Pieces of a Real Heart

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Pieces of a Real Heart
Studio album by Sanctus Real
Released March 9, 2010 (2010-03-09)
Recorded 2009
Genre Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock
Length 39:16[1]
Label Sparrow
Producer Christopher Stevens, Jason Ingram, Rusty Varenkamp[2]
Sanctus Real chronology
We Need Each Other
(2008)We Need Each Other2008
Pieces of a Real Heart

Pieces of a Real Heart is the fifth studio album from Christian rock band Sanctus Real.[3][4] It was released on March 9, 2010 via Sparrow Records.[5] The first single released was the song "Forgiven", which reached No. 6 on Billboard's Christian Songs chart.[6] The second single "Lead Me" reached No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Music chart and was nominated for a GMA Dove Award.

According to lead vocalist and songwriter Matt Hammitt, the album title reflects the band's goal of striving to write honest songs. Hammitt once said in an interview, "These songs are pieces of the deepest part of who we are. Since we wrote 'I'm Not Alright' for our album The Face of Love, we have always strived to be really honest with what we are thinking and how it pertains to our faith and draws us closer to the Lord. I think now more than ever these songs are a great picture of what is going on underneath the surface with us."[7]

Track listing[edit]

Pieces of a Real Heart
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Forgiven" Dan Gartley, Mark Graalman, Matt Hammitt, Peter Prevost, Chris Rohman 3:37
2. "These Things Take Time" Gartley, Graalman, Hammitt, Prevost, Rohman, Christopher Stevens 3:21
3. "The Way the World Turns" Gartley, Graalman, Hammitt, Prevost, Rohman, Stevens 4:08
4. "Lead Me" Hammitt, Jason Ingram, Rohman 3:48
5. "The Redeemer" Gartley, Graalman, Hammitt, Prevost, Rohman, Stevens 3:45
6. "Take Over Me" Gartley, Graalman, Hammitt, Prevost, Rohman, Stevens 3:05
7. "I Want to Get Lost" Gartley, Graalman, Jason Gray, Hammitt, Prevost, Rohman 3:54
8. "'Til I Got to Know You" Ben Glover, Hammitt, Stevens 3:57
9. "Dear Heart" Hammitt, Rohman, Allen Salmon 3:01
10. "I'll Show You How to Live" Hammitt, Ingram, Prevost, Rohman 3:19
11. "Keep My Heart Alive" Glover, Hammitt, Rohman 3:26
Total length: 39:17


Adapted from the liner notes.[8]

  • Matt Hammit – lead vocals, guitar
  • Chris Rohman – guitar, mandolin
  • Mark Graalman – drums
  • Pete Provost – guitar, banjo
  • Dan Gartley – bass
  • Christopher Stevens – production, engineering, mixing
  • Jason Ingram – production
  • Rusty Varenkamp – production
  • Paul Moak – engineering
  • Taylor Stevens – assistant engineering
  • Josh Silverberg – assistant engineering
  • Thomas Toner – assistant
  • Crystal Varenkamp – production assistant
  • Christopher York – A&R
  • Jess Chambers – A&R administration
  • Matt Balm – management
  • Jan Cook – creative direction
  • Lee Floyd – cover art
  • Tec Petaja – photography
  • Katie Moore – art direction and layout
  • Jesse Hall – hair and make-up
  • Talitha Moak – wardrobe styling


Chart Peak Position
Billboard 200 110


The album was nominated for a Dove Award for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 42nd GMA Dove Awards, while the song "Lead Me" was nominated for Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.[9]


  1. ^ "Sanctus Real, "Pieces Of A Real Heart" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sanctus Real to release fifth studio album, Pieces Of A Real Heart". Christian Today. February 10, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sanctus Real Introduced 'Pieces Of A Real Heart'". BREATHEcast.com. January 22, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Sanctus Real To Release Pieces Of A Real Heart". CMZ (Christian Music Zine). December 7, 2009. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ "JFH News Shorts For Wednesday December 2, 2009". Jesus Freak Hideout. December 2, 2009. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Sanctus Real Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ Matthews, Kent; Hammitt, Matt (March 25, 2010). "Lives of deep honesty". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 17, 2010. 
  8. ^ Lyric liner for Pieces of a Real Heart. Sparrow Records, 2010.
  9. ^ 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards Nominees on DoveAwards.com