Matt Hammitt is an American singer, songwriter and speaker. For twenty years, Matt was the lead singer and songwriter for the band Sanctus Real. During that time, the band released eight albums under Sparrow Records, toured internationally and released 14 top five and number one singles to Christian radio, earning them a household name amongst Christian music fans worldwide. Matt has been the recipient of three Dove Awards, has been nominated for two Grammys 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.
Matt’s passion for family is what ultimately led him to leave Sanctus Real is 2015. Matt has been married to his wife, Sarah, for fifteen years, and they have four children, Emmy (10), Claire (8), Bowen (6) and Lewis (4). After leaving the band, Matt and his wife, Sarah, launched their podcast, The Lead Me Lifecast, along with ”Lead Me Live” conferences and concert events, focusing on building men, marriages, and families. Matt is also a partner with Family Life Ministries out of Little Rock, Arkansas, as a speaker for their Weekend to Remember marriage retreats.
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 will be his debut for FCM, and will release in Spring 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).
Shortly after Bowen’s birth, Matt and Sarah’s blog, Bowen’s Heart (Bowensheart.com), drew hundreds of thousands of readers. With the support of their friends and readers, they launched Whole Hearts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial, emotional and spiritual support for families of children living with pediatric heart disease.