Matt Hammitt’s 9-year-old son Bowen was born with a hole in his heart and is scheduled to undergo his third open-heart surgery on Wednesday, July 31. His tragic health struggles, however, did not hold Bowen back from pursuing his dream of writing and recording music.
Bowen, with the assistance of his father who is Sanctus Real’s former frontman, lately released a heart-wrenching four-song EP called Safe Right Here. You can see the unique visual below for the title track. In addition to featuring Matt singing with Bowen, the EP also involves guest vocals from MercyMe’s Bart Millard and Mike Scheuchzer, Citizen Way’s Ben Calhoun and Tim Timmons.
“Many of you know that we’ve called this project Bowen’s ‘music wish.’ Granting this wish has become one of the greatest honors of our lives as his parents, as we have pursued it by his side,” Matt Hammitt explained on social media. “Six months ago when found out his surgery would be this summer, we made the decision to pursue Bowen’s dream of recording and releasing his music. We had no idea what a beautiful adventure it would be for him, and for us.”
Matt added, “As Bowen faces his third open-heart surgery this Wednesday, July 31, again we place his heart in God’s hands. With hope, we will believe for a good outcome while knowing that the outcome is beyond our control. ”