This song was written by Katie Torwalt and Bryan Andrew Wilson. It was recorded by Francesca Battistelli… and included on her album, If We’re Honest.
Bryan & Katie Torwalt are an American Christian music husband and wife duo from Sacramento, California who started their music recording careers in 2006.
Bryan Andrew Wilson (born November 3, 1983) is an American gospel musician. He calls his music Spiritual Soul because it combines the passion of faith with the sound of R&B.
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).
This song won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song (“Holy Spirit”)
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 is one of the few songs I’ve ever heard that focus on the Holy Spirit. I first heard this song at a prayer conference, and it served as a perfect, humble request for the Holy Spirit’s presence.
Bible Reference… Isaiah 11:2; John 14:15-17,26; 16:7-11; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9,26; 15:30; 1Corinthians 2:7-13; 12:1-11; 2Corinthians 3:17,18
There’s nothing worth more that could ever come close.
No thing can compare; You’re our living hope… Your presence, Lord.
I’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of loves,
where my heart becomes free and my shame is undone… Your presence, Lord.
Holy Spirit, You are welcome here;
come flood this place and fill the atmosphere.
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for;
to be overcome by Your presence, Lord… Your presence, Lord. (Repeat v. 1 & CHORUS)
Let us become more aware of Your presence.
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness. (Repeat 3x; CHORUS)