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  • "Changed" from Changed - Single
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  • "Everything About You" from Fight The Tide
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  • "Forgiven" from Pieces of a Real Heart
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  • "I'm Not Alright" from Best Of
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  • "I'm Not Alright" from The Face Of Love
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  • "Lay It Down" from The Dream
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  • "Lead Me" from Pieces of a Real Heart
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  • "Lead Me" from Best Of
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  • "Longer Than A Lifetime" from Best Of
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  • "My Desire" from This Is Love - EP
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  • "On Fire" from The Dream
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  • "Pray" from Run
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  • "Pray" from Best Of
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  • "Promises" from Run
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  • "Run" from Run
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  • "Safe In My Father's Arms" from Safe In My Father's Arms - Single
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  • "Say It Loud" from Say It Loud
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  • "Shining" from Shining-Single
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  • "This Is Love" from This Is Love - EP
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  • "This Is Love" from This Is Love
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  • "We Need Each Other" from We Need Each Other
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  • "Whatever You're Doing (Something Heavenly)" from We Need Each Other
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  • "Whatever You're Doing (Something Heavenly)" from Best Of
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    Latest News
    Sanctus Real Releases Upcoming Single 'Changed' Two Weeks Early
    (Friday, September 01, 2017)
    Sanctus Real Debuts New Single 'Safe In My Arms'
    (Monday, June 19, 2017)
    Former Sanctus Real Frontman Matt Hammitt Debuts Single 'Tears'
    (Tuesday, January 17, 2017)
    Matt Hammitt and Seth Mosley Team Up
    (Tuesday, September 06, 2016)
    Sanctus Real Releases New EP To Itunes
    (Thursday, February 04, 2016)
    Sanctus Real Announce New Singer and Single
    (Monday, January 25, 2016)
    Sanctus Real Releases First of Video Series Hinting at New Singer
    (Thursday, December 10, 2015)
    Best Of Sanctus Real Debuts To Critics' Acclaim
    (Thursday, October 15, 2015)
    TobyMac Preps For Fall Tour
    (Thursday, September 24, 2015)
    Sanctus Real to Farewell Frontman Matt Hammitt With Release of Best Of Collection
    (Tuesday, September 22, 2015)
    Matt Hammitt And Family Celebrate Milestone Fifth Birthday Of Son Bowen
    (Wednesday, September 09, 2015)
    NBA MVP Stephen Curry Joins Lecrae On Stage
    (Wednesday, August 26, 2015)
    Jeremy Camp Shoots Video For "Same Power"
    (Saturday, August 15, 2015)
    Moriah Peters Prepares To Premier Brave Music Video
    (Wednesday, August 05, 2015)
    Royal Tailor's Tauren Wells Co-Writes With Kris Allen
    (Friday, July 31, 2015)
    Finding Favour Included In Apple's A-List Playlist
    (Friday, July 03, 2015)
    Matt Hammitt Departs Sanctus Real
    (Wednesday, July 01, 2015)
    Sanctus Real In The Studio To Work On New Songs
    (Wednesday, June 17, 2015)
    TobyMac Reveals Details of Upcoming Album
    (Wednesday, April 29, 2015)
    Chris August Releases Lyric Video for "Drop Your Stone"
    (Tuesday, April 21, 2015)
    Plumb Wraps Recording on Exhale, Set to Release May 5
    (Tuesday, February 17, 2015)
    Christian Film Makers The Erwin Brothers Seek Fan Funding for Jesus Revolution Film
    (Tuesday, January 20, 2015)
    Compassion Presents The "Hands Of God" Tour, Featuring Francesca Battistelli And Sanctus Real
    (Friday, January 31, 2014)
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    The problem with dreams is that they can sometimes get in the way of more important things. As humans, it seems our hearts are always latching on to some shiny hope dangling in front of us. Some of the dreams we pursue are trivial, worthless, even destructive. We gain them only to find they're hollow, unable to deliver anything of real, eternal substance. But there are other dreams we pursue as well. Dreams that are, in and of themselves, good. Dreams of creating, accomplishing, becoming something better than what we are. But even these good dreams can become a hindrance.

    "The good," wrote Scottish minister Oswald Chambers, "is always the enemy of the best."

    Before the members of alt-power rock band Sanctus Real began to craft songs for their latest album on the Sparrow label, they had already settled on the album title and the theme of the record: The Dream. A genre-stretching, introspective work of mature artistry, Sanctus Real's seventh offering, The Dream, was born of a well-honed collaborative chemistry and a shared epiphany about what kind of dream is truly worth pursuing.

    "The realities of the music industry can make or break you if you live by them," explains Sanctus drummer Mark Graalman. "We've been doing this for so long. We've had our successes, but the industry is fickle and there's always that pit in your stomach that you're not doing well enough, that you're not going to be able to maintain the level you've reached. We finally came to a place where we started asking each other 'Why is it such a struggle? Are we letting some of those dreams we started out with become too important? Are we okay with it if all our success goes away?"

    "We started to see a little more clearly what were our own dreams as opposed to what God's dream was for us," adds singer and guitarist Matt Hammitt. "If all the good longings of our hearts--to be creative, to artfully express eternal truth, to tour and share those things with people--if all those good dreams come from God, if He is the source of those desires and the one who brings them to fulfillment, then maybe we've been looking at everything wrong. Maybe God himself is the Dream. Maybe the pursuit of our Creator is the only thing that can satisfy what our hearts are deeply longing for. It was from that realization that this body of songs emerged."

