A respected alternative CCM band from Toledo, Ohio, Sanctus Real was formed in 1996 when founders Chris Rohman and Matt Hammitt were still in high school. With Hammitt handling lead vocals, the duo added drummer Mark Graalman and bassist Steve Goodrum to round out the lineup. The group released three independent albums of melodic power pop (All This Talk of Aliens in 1998, Message for the Masses in 1999, and Nothing to Lose in 2001) before signing with Universal-owned Christian label Sparrow Records. Working with producer Pete Stewart, Sanctus Real made their major-label debut with 2002's Say It Loud, following up a year later with a five-song EP supplement to Say It Loud, entitled SVERIGEEP. Their 2004 cover of U2's "Beautiful Day" for the Sparrow compilation In the Name of Love: Artists United for Africa became a Christian hit, ...
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