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Sanctus Real Launches Spring Tour April 23 In Nashville During Gospel Music Week

March 30th, 2007 10:01pm EDT
Sanctus RealRecipient of 2005's Modern Rock Album of the Year GMA Dove Award and 2006's most played artist at CHR radio (R&R), Sanctus Real brings its acclaimed brand of Rock to venues across the Southeast and Midwest on its 14-city spring "The Face of Love Tour." Touring in support of its hit album, The Face of Love, the band will be playing fan favorites, as well as chart toppers from the current album, including the title track, the No. 1 hit "I'm Not Alright" and its current Top 5 radio single, "Don't Give Up."

Launching April 23 in Nashville during Gospel Music Week, the tour features special guests, Needtobreathe and This Beautiful Republic. The entourage travels together through mid-May and plays concerts in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Arkansas before wrapping up May 11 in Dallas, Texas. All the latest tour updates can be found at www.SanctusReal.com.

"We are thrilled to be headlining a tour this Spring with our friends, Needtobreathe and This Beautiful Republic. We've known both bands for a long time, even share hometowns with TBR, and are anxious to finally share the stage with these guys. We are excited to bring our fans a great show...we're going to give them our best," says Sanctus Real front man, Matt Hammitt.

"On top of that, we're really passionate about sharing information on a ministry we've been arm-in-arm with for a while now, the Mocha Club [www.mochaclub.org]," adds Hammitt regarding the African Leadership initiative. "This organization is making a difference on a forgotten continent and is meeting the physical needs of Africans as its leadership network offers life-sustaining hope to those that God calls 'the least' of His children. We're asking our fans to become educated about this and consider how they can walk beside us. We really see our efforts together making a world of difference in a real battle against HIV/AIDS, poverty and hopelessness, and giving orphans or a street child a second chance at life."

When Sanctus Real plays the song, "The Face of Love," on this tour, concertgoers will be able to see video running with images of the work being done through African Leadership in Darfur, Sudan. Since Sanctus Real broke on the national scene, the band has looked for opportunities to partner with charitable organizations and began working with African Leadership after realizing the incredible need in Africa. Sanctus Real's endorsement of the Mocha Club on its The Face of Love Tour this spring will provide essentials such as mosquito nets to prevent malaria, food, clean water, and desperately needed medication to the refugees of Darfur, Sudan.

Fans will also have the opportunity to receive an exclusive The Face of Love Tour t-shirt designed by Jedidiah Clothing Company (www.jedidiahusa.com). hearitfirst.com and Jedidiah are partnering to give away over 300 of the limited edition t-shirts. Fans can enter to win at the concert or online at www.hearitfirst.com.

One of the top Christian rock bands today, Sanctus Real released its third national studio album, The Face of Love, to wide critical acclaim. Inspired by real-life heartache and rediscovered joy, the emotions behind each track on The Face of Love are vulnerable and undisguised, making this album the band's most accessible project of their career and exhibiting the band's progression both musically and lyrically. Embraced by fans, the album jumped back on the Billboard Top 200 in December after releasing April 2006 and landed at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. The album also sparked the radio embraced CHR singles, "I'm Not Alright" and "The Face of Love." A multi-format hit, "I'm Not Alright" further landed at No. 1 and No. 5 respectively on the CRW and R&R yearend Christian Rock charts after spending six full weeks at No. 1 and becoming the band's first MTVu video. For all the latest Sanctus Real news, go to www.sanctusreal.com, www.myspace.com/sanctusreal, and www.emicmg.com.

Atlantic/Lava/Sparrow band Needtobreathe kicked off 2006 with rave reviews and a CCM cover story for their greatly-anticipated debut CD "DAYLIGHT," and closed out the year with the project being one of Billboard magazine's Critic's picks, a CCM magazine editor's pick and as one of ChristianMusicToday.com's Top New Artists of 2006. In between the accolades the band toured non-stop as they opened for superstar band TRAIN, and partnered with label mates Big City Rock on the Love and Heat tour. Along with "You Are Here" receiving mainstream and Christian radio airplay and "Shine On" becoming a Christian CHR radio hit, Needtobreathe'S music could also be heard on the ABC show "The Evidence," the motion picture "Employee of the Month," MTV's "Laguna Beach," and during the World Series. The band is currently in the studio working on a fall 2007 release being produced by Rick Beato and Ed Roland from Collective Soul. More information on Needtobreathe can be found at www.needtobreathe.net.

Comprising lead singer Ben Olin, drummer Andy Smith, guitarist Jeremy Kunkle, bassist Brandon Paxton and Adam Smith, also on guitar, these small-town boys from Toledo, Ohio, This Beautiful Republic, produce a sound that's anything but small. The band's catchy vocals, riveting guitar sound, and unshakable fan loyalty have won crowds in and around Toledo for nearly five years. Such buzz surrounding this band garnered national attention from multiple labels, with Forefront Records landing its latest new signing. Releasing April 3, the band's first album, Even Heroes Need A Parachute, was produced by Allen Salmon (most noted for engineering records by Sanctus Real and Mute Math). Celebrated mix engineer Mark Needham (The Killers, Fleetwood Mac, Michelle Branch) additionally lent his talents to the project. The band's first radio single, "Jesus to the World," is currently being spun at CHR radio. Early reviews of the band's record call it "a masterpiece," "stunning" and "a must buy for 2007." For more information on This Beautiful Republic and Even Heroes Need A Parachute, visit www.thisbeautifulrepublic.com.

The Face of Love Tour itinerary includes:

4/23/2007 Nashville, TN Exit Inn
4/26/2007 Bloomington, IN Rhino's
4/27/2007 Elida, OH Elida Field House
4/28/2007 Greenville, IL Agape Festival
4/29/2007 Converse, IN Converse Church of Christ
5/1/2007 Chambersburg, PA World Harvest Outreach
5/2/2007 Richmond, VA Bon Air United Methodist Church
5/3/2007 Greensboro, NC Café Jam
5/5/2007 Athens, AL Athens State University
5/6/2007 Duluth, GA Duluth Amphitheater
5/8/2007 Conway, AR Woodland Heights Baptist Church
5/9/2007 Houston, TX Lakewood Church
5/10/2007 Muskogee, OK First Baptist Church
5/11/2007 Dallas, TX Ellum: Onstage
* Tour dates subject to change.