blessed us with a peaceful, beautiful, safe home birth on Saturday night!

"It was SUCH an answer to prayer that we did nothing to deserve but He graced us with so kindly! The women who were in the room all brought such peace, and they supported us with more love and care than I can even explain. Audrey, our oldest daughter, got to catch her brother and announce, "it's a boy!" What a gift!" 

She continues, "Henry means "house ruler." We pray that he will grow up to be a strong man of God who rules his home with the grace and love of His savior who laid his life down for his bride. Barrett means "mighty as a bear," and we pray he will be mighty in the Lord!"

Battistelli was originally an independent artist and had released an independent album, Just a Breath, in 2004. Her first studio album on Fervent Records, My Paper Heart, was released on July 22, 2008. 

Between the release of her debut album My Paper Heart and its follow-up Hundred More Years, Battistelli married Christian band percussionist Matthew Goodwin and gave birth to her first child, Matthew Elijah. 

Battistelli is no stranger to the stage. Raised by parents immersed in the arts and Broadway, she developed a love of music, theatre, and performance at a young age. But instead of using these talents for applause and accolades, Francesca prefers to point people to something beyond herself -towards hope in Christ.

Her soulful piano-pop sound resembles a blend of her music interests - jazz, rock, gospel and R&B - woven beautifully together with themes of trust and risk-taking. In a noisy world filled with sounds and images, we cry out for an authentic voice-one who is not afraid to speak truth and purpose to a generation. In singer/songwriter Francesca Battistelli, we have found that voice. 

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