We Need Each Other

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We Need Each Other
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 12, 2008
StudioFabmusic, Franklin, TN, The Smoakstack (Nashville, TN
GenreChristian rock, CCM, pop rock, indie rock,[1] folk rock
LabelSparrow/EMI CMG
ProducerChristopher Stevens
Sanctus Real chronology
The Face of Love
We Need Each Other
Pieces of a Real Heart
Singles from We Need Each Other
  1. "We Need Each Other"
    Released: 2007
  2. "Whatever You're Doing (Something Heavenly)"
    Released: 2008
  3. "Turn On the Lights"
    Released: 2008
  4. "Sing"
    Released: 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Christianity Today4.5/5 stars[3]
Jesus Freak Hideout4.5/5 stars[4]
4.5/5 stars[5]
Evade the Noise3.5/5 stars[6]

We Need Each Other is the fourth album released by Christian rock band Sanctus Real. It was released in the United States on February 12, 2008 through Sparrow Records.[7] It debuted at #153 on the Billboard 200. Three songs have been released as singles: "Whatever You're Doing (Something Heavenly)", "Turn On the Lights", and the title track "We Need Each Other".


We Need Each Other was recorded over a few months in 2007, beginning in the middle of the year.[8] The album's name had not yet been decided in late August 2007,[8] but in early November the working title was announced as Turn On the Lights.[9] However, by December 2007 the title was solidified as We Need Each Other.[10]

Christopher Stevens produced We Need Each Other as he had also done with band's previous release The Face of Love.[10] Lead singer Matt Hammitt explained that the album's title represents its general theme. "There's a longing for something bigger than oneself, a band, a song or a crowd of concertgoers. We need to come together as the body of Christ, unifying to see God’s work done through us. There’s so much simple truth in the statement, 'we need each other.' We can accomplish so much more if we stand together as one."[10]

Two musicians guested on two of the songs from We Need Each Other. It was the first Sanctus Real album to feature appearances from other musicians outside the band.[10] Singer Katie Herzig appeared on the song "Half Our Lives", singing a lead duet with Matt Hammitt.[10] Guitarist Peter York recorded the distinct guitar riffs for the track "Turn On the Lights".[10] Sanctus Real guitarist Chris Rohman has said that "Peter 'tore it up' in the studio and it turned out great! It's a highlight on the album".[10]


The album's first single, title track "We Need Each Other", was released on November 12, 2007.[9] It began increasing in radio airplay during December 2007,[10] and in February 2008, the song stayed at number 1 for three weeks on R&R's Christian contemporary hit radio chart.[11] The album itself was then released on February 12, 2008 and debuted at #153 on the Billboard 200, becoming the band's highest charting album to date on the 200 chart.[12]

The album's second single, "Whatever You're Doing (Something Heavenly)" was released in May 2008. A music video for the song debuted in the beginning of June 2008 and was filmed about a month earlier.[13] The third radio single "Turn On the Lights" was released in August 2008.

We Need Each Other went on to receive a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album.[14]

Track listing[edit]

We Need Each Other
1."Turn On the Lights" (featuring Peter York)Mark Graalman, Matt Hammitt, Chris Rohman, Christopher Stevens3:28
2."We Need Each Other"Graalman, Hammitt, Rohman, Stevens4:16
3."Black Coal"Graalman, Hammitt, Rohman, Stevens3:26
4."Whatever You're Doing (Something Heavenly)"Graalman, Hammitt, Rohman4:11
5."Sing"Graalman, Hammitt, Rohman, Stevens4:41
6."Leap of Faith"Graalman, Hammitt, Rohman, Stevens3:17
7."Lay Down My Guns"Graalman, Hammitt, Douglas Kaine McKelvey, Rohman4:17
8."Eternal"Graalman, Hammitt, Rohman4:27
9."Half Our Lives" (featuring Katie Herzig)Graalman, Hammitt, Rohman4:20
10."Legacy"Graalman, Hammitt, Rohman, Stevens3:43
Total length:40:06


Adapted from AllMusic.[15]

  • Matt Hammit – lead vocals
  • Chris Rohman – guitar, mandolin
  • Mark Graalman – drums
  • Dan Gartley – bass, backing vocals
  • Pete Provost – guitar
  • Christopher Stevens – production, engineering, mixing, programming, keyboards, vocals
  • Kevin Powell – assistant engineer
  • Christopher York – A&R
  • Jess Chambers – A&R
  • Hank Williams – mastering
  • Kevin Powell – assistant engineer
  • Paul Moak – engineering, guitar, glockenspiel
  • Katie Herzig – guest vocals
  • Jan Cook – creative director
  • Jeremy Cowart – photography
  • Kate Moore – cover design
  • Benji Peck – package design


  1. ^ Jared Johnson. "We Need Each Other > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-09-11.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Christianity Today review
  4. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  5. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review (second opinion)
  6. ^ "Evade The Noise review". Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  7. ^ "Sanctus Real – We Need Each Other". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-09-10.[dead link]
  8. ^ a b Anne Thomas (2007-08-28). "Sanctus Real in Studio, Preparing for Tour". BREATHEcast.com. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  9. ^ a b "Sanctus Real Release New Single 'We Need Each Other'". Soul Shine Magazine. 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sanctus Real Reminds Us We Need Each Other Feb. 12". CCM Magazine. December 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-11.
  11. ^ "Media Confirms 'Need' For Sanctus Real's Feb. 12, 2008 Release". Top40-Charts.com. 2008-02-18. Retrieved 2008-09-11.
  12. ^ "Artist Chart History – Sanctus Real". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-09-11.
  13. ^ "Sanctus Keeping Things Real". Top40-Charts.com. 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  14. ^ "51st Annual Grammy Awards Nominations List". Grammy Awards. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  15. ^ "We Need Each Other > Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-11-12.