Grammy-winning songwriter, CREED frontman and platinum-certified solo artist Scott Stapp will release his new album, "The Space Between The Shadows", on July 19 via Napalm Records. Pre-order the album and get two instant-grat tracks — "Purpose For Pain" and "Name" — with two more to come — "Face Of The Sun" (May 31) and "Gone Too Soon" (July 12).
Stapp has posted a lyric video for "Name" to highlight a song that pledges to break the cycle of abuse. The track is a chill-inducing promise to protect his children from what he endured in his own youth. Stapp has performed the song live for select fans during radio visits and each performance has been met with pin-drop silence and standing ovations for lyrics like: "I am a son without a father. He gave his name and walked away. I am a man, now a father. And I swear my son will never know that pain. I was a child, I was abandoned. Too young to fight to have a say. Oh God what seemed so heavy handed. Made me the man I am today. It's so hard to forgive. Even harder to forget."
"Name" also gives the album its title, as Stapp vows to make his hard-learned lessons count: "I will... I will... be the space between the shadows. I will...I will... be the light inside the sorrow."
"The Space Between The Shadows" was co-produced by Scott Stevens and Marti Frederiksen, with additional production on "Purpose For Pain" by Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft. The album was recorded at Sienna Studios and Poppy Studios in Nashville, Tennessee and The Cabin in Los Angeles. It was mixed by Chris Baseford and mastered by Howie Weinberg and features ten original songs and two original bonus tracks.
Stapp is known as frontman for CREED (over 50 million albums sold worldwide), and for his work as a solo artist who released the platinum-certified "The Great Divide" (2005) and "Proof Of Life" (2013), which featured his first solo Billboard No. 1, "Slow Suicide".
Stapp went through a highly publicized, drug-inflamed meltdown in 2014, after which he entered into an intensive rehab program. Stapp also lost custody of his three children during this period, while also missing a court hearing and allegedly threatening to kill President Obama.
Stapp is now sober and in intensive therapy. He takes medication for bipolar disorder — a condition that causes unexpected shifts in mood, energy and activity levels — works through a 12-step program, and meets with a sponsor, saying, "Nothing is more important than my sobriety."
Scott will embark on a cross-country summer tour in late June.