Lacey Sturm

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Lacey Sturm
Sturm performing on November 1, 2009
Sturm performing on November 1, 2009
Background information
Birth nameLacey Nicole Mosley
BornHomestead, Florida, U.S.
OriginBelton, Texas, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • singer
  • author
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2000–present
LabelsFollowspot
Associated actsFlyleaf
Websitelaceysturm.com

Lacey Nicole Sturm (née Mosley, previously Carder) is an American singer and songwriter born in Homestead, Florida, and raised in Arlington, Texas.[1] She is a co-founder and former lead vocalist of the hard rock band Flyleaf. In February 2016, Sturm became the first solo female artist to top the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart with her debut release Life Screams.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Sturm was an atheist prior to becoming a Christian.[3][4][1] She had contemplated suicide and then ended up in a church where a man spoke to her what she believed to be words from God. She then converted to Christianity and broke up with her girlfriend.[5][page needed]

On September 6, 2008, she married Joshua Sturm, the guitarist for the band Kairos, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[6] The couple have three sons together.[7]

Musical career[edit]

Flyleaf[edit]

In 2000, Sturm began to play with drummer James Culpepper. The pair worked with guitarists Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann. In 2002, Pat Seals, Flyleaf's current bassist, joined, forming a group named Passerby. Due to legal reasons, they renamed themselves Flyleaf in June 2004.[8]

On October 22, 2012, shortly before the release of New Horizons, Sturm revealed that she had amicably left Flyleaf.[9][10] The album was nominated for the 2012 Rock Album of the Year Dove Award.[11]

Guest appearances[edit]

Sturm provided backing vocals on "Run to You" and "Born Again", two tracks on Christian rock band Third Day's 2008 album Revelation.[12] Sturm received two Grammy nominations at the 52nd Grammy Awards for her work with Third Day: "Born Again" was nominated for Best Gospel Song and Best Gospel Performance.[13]

Sturm has also worked with Apocalyptica on their song "Broken Pieces" and with Orianthi on the song "Courage".[14]

Sturm recorded a song, "Heavy Prey", for the Underworld: Awakening soundtrack.[15]

Sturm was a guest vocalist on the 2013 track "Take the Bullets Away" by We as Human.[16]

In 2020, Sturm performed as a guest vocalist in Breaking Benjamin's song "Dear Agony (Aurora Version)".[17]

Solo[edit]

On October 13, 2014 Lacey announced via social media that she had a new band that was being put together. "[We're working on] solo project and we are calling it Lacey. The brilliant drummer Tom Gascon, amazing bassist Ben Hull, my husband Josh Sturm who's an awesome guitarist and I have written some of my favorite heavy rock songs ever. And we will be rocking them for you tomorrow night! I can't wait!"[18] The band premiered October 2014 at The Blind Tiger in Greensboro, North Carolina.[19]

Her debut solo album, Life Screams, was released in 2016 opening at No. 74 on the Billboard 200, topping the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart, No. 7 on Alternative Albums and No. 8 on Top Rock Albums.[2] In 2017, Sturm toured with American hard rock band Letters from the Fire.[20]

In March and April 2018, Sturm plans to tour with Red, Righteous Vendetta and Messer.[21][22]

Sturm released the single "The Decree" from her upcoming album in May 2020.[23] The song was written by Skillet's Korey Cooper.[24]

Other work[edit]

Sturm has a role in the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's worldwide video, The Cross, released in November 2013. Lecrae and Sturm share the video in honor of Graham's 95th birthday. She sings the final song: "Mercy Tree". An accompanying album, My Hope, on which Sturm has two songs, "The Reason" and "Mercy Tree" was released.[25][26]

Sturm has previously been involved with Hot Topic, modeling for their clothing line LOVEsick.[27]

She was also featured as a solo performer in Franklin Graham's "Rock the Lakes", "Rock the Range", and "Rock the River" evangelistic tours throughout mid-August and late September 2011 where she gave her testimony and sang two songs – a self-written song entitled "The Reason", and an acoustic version of "Born Again" by Third Day. Sturm performed at most "Rock the Lakes" and "Rock the River" events again in 2012.[28]

Shortly after giving birth to her second son in August 2013, Sturm embarked on a nationwide speaking tour with Nick Hall of PULSE, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit organization. The ResetMovement is described on their website as empowering a generation to live fully for Jesus.[29]

