Matt Hammitt is a singer, songwriter, speaker and author. For twenty years, Matt was the lead singer and songwriter for the band Sanctus Real. The band released eight studio albums with 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 won three Dove Awards, has been nominated for two Grammys for his work with Sanctus Real, and has received multiple awards from SESAC and ASCAP for radio chart performance.
Matt has also co-written songs for other artists, including For King & Country, Francesca Battistelli, Jamie Grace, Newsong, Hawk Nelson, Jason Gray, Citizen Way and Love and the Outcome. Matt and his wife, Sarah recently launched Lead Me Live, organizing men’s ministry and marriage events. Matt is also the host and producer of the Lead Me Podcast.
In September of 2010, Matt’s wife, Sarah, gave birth to their third child, Bowen. Diagnosed with a life-threatening heart defect at 19 weeks in utero, his future was uncertain. Leading up to Bowen’s birth, Matt recorded his first solo album, Every Falling Tear in 2011, carrying the theme of trusting God in the darkest seasons of life. Matt also co-authored a children’s book with Jason Ingram, based on a song from the album, titled I Couldn’t Love You More (Tyndale House Publishers).
During the first six months of Bowen’s life, he endured two open-heart surgeries, a stroke and cardiac arrest. Finding new purpose through the pain of almost losing their son, Matt and Sarah started a blog called Bowen’s Heart (Bowensheart.com), drawing hundreds of thousands of readers. They started Whole Hearts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides financial, emotional and spiritual support for families of children living with pediatric heart disease.
Matt Hammitt at Oakwood from Oakwood Community Church
When we think of our mate Matt Hammitt, words like God-honoring, inspirational, family man, sweet-spirited, and truly gifted come to mind. We're behind him all the way."
- FOR KING & COUNTRY