Sanctus Real


Sanctus Real was formed in Toledo, Ohio in 1996. By the year 2000, the band had recorded two indie releases. They entered a "Best Band" contest sponsored by a local radio station and won. The win led them to go on the road. As they gained experience and recorded a third CD, Matt and Chris decided to take on Nashville. The two took their latest project to GMA Week and handed CDs to everyone they met. Sparrow Records got a copy and within a week, the label was calling. They were signed in 2002.

Sanctus Real Members:

  • - Matt Hammitt - Vocals
  • - Mark Graalman - Drums
  • - Pete Prevost - Guitar/keys
  • - Chris Rohman - Guitar
  • - Dan Gartley - Bass

Memorable Moments:

  • - Matt and Chris met while sophomores at Toledo Christian School in Ohio. The two high school students started leading worship together and from there, started writing their own music.

  • - Two hours after Mark Graalman's son was born, his father was diagnosed with cancer at the same hospital.
  • - Their debut album had the best first-week sales of any debut rock record Sparrow had ever released.


  • - Run, 2013
  • - Pieces Of Our Past: The Sanctus Real Anthology, 2010
  • - Pieces of a Real Heart, 2010
  • - We Need Each Other, 2008 (Nominated for the 2009 GRAMMY Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album)
  • - The Face of Love, 2006
  • - Fight The Tide, 2004 (2005 Dove Award Winner for Modern Rock Album of the Year)
  • - Say It Loud, 2002
  • - Nothing To Lose, 2001 (independent)
  • - Message For the Masses, 1999 (independent)
  • - All This Talk of Aliens, 1998 (independent)

#1 Songs:

  • - "Beautiful Day"
  • - "Everything About You"
  • - "I'm Not Alright"
  • - "We Need Each Other"

Dove Awards:

  • -2005 Modern Rock Album of the Year - Fight the Tide

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