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Scott Stapp

Background information
Birth name Scott Alan Stapp
Born August 8, 1973 (1973-08-08) (age 36)
Origin Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Genres post-grunge, hard rock, alternative metal, heavy metal
Labels Blue Collar
Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Associated acts Creed

Scott Alan Stapp (born Anthony Scott Flippen August 8, 1973) is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead singer of the band Creed.


Early life

Stapp was born Anthony Scott Flippen on August 8, 1973, in Orlando, Florida, to his mother Lynda and his biological father.[citation needed]

Stapp graduated from Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando and then attended Valencia Community College in Orlando, where he received his associate's degree in music.[1] He then attended Florida State University, where Creed was formed in 1995.

Music career

Creed (1995-2004, 2009-present)

After developing a friendship with guitarist Mark Tremonti, Stapp and Tremonti decided to form a band. After recruiting Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips, Creed was formed in 1995. Creed went on to sell three multi-platinum albums and became one of the most successful rock bands of the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 2004, Creed officially announced its break-up and Stapp began working on his debut solo album, The Great Divide, which was released in 2005. The other members of Creed went on to form Alter Bridge with former Mayfield Four vocalist Myles Kennedy.

During interviews before the reunion, Stapp did not discuss Creed, his relationships with the members of the band, or the meanings of his lyrics, preferring instead to let the lyrics speak for themselves. He has told the press that he is a Christian.

Stapp cites The Doors, particularly Jim Morrison, as one of his principal musical influences, and performed with the surviving members of the band for a televised concert in 1999, as well as the Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors tribute album. On VH1's Behind the Music special on Creed, Ray Manzarek of The Doors said, "When you hear Scott Stapp singing, it's kind of shocking 'cause it sounds so much like Jim."

After months of rumors about Creed releasing a new album, confirmation was given on the official Creed website on April 27, 2009. The band toured from August 6, 2009 to October 20, 2009 on a reunion tour and released their new album, Full Circle, on October 27, 2009, their first album in eight years.

Solo career (2004-2008, 2009-present)

The Great Divide was released in the U.S. on November 22, 2005, peaking at #19 on Billboard's Top 200 chart. However, due to certain controversies in Stapp's private life and overall mixed reviews of the album, it has sold poorly compared with the number sold during his time with Creed, although it was certified platinum in December 2007.[2] His backing band for the record and live shows since has consisted of Aristides Rincon and John Curry on guitars, Mitch Burman on bass, and Mark Archer on drums. They are all members of the band Goneblind.

Plans for a feature-length documentary about Scott Stapp are in the works to go along with his upcoming second solo album.[3]

In April 2008, Scott Stapp uploaded a cover of U2's "Running to Stand Still" on MySpace.

On August 8, 2008, Stapp posted an acoustic version of "Broken" which was on his previous record.

Originally, his new album was due in the second quarter of 2009.[4] However, because of the Creed reunion, the album was put on indefinite hiatus.[5]

Personal life

Stapp in 2002 before his change in hairstyle.

On February 10, 2006, Stapp married Miss New York USA 2004 winner (Miss FL America 2008) Jaclyn Nesheiwat in Miami, Florida, his second marriage and her first. Their first child Milan Hayat Stapp was born on January 4, 2007.[6] He was previously married to Hillaree Burns for 16 months, divorcing in 1999. She later gave birth to Stapp's son, Jagger. Creed's number one single "With Arms Wide Open" is about the birth of Jagger. Stapp also wrote a song called "Milan Song" about Milan Stapp. In 2006, Scott relocated with his family to Boca Raton.

Stapp stated he contemplated suicide sometime in 2003 after drinking a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey. He retrieved two MP5s from his collection, put the guns to his head, but failed to pull the trigger after looking at a picture of his son Jagger. He stated in an interview with Rolling Stone that he was convinced that anyone involved with Creed wanted him dead so he would become a "Kurt Cobain martyr-type" and increase record sales. Says Scott, "I had crazy thoughts going through my head."[7]

Stapp has also been the subject of controversy concerning an alleged pornographic video with another celebrity, Kid Rock (né Robert Ritchie). While the intended distributor of the video, World Wide Red Light District, defended its distribution rights, since it was presumably shot by several different individuals, the case was settled in 2007 in Stapp's favor. The video was said to contain graphic footage of Stapp and Ritchie participating in sexual acts while on their tour bus in 1999, and to be forty-five minutes in length.[8]


With Creed




Year Title Chart Positions Album
Main. Rock Pop 100
2004 "Relearn Love" - - The Passion of the Christ: Songs
2005 "The Great Divide" 20 84 The Great Divide
2006 "Justify" - -
"Surround Me" - -


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