SCOTT STAPP OF CREED
Scott Stapp’s artistic and personal journey has encompassed all the talent and torment imaginable in scaling to musical success. The founding member of Creed chronicled his questions, his quest for answers, and his dreams from faith to fatherhood in chart topping hits, “My Own Prison,” “Higher,” and “With Arms Wide Open,” which dominated the sonic landscape of the 90s-2000s. His soul-piercing lyrics backed by thundering rock riffs garnered a Grammy award, and countless other accolades of creativity and chart domination, not to mention legions of fans, who felt a kindred spirit in his honesty.
Creed toured extensively through its reign atop rock music, but for Scott, the musical machinery to keep the show going meant some terrible personal cost, as he battled depression. His creativity, passion, and desire to be transparent in his struggle were evident on his debut solo album, The Great Divide (2005), the Full Circle album from a “rebirthed” Creed in 2009, several tours, his starkly revealing memoir, Sinner’s Creed (2012), and his highly-acclaimed second solo album, Proof of Life, in 2013, which brought Scott’s first number one song on the Christian charts.
Scott’s personal ups and downs of life proved to be most harrowing. Through the immense love and support of his family and, grounded in faith, he has a tremendous drive and purpose in performing, writing, and singing. He is determined to bring hope to “even one person” who may be amidst the kind of struggle he knows. Today, he is sharing his stories with the world of redemption, hope, and inspiration as a theme of his music. This unique level of hope for him has reached a whole new dimension.
In gratitude for the many interventions and blessings made in his behalf, Scott devotes himself to “paying it forward” to others in need through numerous outreaches. He created the “With Arms Wide Open Foundation” in 2000 to help underprivileged children and families around the world. The foundation has donated over $1 million to various causes. He is also involved with CHARM (Children are Magical), which his wife founded to heighten the awareness of children’s issues and provide underprivileged youth with the tools to enrich their lives.