USA Today recently published a story on Matt Hammitt, the lead singer of Christian rock band Sanctus Real, who will be performing at Winter Jam 2012 on January 15 at Philips Arena. Check out the inspiring story below:
Told that his unborn son had only half a heart and little chance to survive, the lead singer of the Christian rock band Sanctus Real began pouring his fears and doubts into music. The songs were meant to comfort his family while they searched for answers and sought to understand God's role during the months before and after the baby's birth that were filled with surgeries and life-threatening complications.
It didn't take long for him to realize that his words needed to be shared so that others struggling with life would know they're not alone. What came out of the heartache was Every Falling Tear, a solo album that's meant to touch and console during the hardest of times.
"People want to know that their pain has a purpose," said Matt Hammitt, one of the founding members of Sanctus Real, a band with two Grammy-nominated albums since 2008. "That's the biggest part of sharing our story," he said. "That there is a purpose."
Hammitt and his wife, Sarah, knew something was wrong minutes after finding out during an ultrasound in April 2010 that their third child would be a boy, following two girls. They saw the sorrow on their doctor's face even before she spoke.
Doctors later confirmed the baby had a rare congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which causes the left side of the heart to be severely underdeveloped. For five months, the couple contemplated all of the possible procedures and treatments while weighing the odds of what could go wrong. Their baby would face multiple surgeries and an uncertain future at best.
They also didn't know how to deal with a flood of emotions — the anger, the doubt, the feeling of being alone. Hammitt, 32, decided he needed to tell God how he was feeling, so he started writing songs about their journey.
"I began writing about all that I was learning about struggle and faith," he said.
Each song tells of a moment or a series of events leading to the baby's birth — there's a father's fear of holding back his love for a son he may never know and a mother's hope of finding peace in the midst of despair.
"I wanted to write songs that would speak him someday about how much his father loved him no matter how long or short his life would be," Hammitt said, his voice trailing off.
Sanctus Real will be one of nearly a dozen Christian artists taking part in the Winter Jam tour that starts in January, with stops in 47 cities. The tour comes to Philips Arena on January 15 at 6pm. For details, click here.
To read the complete story from USA Today, click here.