Sanctus Real — The Real Story Behind Lead Me

by Janice

Sanctus Real - Pieces of a Real HeartEvery time I slip behind the steering wheel, I turn on our local Christian radio station. More often than not, the songs that play are just what my beaten up soul needs.

The first time I heard Sanctus Real‘s song Lead Me I almost had to pull the car over, the words ripped open so much of my own past, present, and future.

Even though Sanctus Real‘s lead singer Matt is singing from a father’s perspective, his song inspires me just as much as a mother, wife and daughter of God. I am so broken — and this song brings me to my knees.

I always wondered about the story behind Lead Me. Was Matt’s marriage the inspiration behind his words? How does his wife feel about the song? Where are they now?

I searched on You Tube to watch Sanctus Real’s Lead Me video and found this behind the scenes video where Matt and his wife share the real story behind the song, Lead Me.

I hope these videos are a blessing to you as well. Life is hard. And it brings us all to our knees eventually.

I love Sanctus Real’s music and ministry because they are “real.” They sing from the broken places, the shadows that many Christians never want to admit exist in their lives. That truth is what I need in my life. I can’t stand “perfect.” I don’t know about you, but I will never pretend my life is anything close to “perfect.”

When I was reading Sanctus Real’s blog, I was surprised to read the bass player Dan sharing openly about his divorce and the painful struggles with spiritual and emotional healing. (On his own blog, Dan shares the story of his divorce.)

If you are also need some “real” in your worship and healing, check out Sanctus Real.

And God Bless You!

Written by Janice, co-founder of the Mom Blog, 5 Minutes for Mom. I love talking with you — find me on Twitter at @5minutesformom and

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1 Toni June 8, 2011 at 6:17 am

I ADORE this song. I remember the first time I heard it I had about the same reaction as you. The one that gets me now is Blessings by Laura *I forgot her last name LOL*. And Francessica Bastelli’s Beautiful, Beautiful.


2 Janice June 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm

It is such a beautiful song!!
I will try to track down those songs too. :) THANKS!


3 Katie June 8, 2011 at 9:44 am

I had the same reaction to this song also. I still catch my breath when I hear it. I love the words and the meaning that we always need to ask God to lead us to be a better person, mother, daughter, wife or whatever we are. thanks for sharing.


4 Janice June 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm
5 Erica Mueller June 8, 2011 at 10:15 am

We had them here in concert a few months back and when Matt shared this story, live from the stage, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. It is such a touching song and message and a wonderful reminder that we can’t be good family leaders without Him!


6 Janice June 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Oh I would LOVE to see them live. :) They are so inspiring!


7 Sarita Edgerton June 8, 2011 at 10:26 am

My girls sing this song too and it cuts to my heart and my hubby’s every time! Thanks for sharing


8 Janice June 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm

awww so sweet! I also love to have Christian music playing so my kids are singing such positive lyrics.


9 Kelly June 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I love this – I remember the first time I listened to it….


10 mindy June 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

This was great to watch. It definitely spoke to me today. Thank you.


11 Janice June 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm

So glad! :)


12 still Blonde After all these YEARS June 10, 2011 at 7:47 am

Beautiful. THanks. Never realized you never knew you were a Christian before. So thanks for revealing this to me.


13 Robin ~ PENSIEVE June 10, 2011 at 8:45 am


I liked this song first because of its musicality, but then I *listened* and heard its message and loved it all the more (and I had to blog about it, too! Though I did so more in the form of a question–

I hear your heart, girl!


14 Alexandra June 10, 2011 at 10:32 am


This is an incredible story..
Painful, and real.

Thankyou for this post..true life.


15 Adena June 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

This is one of my fave songs and I’ve always loved Sanctus Real. Thanks for sharing the video; even though I listen to music all the time, I rarely look up videos to go with them.


16 cindy June 13, 2011 at 9:19 am

I heard, really heard the words one day while driving down the road and knew I had to get the CD and send it to my husband for Fathers Day. He has been in a Christian mens home for the past 6 months in NM. We are hoping that when he is done with rehab next month he will be able to move closer to me and our 8 yr daughter in NY to show her (by example) that he is ready to lead us (clean and sober) and eventually re-enter our home so our family can be together again. We miss him so very much. I cried so hard driving down that country road along the lake…….thank you Dan for writing and sharing this beautiful song. I hope and pray that millions of men (dads) hear this with an open heart.


17 silver tarnish July 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm

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18 Jeanine August 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

Thank you so much for posting. I too had the exact same reaction and felt it was speaking right to me as the wife/mom. I really relatd to the words Matt was singing and it tugged at my heartstrings and made me want to be a better wife/mother/daughter/sister and friend. I even made it my ringtone :-)


19 tj21 August 24, 2012 at 3:39 am

I’m a Husband and Daddy standing for my broken marriage. This song came to me one day on the radio, and it sums it all up so well. My weaknesses of the past, my strengths of the future. Thank you for linking the “Behind the Scenes”.


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