It has been announced that GRAMMY-nominated and Dove award-winning band Sanctus Realis featured in this year’s National Day of Prayer campaign with their single “Pray,” a song from their latest project Run (Sparrow Records). The song is currently being used to further promote The 2013 National Day of Prayer, which is this Thursday, May 2nd.
Explaining the message behind “Pray,” Sanctus Real’s Matt Hammitt recently shared, “We wrote the song ‘Pray’ because these are anxious times and the awareness that we’re just one thumb tap away from another shocking headline can be stressful. Sometimes it’s not world news that leaves me anxious, but parts of my own little world that seem to be falling apart. The pressure of holding it all together is daunting when I get to thinking it’s on my own shoulders. Sometimes I find myself tossing my hands up in the air and asking in an exasperated tone, ‘What in the world is going on?'”
Hammitt continues, “Every public headline and personal challenge is a reminder, as well as a call, not to lift our hands in despair but rather to continue lifting our hands and voices in prayer. We are longing to see a move of God in our nation, amongst its people and leaders, and we are excited to partner with National Day of Prayer in an effort to urge and inspire people to pray. Will you answer the call?”
“Pray” was written by Hammitt along with fellow band member Chris Rohman and Sanctus Real’s producer Chris Stevens. “Pray” is also currently a free song download from the National Day of Prayer Task Force and can be found by clicking here. To participate in a National Day of Prayer event your area, please visit nationaldayofprayer.org.
Additionally, a list of videos from the members of Sanctus Real promoting the National Day of Prayer is now available. There is a video already posted of the band sharing about the importance of prayer and in the days to follow, a video from each of the four band members talking about prayer will post. You can view the videos now right here:
About Sanctus Real
Over their stellar 16-year career, Sanctus Real has received critical acclaim as a Christian rock and alternative CCM band. The success of their albums landed Sanctus Real eight No. 1 singles and seven Top 5 radio singles. To date, the band’s total digital track sales exceed one million. Sanctus Real earned two GRAMMY-Nominations, including 2009 Best Rock Gospel Album for We Need Each Other and 2010 Best Contemporary/Pop Gospel Album for Pieces of a Real Heart. Since 2004, Sanctus Real has been nominated for eight Dove Awards and won Modern Rock Album of the Year for Fight the Tide in 2005. Sanctus Real was named R&R magazine’s most played CHR radio Christian artist of 2006 and Billboard’s No. 4 most played Christian band of 2010. Sanctus Real has toured alongside notable artists such as Tobymac, Casting Crowns, Third Day, MercyMe, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Skillet.