    Sanctus Real has racked up plenty of accolades over their career--eight #1 songs, seven top 5 singles, two Grammy nominations, and album sales of more than 700k units. The difference this time around was that the band came to a place of recognizing how crippling it could be to measure themselves against their own or anyone else's past successes. Instead they began to see their art-making as one small component in the context of a much bigger dream. The Dream's first single, "Lay It Down," pulses with an energy and conviction that lays the thematic groundwork for the rest of the album. With crisp vocals layered over a bright, and unpredictable instrumental soundscape, "Lay It Down" invites listeners to have done with lesser things, that they might pursue what will last.

    "'Lay It Down' is a song about surrender," Matt says. "During this season of reflecting on dreams, I realized I was carrying a lot of old hurts, insecurities, and some wrong ideas about God and people that were holding me back in ways. It seems too simple to just 'Lay It Down' at the Cross, but that's the call of Jesus, to simply come as you are and experience the freedom that comes with a childlike faith."

    Recording for the first time in their hometown of Toledo, Ohio and in Matt's newly-built home studio, the band brought in producer Pete Kipley (MercyMe, Matthew West, Phil Wickham). Kipley pushed the band into new sonic frontiers, layering programmed textures over Sanctus Real's signature sound. At the same time, the more relaxed atmosphere of recording at home fueled a rejuvenated creativity among the band members as they wrote and experimented.

    "When you make your first record," guitarist Chris Rohman explains, "everything is exciting. You're in a new town, in a real studio for the first time, recording those songs you wrote in your basement. But over the years the industry pressures build. It's easy to lose that early passion that you felt when no one knew who you were and you were just a kid pouring your heart out into these songs. After seven albums, I feel like we've found our way back to that place where it all began. Writing and recording The Dream, it felt like we were 20 again--pushing musical boundaries, feeling that passion for the craft. I think we came to a place where we let all those industry pressures go, and found ourselves enjoying a freedom in the creative process that we hadn't felt for years."

    "Songwriting has been this band's primary passion since the beginning," Matt confirms. "Being on the road so much over the years has made it very hard to have the time we needed to focus on writing and making an album the way we wanted to. In writing and recording The Dream, we were able to invest more time into the process. It really took us back to our roots and rekindled our original passion for the craft."

    sanctus-headerThat more relaxed creative approach yielded immediate results. Song after song poured from the Sanctus writing sessions and the project concept quickly solidified. One of the band's favorites, "On Fire," emerged as a soaring, heart-wrenching entreaty, an invitation calling listeners to remember and return to the passion they experienced when they first pursued Christ.

    "'On Fire' was written after a season of feeling distant and isolated from God, friends and family," Matt says, "I asked God to renew the passion I once had for life. I stayed up that entire night, and by morning, the song 'On Fire' was finished. It was written out of a true spiritual awakening, and I hope that the simple yet heartfelt words of that song help others find an awakening too.

    Other standout tracks range from the 80's textures and danceable power-pop of "Same God" to the upbeat, forward-leaning anthem "Head In The Fight," to the melodic and textural complexity of the title track "The Dream." But all are bound together by the album's central theme.

    "It was a new thing for us to have a conceptual theme in mind from the beginning," Matt says, "this theme of God Himself being the ultimate and only dream worthy of our passion and pursuit. You'll hear common language throughout the record, as that theme weaves through every song. We tried to echo the idea of a central theme sonically as well, by tying songs together. We wanted it to feel like all of the music and all of the words were pulling in one direction."

    From the outside, it might not look like releasing their seventh album has changed much for the hard-touring, veteran band. But from the inside, the members of Sanctus Real see this project as both a turning point and a major milestone for them.

    "I think the bottom line of where we are now," Matt explains, "and what the songs on The Dream are about--is summed up by saying that throughout our careers together, we've chased a dream or two and have come to realize that the greatest of them are not the ones we've relentlessly chased, but the One relentlessly chasing us."

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    Relevant, worshipful, and inspiring lyrics, talented vocals, and beautiful, upbeat music. Great job- looking forward to hearing more! :)

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    New Album | Posted November 26, 2014
    "Lay it Down" is a great song -- excited to hear more.

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    Sanctus Real | Posted November 05, 2014
    Just keep on making great songs for God. May the Holy Spirit keep on guiding you always. God bless Sanctus Real.

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    Very Entertaining in Concert | Posted November 03, 2014
    Saw these guys at Uprise Fest recently, and I had a great time. Music is good for any occasion!

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    I followed you on twitter | Posted March 05, 2013
    Beautiful music. I found you here from a link from brian matthew lee's website. This is a really nice site with all of my favorite artists. I saw your profile and followed you on twitter.

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    Awesome | Posted June 30, 2012
    U guys are awesome I can really feel Jesus when I hear your songs. One of my favorite bands ever.

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    Sanctus Real | Posted June 26, 2012
    Sanctus Real has been my favorite band ever since I found their first official CD, Say It Loud, in my basement 3 or 4 years ago. They have a wide range of musical talents and their songs vary from rock to acoustic to pop and worship. They are a fantastic group, and their stuff keeps getting better and better!

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    Keep my heart alive | Posted June 25, 2012
    I love their album it's so awesome my favorite song is keep my heart alive

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    Great band! | Posted May 15, 2012
    I fell in love with the song Lead Me and I want to hear more Sanctus Real.

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