Forged from a very personal tragedy, Matt Hamitt of Sanctus Real has written a truly moving and ultimately hopeful solo album.
Hammitt is lead singer and one of the founding members of the Grammy-nominated and Dove Award winning rock band.
While many are familiar with Sanctus Real, most people will not be aware of the painful tragedy that Hammitt and his wife Sarah went through in the last year, when they learnt the boy they were expecting would be born with a serious congenital heart defect.
Matt used his music to deal with the huge challenge facing him and his family. The emotions he experienced during this difficult struggle inspired him to write the songs that would form this album.
His main focus for writing the songs was to play them at his new-born son’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 pain and struggle. Hammitt was then encouraged by his band mates to release these songs, and did so utilising the assistance and talents of, among others, Leeland Mooring and Audrey Assad.
Hammitt’s vulnerable storytelling uses piano and string-based songs to describe moving pictures of pain and suffering, yet remaining in hope and in relationship to an eternally loving Father. With titles like ‘Trust’, ‘Holding You’ and ‘Let Go’, the album’s theme is clear and the duet with Audrey Assad on ‘Without You’ is the highlight track.
Though deeply personal, this is a truly uplifting album and without a doubt, one of the best Christian releases of the year.
By Martin Barratt