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Sanctus Real To Present Best Of Sanctus Real on October 9, 2015 as “Farewell To A Friend” Tour Kicks Off |@sanctusreal

by Ifemidayo OdekunleSeptember 30, 2015
Sanctus Real will unveil Best Of Sanctus Real, their last project with lead singer Matt Hammitt, on October 9, 2015. Featuring 14 of the band’s top hits over their 20-year career, the compilation also includes the newly released single “Longer Than A Lifetime.” Delivering a total of seven studio albums with Sparrow Records, Sanctus Real has acquired eight No. 1 singles on multiple Christian radio formats, toured the globe alongside names such as TobyMac, MercyMe, NEEDTOBREATHE and more, while garnering two GRAMMY® nominations and a Dove Award win. In conjunction with their Best Of Sanctus Real release, the GRAMMY® nominated band will embark on a “Farewell To A Friend” tour this fall, kicking off October 7 in Iowa Falls, Iowa (see full tour routing here).

“Longer Than A Lifetime” went for adds to Hot AC and AC stations nationwide on August 28. To hear more about the new single from Sanctus Real, click here

Earlier this summer lead singer Matt Hammitt announced his plans to depart from Sanctus Real following the fall tour. He will continue to write and perform music, but will spend more time with his family. Hammitt will also work alongside his wife, Sarah, in marriage and family ministry through their “Lead Me Live” weekend events and 501c3 non-profit, Whole Hearts Foundation. Hammitt will continue to share his ongoing spiritual and personal journey through his weekly audio program, “The Lead Me Lifecast”.

“We have a passion to use the platform of Sanctus Real to write new music that will continue to influence not just the church world, but reach well beyond anything we could imagine and offer hope to the lost and weary wherever they are,” explains Sanctus Real’s Chris Rohman. A full statement about what is next on the horizon for Sanctus Real can be read here.
Best Of Sanctus Real (track listing)
1. Forgiven
2. Promises
3. Lead Me
4. Longer Than A Lifetime
5. I’m Not Alright
6. Lay It Down
7. Pray (Radio Version)
8. Whatever You’re Doing (Something Heavenly)
9. On Fire
10. The Face Of Love
11. The Redeemer (Radio Version)
12. We Need Each Other
13. Don’t Give Up
14. Everything About You
15. Say It Loud
“Farwell To A Friend” Tour:
*All tour dates subject to change, please visit sanctusreal.com/tour for the latest information.
Oct. 7 Iowa Falls, IA
Oct. 8 Fairfield, IA
Oct. 9 Norfolk, NE
Oct. 10 Genoa, IL
Oct. 11 Perrysburg, OH
Oct. 15 Springfield, IL
Oct. 16 Paragould, AR
Oct. 17 Huntsville, TX
Oct. 18 San Angelo, TX
Oct. 19 Pinewood, LA
Nov. 5 Canton, OH
Nov. 6 Springfield, OH
Nov. 8 Archbold, OH
Nov. 13 Carthage, NC
Nov. 14 Lenoir, NC

About Sanctus Real:
Forming in 1996, Ohio-based Sanctus Real has seen major success over their 20-year career span, earning two GRAMMY® Award Nominations, a GMA Dove Award and six GMA Dove Nominations. With a total of seven studio albums released with Sparrow Records, Sanctus Real has accumulated eight No. 1 and eight top five singles on multiple Christian radio formats. They have toured with established artists including Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman, Skillet, Newsboys and Tenth Avenue North. Starting this fall, Sanctus Real will complete their “Farewell To A Friend” Tour, alongside the release of their Best Of Sanctus Real album this October.

Ifemidayo Odekunle
I am strongly choleric (ambitious and leader-like), yet deeply sanguine (pleasure-seeking and sociable). I smile always, that most times people love me simply because of that. I’m a hopeless romantic with a very practical streak. I love getting things done and internally motivated to succeed. I value relationships, honour, truth, wisdom and purpose. I’m in love with God, moral talks and can carry on a conversation thread all day in which thirst for learning drives me, while multitasking.

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