Sanctus Real, a popular contemporary Christian band, will join Union College for Family Worship on Friday, October 21.
The Dove award winning band, best known for songs such as “Lead Me” and “Forgiven,” formed 20 years ago and is comprised of Mark Graalman on drums; Chris Rohman on guitar; Dustin Lolli, who replaced Matt Hammitt as the lead singer at the beginning of 2016; Jake Rye on bass; and Seth Huff, on both the guitar and piano.
The band has since released seven albums, most recently The Best of Sanctus Real, containing fifteen of their top ten radio singles. “This is Love,” which was released on February 5, 2016, will be their first self-produced single since their early indie years.
“Sanctus Real has a unique sound that can attract a variety of music tastes,” Kiana Myers, a Union student and avid Sanctus Real fan said. “The artists write songs about their own lives, giving glory to God for everything. They provide an image worth imitating. As a group they are incredibly laid back; during a small jam session, one band member told the audience about their burritos for dinner and their adventures around the city. This upcoming concert will be a great worship night for anyone to enjoy!”
Sanctus Real has been nominated for several Dove and Grammy awards, and in 2005, their album, Fight the Tide, won a Dove award for Modern Rock Album of the Year.
“I dug Sanctus Real’s sound more than the messages in their words, but then I saw them in concert,” said Union student Kyle Dahms. “Sanctus Real has been one of my favorite Christian bands for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been a guy who is attracted to the music and sound more so than the lyrics. I realized that these guys have gone through many of the same hardships and struggles and spiritual journeys—just like me. They really want to share what they’ve seen and felt, the good and the bad, how God has been there to help them through the bad and how they glorified Him in the good.”
The Sanctus Real concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 4801 Prescott on the campus of Union College. The concert is free and open to the public.
By Elizabeth Bearden, student writer