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Francesca Battistelli releases remix of 'Defender'


Fri, Aug 9th 2019 06:00 pm

‘Defender (Neon Feather Remix)’ available at all DSPs today

Grammy Award-winner Francesca Battistelli releases “Defender (Neon Feather Remix)” across all DSPs today. The new version of the song is a richly textured spin-off of the original ballad, giving the powerful worship anthem a fresh perspective.

In addition to “Defender,” Neon Feather has remixed recent versions of hit songs from We Are Messengers and TobyMac, among other artists.

As Battistelli releases the vibrant remix, “Defender” continues to climb the charts at Christian radio.

Following the empowering, fan-favorite hit “The Breakup Song,” “Defender” is the second single from “Own It,” Battistelli’s fourth full-length studio record. Written by Rita Springer, Steffany Gretzinger and John-Paul Gentile, “Defender” declares, “ ‘The Lord fights our battles for us and prepares a table in the presence of our enemies. The slow-burning worship anthem brings Exodus 14:14 to life: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” ’ ”

“As a songwriter, I get such joy out of spending my time crafting words and creating melodies that God places on my heart. Yet there are times when I come across a song that just gets to me on a deep, core level. ‘Defender’ continues to be that song,” Battistelli shared. “It has been such an honor to travel the country performing this life-changing anthem and watching others sing and experience these incredible words. Earlier this summer we teamed up with Neon Feather to craft this refreshed version, and the life and energy it has made me experience this song and this message in a whole new way. I hope you can worship and reflect on the God that loves you so endlessly, knows you so fully, and is your great ‘Defender!’ ”

Along with the remix, Battistelli also unveiled a brand-new lyric video for the song.

New Release Today recently spotlighted “Defender” in a “Behind The Song” feature where Battistelli shared why she decided to record the moving track. Read the feature HERE. Stream or purchase “Defender (Neon Feather Remix)” HERE. For more information, visit www.francescamusic.com.

The Grammy Award-winning artist began writing and performing original songs at age 15. A childhood immersed in art, music, dance and theater prepared her for a future career on the stage.

Since her 2008 Gold-certified debut, “My Paper Heart,” Battistelli has propelled three consecutive studio projects to the top of Billboard’s Christian Albums chart and notched seven No. 1 radio singles, including multi-format, 15-week chart-topper “Holy Spirit.”

The wife and mother of four, who is expecting baby No. 5, has appeared on “Good Morning America” and “FOX & Friends” and has seen her music placed in a variety of high-profile films and television shows. In addition to one Grammy win and four career nominations, Battistelli has garnered a Billboard Music Award nod, two K-LOVE Fan Awards, and six Dove Awards – including being named the Gospel Music Association’s Artist of the Year.

With total on-demand streams exceeding 380 million, YouTube views of more than 72 million, and total equivalent albums of 2 million, the singer/songwriter continues to be one of the strongest voices in Christian music.

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