Sanctus Real lead vocalist Matt Hammitt and his wife, Sarah, took their 10-week old baby boy, Bowen Matthew, home Nov. 18 from the hospital for the first time since he was born Sept. 9. Bowen, whose name means “small victorious one,” was born with a serious heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), and has gone through heart surgery, an infection and other complications since being born. His parents write in their blog at http://bowensheart.com/, “We thank God for the gift of waking up at home this morning with baby Bowen at our bedside. We’ve been praying so long for these moments. Taking care of Bowen at home will take include a lot of work and lack of sleep, but having all five of us together is worth it.” To find out all the latest news on Bowen, plus a wealth of photos and other blogs written by his parents, see http://bowensheart.com/.
ABC WORLD NEWS WITH DIANE SAWYER FEATURES BOWEN’S HOMECOMING TODAY!
An ABC News camera crew covered the moments before Bowen and his family left C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI, where Bowen was carefully cared for since his birth. The camera crew then followed the Hammitt family home, taping a joyous homecoming that was months in the making and was rife with challenges along the way. Barring any late breaking news, you can tune into the story today on ABC World News With Diane Sawyer at 6:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm CT. (http://abcnews.go.com/WN/DianeSawyer/)
SANCTUS REAL HOMETOWN PAPER COVERS STORY:
Check out the compelling story on Bowen’s homecoming in the Toledo Blade: http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20101118/NEWS16/11170368/-1/NEWS10
TODAY’S FOCUS ON THE FAMILY, YOUR FAMILY LIVE! FEATURE!
Sanctus Real’s Matt Hammitt completed a Skype interview for Focus On The Family’s “Your Family Live!” that streams today at www.YourFamilyLive.com beginning at 2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT. The feature will also be online after it airs at http://www.focusonlinecommunities.com/community/webcasts/2010/1124, and will be broadcast on Sky Angel and nearly 50 television outlets.
PIECES OF A REAL HEART CONTINUES ITS COMMERCIAL ACCLAIM:
Released eight months ago (March 9, 2010), Pieces Of A Real Heart is selling as fast today as when the album first debuted, tracking 119% ahead of the band’s last, GRAMMY-nominated album, We Need Each Other, and on track to become the band’s highest selling album to date.
“LEAD ME” HOLDS ONTO NO. 1 FOR NINE WEEKS:
The success of Sanctus Real’s highly acclaimed Pieces Of A Real Heart 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” is currently No. 3 on the Billboard Christian AC Monitored chart after holding the No. 1 position for nine full weeks. A video of the song made its debut on iTunes Sept. 7. The song also received the first-ever song endorsements from Focus on the Family and FamilyLife.
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