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Three-time Grammy-nominated singer up for Billboard Music Award, receives surprise No. 1 party at Mercy Ministries

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NEWS SOURCE: Word Entertainment
May 15, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (May 15, 2015) - From award show nominations to career milestones and hit songs, Spring 2015 is truly a time of celebration for Fervent Records recording artist Francesca Battistelli.

Battistelli's "He Knows My Name" is up for Top Christian Song at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, the latest benchmark for a song that's been life-changing in many ways. Battistelli celebrated its success last week when she visited the Nashville Mercy Ministries home. She came to the home to sing for and visit with the girls and was surprised with a No. 1 plaque celebrating the multi-week, multi-format chart-topping success of "He Knows My Name."

The song, the second multi-week chart-topper from her 2014 album If We're Honest, spent 14 weeks at No. 1.

"It's been an incredible season," Battistelli said. "We came off of seven straight months of touring to some really exciting things to celebrate. To have my label surprise me at Mercy Ministries with a plaque for 'He Knows My Name' was just so special. The song will forever be connected to Mercy, and to celebrate its success there was just so perfect!"

Battistelli assumed her second visit to the Mercy Ministries home was solely to lead worship and spend time with residents. Just last summer she gathered stories from four young women who completed faith-based treatment and included them in the 12-minute short film that served as the video for "He Knows My Name." That inspirational film has been seen more than 1.2 million times on YouTube. Rod Riley, CEO of Word Entertainment, presented Mercy Ministries with a unique plaque commemorating the organization's involvement, which has helped raise awareness for its mission. Mercy Ministries helps young women struggling with addiction, eating disorders, unplanned pregnancies and other challenges.

"God is using music to impact lives," Riley said. "We'll never see the full impact this song has had this side of Heaven, but we are seeing some of the fruit now."

With new single "Holy Spirit" quickly climbing the charts into the Top 5, If We're Honest has now produced three hits and pushed the already popular Battistelli to new career heights. She performed lead single "Write Your Story," which spent six weeks atop the charts, on ABC's Good Morning America and Fox News' Fox & Friends. The six-time Dove Award winner has now sold nearly 1.5 million albums and is one of the genre's top live draws as well. She just wrapped appearances on The Bible Tour 2015 and Winter Jam, which was attended by more than 600,000 fans.

Find out if Battistelli wins her first Billboard Music Award from 8-11 p.m. ET Sunday on ABC. She also is nominated for Female Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "He Knows My Name" at the May 31 KLOVE Fan Awards. She will perform "Holy Spirit" during the show at the Grand Ole Opry. Fans can still vote at

Battistelli will be performing select solo and festival dates over the summer. For more information or to buy tickets, visit and follow @francescamusic on Twitter.

About Word Entertainment
A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive faith-based company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including About A Mile, Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Blanca, Jason Castro, Everfound, Family Force 5, Jon Foreman, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, NEEDTOBREATHE, Point of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, Skillet, Stars Go Dim, Switchfoot, VERIDIA, We Are Messengers, We As Human and Zealand Worship, and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group's Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

About Mercy Ministries
Mercy Ministries' free-of-charge, voluntary, faith-based residential program serves young women from all socio-economic backgrounds, ages 13-28, who face a combination of life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancy. Mercy also serves young women who have been physically and sexually abused, including victims of sex trafficking. Using proven methods, a holistic approach and professional counselors in a structured residential environment, Mercy has helped thousands of young women be restored to wholeness. Mercy's goal is to help these young women find freedom from their issues and empower them to serve in their communities as productive citizens. Media contact: Wes Vause / WMN / 615-214-1500


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