Sanctus Real is a Dove Award-winning American Christian rock band from Toledo, Ohio. The group is currently comprised of Matt Hammit (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Rohman (lead guitar), Dan Gartley (bass), Pete Provost (guitar), and Mark Graalman (drums).
Forming as a band in 1996, over five years they released three independent albums. After signed with Sparrow Records in 2002, the group released their major label debut, Say It Loud, at the end of the year. In total they have released four albums with Sparrow Records.
Sanctus Real music is featured in the Christian video game Dance Praise. The songs “Alone”, “Everything About You”, and “Say It Loud” are included with the game. “Closer” and “Things Like You” can be added to the list via the Dance Praise Expansion Pack Volume 3: Pop & Rock Hits. The band appeared on an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2008.
The band recorded a cover of U2‘s song “Beautiful Day” on the compilation album In the Name of Love: Artists United for Africa, released on January 27, 2004. The track became their first number one hit single on Christian CHR in 2004.