Matt and Sarah Hammitt describe the many risk factors facing their marriage due to his musical career as the lead singer of the band Sanctus Real. Matt explains that he had assumed loving Jesus would overcome his neglect of his marriage. But a moment at the dining table changed everything when his wife, Sarah, made the desperate plea, “I need you to lead me.”
Matt Hammitt is an American singer, songwriter, speaker and author. Matt was the lead singer and songwriter for the band Sanctus Real from 1996-2016. He has been the recipient of three Dove Awards, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards for his work with Sanctus Real and has been awarded for his chart topping songs, performed by both Sanctus Real and other popular Christian music artists.
Passion for family is what ultimately led Matt to leave Sanctus Real is 2015. Matt has been married to his wife, Sarah, for eighteen years, and they have four children.
After departing the band, Matt joined the FamilyLife speaker team and is a keynote speaker and performer at marriage and men’s conferences across the US, including Kirk Cameron’s “Living Room Reset” events.
In July of 2016, Matt partnered with Seth Mosley’s Full Circle Music company, first as a writer for FCM Songs, followed by an album deal with FCM Records. Matt Hammitt’s second solo album was his debut for FCM, released in the fall of 2017.
In 2010, Matt’s son, Bowen, was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart defect at nineteen weeks in utero. Leading up to Bowen’s birth, Matt wrote his first solo album, Every Falling Tear, carrying the theme of trusting God in the darkest seasons of life. The album was released in September of 2011 on Sparrow Records. He also released a children’s book with co-author, Jason Ingram, based on a song from the album, titled I Couldn’t Love You More (Tyndale House Publishers).
Waterbrook Multnomah (Penguin Random House) will be releasing Matt’s next book in 2020. His new book will include the unfiltered story of Matt’s life, so far, carrying a message of fighting apathy in faith, marriage and manhood.