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
- - 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)
- - "Beautiful Day"
- - "Everything About You"
- - "I'm Not Alright"
- - "We Need Each Other"
- -2005 Modern Rock Album of the Year - Fight the Tide