2006’s most played artist at CHR radio (R&R), Sanctus Real, continues its string of hits with its fifth No. 1 song, “Don’t Give Up,” and it’s second No. 1 from its critically acclaimed and fan favorite album, The Face of Love. The song landed on top of both the R&R and CRW CHR charts last week and follows the multi-format hits, “The Face of Love” and “I’m Not Alright.”
>p>“‘Don’t Give Up’ really connects with people of all ages and backgrounds that are struggling with relationships, jobs and just the pursuit of everyday life,” says Sanctus Real front man, Matt Hammitt. “The song was inspired by close friends of ours that made difficult decisions to end their marriages. I’m not here to judge those decisions, but as a band we want to be a voice for lasting love and commitment in a world where breaking vows is as common as taking them.”
Sanctus Real will be playing all three of its hits from The Face of Love, as well as fan favorites spanning it’s three national studio releases, as the band continues it’s headline “The Face of Love” tour featuring NEEDTOBREATHE and This Beautiful Republic. The tour launched before a packed audience during Gospel Music Week in Nashville, April 23, and featured special guests Jon Foreman (Switchfoot frontman) and Future of Forestry. The tour continues to travel to venues across the Southeast and Midwest. For all the latest tour updates, see www.SanctusReal.com.
Sanctus Real members Dan Gartley (left) and Matt Hammitt are pictured on stage at the legendary Nashville rock club, Exit/In, during GMA Week. In the upper right hand corner of the image is a list of well-known rock bands that have appeared on the club’s stage.
In addition to its touring, Sanctus Real is becoming known for its charitable work. Due to Sanctus Real's continued involvement in African Leadership’s Mocha Club, the band was recently a part of sending seven tons of relief supplies to Darfur, Sudan. To see the Darfurians’ reaction after they received the supplies, go to https://www.africanleadership.org/darfur/video. Sanctus Real members began working with African Leadership last summer after realizing the incredible need in Africa.
One of the top Christian rock bands today, Sanctus Real’s The Face of Love was inspired by real-life heartache and rediscovered joy. Embraced by fans, the album jumped back on the Billboard Top 200 in December after releasing April 2006 and landed at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. The album’s first single, “I’m Not Alright,” became 2006’s No. 1 and No. 5 hit song respectively on the CRW and R&R yearend Christian Rock charts after spending six full weeks at No. 1 and becoming the band’s first MTVu video.
For all the latest Sanctus Real news, go to www.sanctusreal.com, www.myspace.com/sanctusreal, and www.emicmg.com.
Author: Rick Hoganson
Date: 07 May 2007