There is no better way to open a window into the complicated world of a musician like Scott Stapp than to listen to his music.
Scott Stapp's latest album, The Space Between the Shadows which fell off last week is driven by the song "Purpose for Pain". The outstanding single mines were the turbulent time that the singer had left since his last record in 2013 to be inspired. "Purpose for Pain" clearly has a strong message with a chorus that sounds like a subdued sledgehammer:
There must be more / Because this life is crazy / Must reverse it / And find the purpose of the pain / There is so much to lose / Yes, there is so much at stake / I have to turn around / And find the purpose of the pain
Given all that Stapp has overcome, the unsubtle message of the song is a powerful statement of Determination and resilience.
In search of what he could not lose
The 45-year-old Stapp became the front man of the post-grunge outfit Creed, one of the biggest rock acts of the millennium (the band has not released any new) material since 2009 and is currently running). This success led to a solo career and two records in 2005 and 201
"The biggest thing that started my transformation was finding sobriety," said Stapp speaking in a low, measured tone. "By finding sobriety, I was also able to get to a place where I could treat my underlying depression."
One of Stapp's biggest challenges was even admitting that he needed help, even though his relapses were very public. However, after the last incident, he knew he had his last chance.
"What really brought me to the turning point was the line in the sand my wife gave me by saying" Me and the kids or … "we have to go, you have the choice & # 39 ;," he said. "Fortunately, I had a brief moment of clarity and it really sunk in. That's something I could not lose."
He maintained his routine throughout the writing and recording process, which he believes was the key to the production of the work
Fittingly enough, Stapp's listeners have given the album's single title a double meaning, with heavy guitars and droning drums, "Purpose for Pain" is tailor-made to be a certain kind of aggressive, punchy room hymn, Stapp said he has one "Mass wave" seen by new supporters in the social media, most of which were bodybuilders and coaches who linked to the song on fitness playlists. "What's ironic is when someone in a gym after I get the song off From the perspective that I had, I heard it in a whole new way, "he said pain, I had a goal, I tried for five miles under 40 minutes get.
Stapp's greatest hope is that anyone who uses the song as a training inspiration will find the other meaning. "It can connect with them on another level if they hear it in a different environment, in a different mood," he said. Once the listener becomes accustomed to a deeper meaning, he hopes that they can face up to their problems in order to "take the mess and make it a message."
Stapp's new album and tour is a highlight of the last five years and he is excited to continue his fitness program, but he will not let that success put him out of the way. His goal is still what helped him to face his demons five years ago.
"My ultimate goal is to preserve and love my family," he said.
"Routine is so important," he continued. "There has been a dramatic impact on every aspect of my life, and I hope that those who have heard me last in a dark time will see that change can happen."
Stapp knows that he has not reached this point alone, and He has a message for everyone else who goes through similar processes: "You need to find out what works for you and not give up. Keep trying. I am firmly convinced that at some point you will find something for yourself that can really change your life. Brett Williams