Christian singer and songwriter Francesca Battistelli was born in New York City, and got her start in the music business as a teenager, singing and dancing in the all-girl pop group Bella. Shortly after, Battistelli began writing her own songs, which blended gospel, rock, jazz, and R&B into a sleek, mainstream pop sound. The artist’s debut, JUST A BREATH, was released independently in 2004. A deal with Fervent Records saw the release of the EP I’M LETTING GO in 2008, followed by the full-length MY PAPER HEART later the same year. The song “I’m Letting Go” enjoyed popularity on the Christian charts.