Everyone loves a comeback story, especially when it sounds so good.
Scott Stapp went from the top of the world with Creed, to some really dark days. Struggling with addiction and bipolar disorder, the frontman's fall from grace was highly publicized and scary to watch. Now, with the help of MusiCares he has five years of sobriety and is getting back on track with his first solo single in years.
"Purpose For Pain" arrives as the first listen to Stapp's upcoming album The Space Between the Shadows, due out in July. In a release he explains the song "is about seeking a higher meaning, a spiritual mentality when dealing with our struggles and life’s painful moments." It's aggressive and uplifting, as Stapp shouts down the demons of his life, turning his struggles into inspiration. "There are unexplainable, dark times that everyone goes through, and that pain is real. If we can dig deep and hold on to hope during the most difficult situations, believing there is a purpose waiting for us on the others side, we can find meaning and clarity that gives us the strength to keep fighting.”
Again, Stapp has gone through a lot, but has emerged strong on the other side. He did so with a commitment to himself and with the helping hand of others like MusicCares. The organization is an extension of the Recording Academy and helps better the welfare of the music community, including but not limited to addiction recovery.
“I still have a lot of music ahead me and without MusiCares that wouldn’t have been possible” explained Stapp earlier this year. “They provided support and helped educate my wife and I on what we were going through, that it was a disease, and if I did my part, it could be treated and recovered from."
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