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Francesca Battistelli and Sidewalk Prophets in concert at Olivet

Posted: Sep 21, 2012

Bringing an evening of music and ministry to the Chicagoland area, the “Hundred More Years Tour” is a night of stories and songs for all ages. Francesca Battistelli and Sidewalk Prophets with Andy Cherry will appear at Olivet Nazarene University on Friday, October 26, 2012, at the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. This concert is presented by Christian music station Shine.FM.

Francesca Battistelli ( is one of the most successful newcomers to contemporary Christian music. Her 2008 debut album, “My Paper Heart,” received the RIAA-certified Gold status for sales surpassing 500,000 and topped Billboards Christian Albums chart in August 2010. It features No. 1 single, “Free To Be Me,” and top 10 hits “I’m Letting Go,” “It’s Your Life” and “Beautiful, Beautiful.” In 2011, she received Dove Awards for Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.

Her second release, “Hundred More Years,” features “This Is The Stuff,” which debuted in the top 20 on the Christian charts and in the top 10 on iTunes Christian and Gospel songs. Songs on this project draw on a variety of styles from jazz and rock to gospel and R&B. She has performed at Disney World’s “Night of Joy” and toured with MercyMe. She and her husband, Matthew Goodwin, the percussionist for NewSong, are the parents of a son, Matthew Elijah.

On the strength of independent album releases, Sidewalk Prophets ( expanded into touring with popular Christian music artists Jeremy Camp and Audio Adrenaline. “These Simple Truths,” the group’s first release with Word Records, led to a Dove Award for Best New Artist. From that project, “The Words I Would Say hit No. 3, “You Can Have Me” went top 20 and “You Love Me Anyway hit No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Singles chart. The band has toured with Mercy Me and Battistelli as part of the “Rock and Worship Roadshow.” “Live Like That,” the newest project, includes the title hit.

Grounded in worship music, Andy Cherry ( has branched out into other styles in his first album release, “Nothing Left To Fear,” on Essential Records. Percussion underlines on “Our God’s Alive,” fingerpicked guitars on “Running to Our Savior,” melodic rock on “City of Light” combine to make this a project that speaks to all generations and denominations.

Tickets are available through For more information about this event, call 815-939-5330 or go to

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