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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

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With six No. 1 hits and a dozen Top Five hits, Sanctus Real is one of the most popular contemporary Christian rock groups. The band's currently on tour in support of its latest CD, "We Need Each Other," and the tour includes a stop March 7 in Mountain Home.

Sanctus Real will perform as part of the North Arkansas Youth Rally at Mountain Home First Baptist Church. The rally also will feature speaker Doug Runkles.

Tickets for the event are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, with $10 tickets available for groups of 20 or more. Tickets are available at Christian Book Outlet in Mountain Home, Harrison and Fayetteville and at the First Baptist Church, 425-6961. They also can be ordered online at or

Doors will open at 6 p.m. March 7 with the program and concert starting at 7.

Sanctus Real is a five-member group out of Toledo, Ohio. It features vocalist and guitarist Matt Hammitt, lead guitarist Chris Rohman, bassist Dan Gartley, guitarist Pete Prevost and drummer Mark Graalman. Hammitt and Rohman formed the group in 1996, when they still were in high school. The band recorded three independent albums between 1998 and 2001 — "All This Talk of Aliens," "Message for the Masses" and "Nothing to Lose" — before they were signed to Sparrow Records.

Their first release on Sparrow was "Say It Loud" in 2002, which produced four charting singles and received a Dove Award nomination as best rock album of the year. The band followed that with "Fight the Tide" in 2004, which won Sanctus Real a Dove Award for modern rock album of the year. The album also earned Dove nominations for rock and modern rock recorded songs of the year and was included among's best albums of the year.

In 2006, the group released "The Face of Love," followed last year with the current release, "We Need Each Other," which received a Grammy nomination for best rock gospel album. The single "Whatever You're Doing" currently is in the top 10 on Christian music charts.

"There's a real sense of direction and momentum surrounding the band and the new album," said Hammitt on the band's Web site. "The past several months have been an exciting time for us. We feel like we've made the best record of our career and are looking forward to sharing these new songs with our fans."

"There are some spots on this record where I just pushed the limits of what I can do vocally, whether it be on a soft, kind of rustic sounding vocal or whether it be this overdriven, rock high-range kind of vocal," Hammitt said

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