Multiple Grammy and reg;-nominated, Dove Award winning Sanctus Real lead vocalist Matt Hammitt is releasing his first solo album, Every Falling Tear on September 13th. Organically sparked by the rich joy and pain of life over the last year that strengthened Hammitt's faith and solidified his resolve to lead his family well, these new songs are his most deeply personal to date.
Encouraged by his Sanctus Real band mates to release these songs and to share his story through the songs that are meant to provide hope for people that are in crisis, Hammitt's journey to the new album started with the current, critically acclaimed and best-selling Sanctus Real album, Pieces of a Real Heart.
"The bridge lyric in 'Redeemer' says, 'I don't have every answer in life/ But I'm trusting You one day at a time/ 'Cause You can make a weak heart stay alive forever," reflects Hammitt regarding the current radio single from Pieces of a Real Heart. "Those lyrics, along with songs like 'Keep My Heart Alive,' 'Dear Heart,' and then the album with a broken heart on the cover, came out on March 9th, 2010. One month later on April 12th my wife, Sarah, and I found out that our son, Bowen, was going to be born with a severe congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
The whole album become a prophetic glimpse into what the Hammitt's were about to go through, and proved to a be a source of hope as Matt and his wife, Sarah, take care of Bowen, "small victorious one," who was born September 9th, 2010 and has now gone through two heart surgeries, an infection and other complications since being born.
Born out of the heart of a father, wrestling with his pain, but buoyed by his faith and love for his family, Hammitt's main impetus for writing the songs on Every Falling Tear was to play them at Bowen's bedside in the hospital, with the hope that they would be a source of comfort for his family, as well as a reminder of God's faithfulness in the midst of their uncertainty.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Every Falling Tear and its singles will go to benefit the Whole Hearts Foundation, a new foundation Hammitt has set up to help families going through similar challenges as himself.
Huge media awareness surrounding the story of Matt's family and his son Bowen. Bowen's story has already been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, ABC local news affiliates, etc.
Sanctus Real on will be on tour with Casting Crowns in the fall of 2011.
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