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These Things Take Time – Santus Real

Sanctus Real is an American Christian rock band formed in Toledo, Ohio, in 1996.  The group is composed of Matt Hammitt (lead vocalist, guitar), Chris Rohman (lead guitar), Dan Gartley (bass), Pete Prevost (guitar), and Mark Graalman (drums).

In 1996, lead singer and guitarist Matt Hammitt met guitarist Chris Rohman while they were tenth graders attending Toledo Christian School in Ohio.  Thus was the beginning of Sanctus Real and the band released three independent albums over five years.   After signing with Sparrow Records in 2002, the group released their major label debut, Say It Loud, at the end of the year.   In June 2004 it was followed by Fight the Tide, which garnered a GMA Dove Award win in 2005, and two singles that charted at number 1 on Christian radio, according to R&R magazine.   The band’s third album, The Face of Love, was released in April 2006. The single “I’m Not Alright” received a GMA Dove Award nomination in 2007.

Their fourth album, We Need Each Other (2008), was recorded in late 2007 and released in February.   It received a Grammy Award nomination and spawned the single “We Need Each Other“.   Sanctus Real released their fifth studio album in March 2010, titled Pieces of a Real Heart.    The band’s music incorporates a modern alternative rock style, and has evolved from power pop to a more melodic and guitar-driven sound.

“These Things Take Time” is a release from their newest album.   Clearly they have matured with time and it is by far my favorite album to date.  It is one of my all time favorites from them and it is worthy for those who have ears to hear.


Beautiful Day – Sanctus Real

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.