BOWEN MATTHEW HAMMITT IS BORN:

Sanctus Real lead vocalist Matt Hammitt and his wife, Sarah, have come through a difficult pregnancy. Parents to Emmy and Claire, the couple announces the birth of their first baby boy, Bowen Matthew Hammitt, whose name means “small victorious one.”  Bowen has been diagnosed with a serious heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), and is being closely monitored by doctors. Here is what his parents wrote on their blog at http://bowensheart.com/ last night:

Our baby boy has finally arrived! We are so excited to announce that Bowen Matthew Hammitt was delivered tonight, September 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm at the University of Michigan Women’s Hospital. He weighs 7 lbs, 7 oz and is far more handsome than we had ever imagined!

We weren’t sure if we’d be able to hold him tonight, but our OBGYN and the nurses in the PCTU were kind enough to give us a few minutes with him before they sent him to undergo several hours of testing. Once they finish all of his tests, they will give us an update on his heart and overall health.

We will continue to update our blog regularly so our friends and family can pray for baby Bowen and follow his story as it unfolds.

Overwhelmed with joy at the birth of our son,

Matt and Sarah

PIECES OF A REAL HEART IS THE BILLBOARD TOP 200 HIGHEST GAINER:

Billboard reported that Sanctus Real’s highly acclaimed Pieces Of A Real Heart earned the largest positional jump on the Billboard Top 200 chart this week, as the album vaulted 101 slots to No. 76, while also launching back into the Top 5 (at No. 4) on both the Christian and Gospel album charts.  Released six months ago (March 9 2010), Pieces Of A Real Heart is selling as fast today as when the album first debuted, tracking 40% ahead of the band’s last, GRAMMY-nominated album, We Need Each Other.

“LEAD ME” CONTINUES AT NO. 1:

The success of the new album is due in part to its radio hits, including the No. 1 song, “Forgiven,” and the band’s eighth No. 1 radio single and first-ever Billboard Adult Contemporary (AC) No. 1, “Lead Me.”  The fastest climbing AC radio song ever for the band, “Lead Me” continues its second week at No. 1 and made its video debut on iTunes Sept. 7.  The song also received the first-ever song endorsements from Focus on the Family and FamilyLife.

SANCTUS REAL’S FALL TOUR:

Enjoying the time off from touring to spend time with their families, the band members are also gearing up to be the nightly closing band on the 22-city “Hungry for Love” tour sponsored by Food for the Hungry and featuring Leeland, The Afters and Speaker Palmer Chinchen.  The tour begins Oct. 8 in Jackson, TN and travels through 13 states before wrapping up Nov. 21 in Rogers, AR.

For all the latest Sanctus Real news, including it tour dates, go to www.sanctusreal.com, www.myspace.com/sanctusreal, and www.emicmg.com.

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