This song was written and recorded by Francesca Battistelli, and was the title song of her album of the same name.
Francesca Battistelli (born May 18, 1985) is an American Christian singer and songwriter from New York City. She grew up in a musical family with both of her parents involved in musical theatre.
When Francesca was 15, she became a member of the Orlando, Florida all-girl mainstream pop group, Bella. The group’s touring performances included singing and dancing, which were “two things I loved”, she said. After the group disbanded, Battistelli picked up the guitar and began writing songs. She has won several awards and, to date, has recorded 6 albums (including her first, independent album).
Battistelli’s music is influenced by several genres. One reviewer wrote that “Battistelli’s soulful piano-pop sound resembles a blend of her music interests—jazz, rock, gospel and R&B.” Battistelli stated that when she first began writing music, “I really longed to bring something authentic to the [Christian music] scene that even non-Christians could listen to.”
In 2009, Battistelli married percussionist Matthew Goodwin. They now have 3 sons and a daughter.
This song speaks to honesty… something so absent in our society, even in our churches! Being honest and open with God is where every conversation with Him should begin. Being honest with our church family – about our struggles and our celebrations – would allow for the family atmosphere so many are looking for today.
Bible Reference… 1Chronicles 29:17; Proverbs 10:9; 11:3; 12:22;
Ephesians 4:25; Colossians 3:9; 1John 3:18
Truth is harder than a lie; the dark seems safer than the light.
And everyone has a heart that loves to hide.
I’m a mess and so are you; we’ve built walls nobody can get through.
Yeah, it may be hard, but the best thing we could ever do… ever do…
Bring your brokenness and I’ll bring mine, ’cause love can heal what hurt divides.
And mercy’s waiting on the other side… if we’re honest. If we’re honest…
Don’t pretend to be something that you’re not, living life afraid of getting caught.
There is freedom found when we lay our secrets down at the cross… at the cross.
It would change our lives. It would set us free. It’s what we need to be. (CHORUS)