The Whosoevers[edit]

The Whosoevers is a movement fueled by what the founders see as an overwhelming need to encourage individuals and speak purpose into the lives of millions around the world. The non-profit organization was founded in 2009 as a collaboration between Sonny Sandoval, Ryan Ries and Brian "Head" Welch with the intent to positively impact today's music, skateboarding and art culture.[30][31] Ambassadors include Sturm, Annie Lobert, freestyle motocross athlete Ronnie Faisst, and lead singer of the band Islander Mikey Carvajal.[32]

Books[edit]

In September 2014 Sturm published her first book, an autobiography, titled The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living.[33]

It was announced in March 2016 that her second book titled The Mystery: Finding Love in a World of Broken Lovers would be available in October 2016.[34]

Film[edit]

It was announced in July 2019 that a collaboration with Michael Kadrie would begin to write a screenplay for a feature film based on Sturm's book The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living.[35]

Discography[edit]

With Flyleaf[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[36]
US
Hard
Rock

[37]
US
Rock

[38]
US
Alt.

[39]
2016 Life Screams
  • Released: February 12, 2016
  • Label: Followspot
74 1 8 7

With Josh Sturm[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[36]
US
Hard
Rock

[37]
US
Rock

[38]
US
Alt.

[39]
2019 Reflect Love Back - Soundtrack Vol. 1 [40]
  • Released: July 19, 2019
  • Label: RLB Records/The Fuel Music

Solo singles[edit]

Year Title Peak position Albums
US
Mainstream Rock
[41]
2015 "Impossible" 29 Life Screams
2016 "Life Screams"
"I'm Not Laughing"
"Rot"
2017 "You're Not Alone"
2019 "The Return" Reflect Love Back - Soundtrack Vol. 1
2020 "The Decree" The Decree - Single

Music videos[edit]

  • "Rot" (2016)
  • "The Soldier" (2018)
  • "The Return" (2019)

Guest appearances[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living (October 7, 2014) Baker Books
  • The Mystery: Finding Love in a World of Broken Lovers (October 4, 2016) Baker Books
  • The Return: Reflections On Loving God Back (May 22, 2018) BakerBooks

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Môj príbeh". Mojpribeh.sk. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  5. ^ Sturm, Lacey (2014). The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living. Baker Books. ISBN 978-1-4412-4652-3.
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  7. ^ GMA (July 13, 2018). "Former Flyleaf Singer Lacey Sturm and Husband Josh Announce Birth of Third Child". The Gospel Music Association. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  8. ^ "The latest news, information, tour dates, pictures, mp3s, videos, lyrics and more". Flyleafonline.com. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  9. ^ "A Message". Flyleaf. October 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
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  12. ^ "StackPath". www.ccmmagazine.com. Archived from the original on October 11, 2008.
  13. ^ Donovan, Kevin. "Third Day Leads 'Gospel' Artists with 3 Grammy Nods". The Christian Post. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  14. ^ TeamIGA. "Orianthi: News: "Courage" Featuring Lacey Sturm of Flyleaf". Interscope Records. Universal Music Group. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - Underworld: Awakening (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Various Artists". iTunes Store. January 17, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  16. ^ "We as Human - We as Human - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  17. ^ "Breaking Benjamin, Lacey Sturm and Scooter Ward Have Completed Filming for Acoustic "Dear Agony" Music Video". October 14, 2019.
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  21. ^ Chad Childers (January 7, 2018). "Red Announce 2018 Tour With Lacey Sturm + Righteous Vendetta". Loudwire. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  22. ^ "Messer to release debut album on 4/20/18 - Tour with Red, Lacey Sturm and Righteous Vendetta | Alternative Addiction". alternativeaddiction.com. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
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  25. ^ "BGEA: My Hope with Billy Graham". Billygraham.org. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  26. ^ "iTunes - Music - My Hope: Songs Inspired By the Message and Mission of Billy Graham by Various Artists". iTunes Store. October 15, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
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  30. ^ Smith, Debra (Spring 2011). Price, Tom (ed.). "The Whosoevers - Bringing Youth to Christ". Calvary Chapel Magazine. Calvary Chapel Magazine. 47: 36–43.
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