Grammy award-winning artist Francesca Battistelli will be visiting the Mabee Center during the “Son of God” tour coming to campus on March 29.
This two-hour live event brings the 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” to life in sight and sound. Other music will include Sidewalk Prophets, Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray.
Battistelli’s career has topped the charts in the last few years, earning a Grammy nomination as well as six Dove awards. She gained a list of accomplishments as one of the first Christian artists to add a contemporary spin to Christian music.
Recently, Battistelli discussed the upcoming “Son of God” tour, Christian media and a day in the life of a Christian music artist.
Q: What will the tour look like?
A: “The show in Tulsa will start with clips from the movie, and then an artist will come out and sing one of their songs, mixed up with artistic talent including monologues, and then the artist will sing together, and then speak together, and then a variety of singing and showing the movie.”
Q: What are your thoughts on Christian movies and their role in society? Specifically “Son of God” what is your opinion on Christians that have critiqued the motive of the movie?
A: “The quality of Christian films are growing and people are looking for the excellence. ‘Son of God’ is a movie that is reaching people, so that means that there is always going to be opposition. It oftentimes means that you are doing something else, when the enemies are opposing you.”
Q: What would you consider to be your greatest strength?
A: “I’ve always seen myself as an encourager, and hopefully I am that to my girlfriends, and [I] see the good in the situation. My mom is an exhorter too, and I like to think I got it from her.”
Q: Being in the public eye, how do you deal with people’s opinions of you whether good or bad?
A: “That’s a really good question. People have heard the pre-release of my album, and with that you hear both positive and negative response. But why is it we remember the negative? I usually look at the good or the bad and decide I won’t let it mean too much to me. If you know you’re doing what you’re called to do it doesn’t matter what people think of you.”
Q: How do you deal with being a super mom to two kids and managing your career?
A: “It’s a balance and struggle, learning to be a working mom, still not great at it, my husband’s amazing and [I] have help. Some days are easier than others. Our kids are very adaptable. They’ve been travelling on the road with them from when they were both born.”
Battistelli and the rest of the “Son of God” tour will be at the Mabee Center on March 29 at 7 p.m. Buy tickets at www.thebibletourexperience.com.