Embarks On Headlining “The Own It Tour,” Kicking Off March 21 In Washington, D.C.

GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Francesca Battistelli releases her new single today titled “Defender” along with a lyric video. “Defender” is Battistelli’s second radio single from her latest album, Own It (Curb | Word Entertainment), and follows her top ten hit “The Breakup Song.”

Written by Rita Springer, Steffany Gretzinger, and John-Paul Gentile, “Defender” (which also features guest vocals from Gretzinger) is already being sung in churches around the globe. The popular single is also poised to become another landmark song in Battistelli’s career, following in the footsteps of her GRAMMY-winning and multi-week chart-topping single “Holy Spirit.”

The passionate theme of “Defender” declares that the Lord fights our battles for us, referencing Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”  Battistelli recalls the moment when she heard the song for the first time, “When Rita sang the words ‘All I did was praise, all I did was worship,‘ it hit me like a ton of bricks. The idea that all we have to do is stay still while He fights our battles? I had always known it intellectually, but that was the first time I knew it in my spirit. There is something so special about this song, and I’m honored to sing it.”

Fans will get to hear the new single live when Battistelli embarks on her headlining run of “The Own It Tour,” which kicks off March 21 in Washington, D.C. and wraps April 14 in Tucson, AZ. It’s sure to be an evening to remember, as Battistelli will share songs from her new album along with some of her biggest hits and fan favorites. The tour will hit major markets such as Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, and throughout California, and feature special guests Stars Go Dim and Elle Limebear. Tour dates are listed below, and for more information please visit



21-Mar-19 Francesca Battistelli Christian Fellowship Church Washington DC
22-Mar-19 Francesca Battistelli The Goodyear Theater at East End Akron OH
23-Mar-19 Francesca Battistelli Lexington City Church Lexington KY
24-Mar-19 Francesca Battistelli Ridge Point Community Church Holland MI
28-Mar-19 Francesca Battistelli Bethany Church Baton Rouge LA
29-Mar-19 Francesca Battistelli The MET Church Houston TX
30-Mar-19 Francesca Battistelli LifeAustin Amphitheatre Austin TX
31-Mar-19 Francesca Battistelli Majestic Theatre Dallas TX
01-Apr-19 Francesca Battistelli Calvary Baptist Joplin MO
03-Apr-19 Francesca Battistelli New Life Gillette Church Gillette WY
04-Apr-19 Francesca Battistelli Denver First Church of the Nazarene Denver CO
06-Apr-19 Francesca Battistelli East Hill Church Portland OR
07-Apr-19 Francesca Battistelli Eastridge Church Seattle WA
10-Apr-19 Francesca Battistelli The House Modesto Modesto CA
11-Apr-19 Francesca Battistelli Redwood Chapel Community Church Castro Valley CA
12-Apr-19 Francesca Battistelli Evermore Church Riverside CA
13-Apr-19 Francesca Battistelli Highlands Church Phoenix AZ
14-Apr-19 Francesca Battistelli Calvary Tuscon Church Tuscon AZ
11-Jun-19 Francesca Battistelli Xtreme Conference Panama City Beach FL
27-Jul-19 Francesca Battistelli OneFest 2019 Chippewa Falls W