Rock band Creed’s lead singer Stapp fills void in life with Christcomment (1)
April 24, 2014
By Leann Callaway
As the lead singer of the internationally acclaimed rock band Creed, Scott Stapp helped the group earn enormous success and popularity — selling more than 30 million albums, scoring 11 No. 1 radio singles and savoring a Grammy Award for best rock song “With Arms Wide Open.”
However, Stapp paid a high price for success.
While performing concerts around the world Stapp was easily persuaded by the perils of the music industry.
Although Stapp had grown up attending church regularly and made a profession of faith at an early age, he admitted falling apart emotionally, physically and spiritually at the height of the group’s fame and glory.
As he battled addictions and suffered from depression the effects of Stapp’s lifestyle left him feeling completely empty inside.
No matter what he did nothing could fill the void in his life — until he surrendered his life to the Lord.
With his life spinning out of control Stapp found redemption just before hitting rock bottom.
While committing to change his ways and turn his life around he reconnected with Christ who was waiting with arms wide open.
“For years I was slowly killing myself,” Stapp said. “Drugs and alcohol want to kill you instantly but they’re patient and will take their time. The same is true of toxic relationships. I had to declare the most obvious of truths — that I had been torturing and poisoning myself in an attempt to snuff out my soul.
“My heart tells me that God is always there even when you feel your breath fading from your lung. God is reaching out to accept you in ways that renew your spirit and energize your soul.”
Realizing that he had been given a second chance at life, Stapp wanted to spend it living for Christ. He chronicles his journey of transformation and rediscovery in the book “Sinner’s Creed.”
Today as Stapp performs concerts he realizes the importance of using his musical gifts for God’s glory.
He recently released a solo album “Proof of Life,” which features a collection of songs that focus on his walk with the Lord. He also is currently on tour to promote the project and recently garnered his first No. 1 Christian radio hit with the song “Slow Suicide.”
“I think once I rediscovered the purpose for my life and realized that the proof I had been looking for was right in front of my face, I finally recognized what God was doing in me and needed to share that message with others,” Stapp said.
“When you find the light that can pull you out of darkness you want to scream that from the mountaintops and tell everyone else living in the darkness: ‘I’ve found the light. Let me help you.’ That’s when I realized that it was time to make this record and share this story.
“It’s been a process of really understanding God’s grace and what Christ has done for me. I think the most important thing that I want people to take away from this record and my story is that God can take a mess and make it a message. What the world throws away, God can give purpose.”