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Scott Stapp
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Stapp in 2008
Background information
Birth nameAnthony Scott Flippen
Born (1973-08-08) August 8, 1973 (age 45)
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • instrumentalist
  • Vocals
Years active1993–present
Associated acts

Scott Stapp (born Anthony Scott Flippen;[3] August 8, 1973),[4] is an American singer, songwriter, and musician, known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of rock bands Creed and Art of Anarchy. He has two solo albums: The Great Divide (2005) and Proof of Life (2013).

Stapp has received several accolades, including a Grammy Award for Creed's song "With Arms Wide Open" in 2001 and numerous RIAA certifications. In 2006, Hit Parader ranked Stapp as the 68th greatest heavy metal vocalist of all time.


Creed: 1993–2004; 2009–2012[edit]

Stapp is a founding member and lead vocalist of the American hard rock band Creed. After developing a friendship with an acquaintance, his future bandmate Mark Tremonti at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Stapp reunited with Tremonti while both attended Florida State University, and they quickly developed a friendship based on their mutual passion for music.

Stapp formed Creed with Tremonti in 1993 with fellow members Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips joining as bassist and drummer, respectively. Rhythm guitarist Brian Brasher was also briefly a member from 1993 until 1995. While often criticized and parodied, Creed is recognized by many as one of the major acts of the post-grunge movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The band released its debut album My Own Prison in 1997 to mainstream success, selling over six million copies.[5] Four singles were released from the album: "My Own Prison", "Torn", "What's This Life For", and "One". All four singles reached the top 3 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The album was then followed in 1999 by Human Clay, which was an immediate success and certified diamond and eleven times platinum by the RIAA.[5]

Existing tension between Stapp and Marshall began to increase during this time, leading Marshall to ultimately leave the band in 2000 to pursue other interests. He was temporarily replaced by touring bassist Brett Hestla,[6] with Tremonti handling the bass parts in the studio. After a tour, the band released another multi-platinum selling album, Weathered, in 2001.[7] The tour to support this record was overwhelmingly successful but ended with a considerably controversial concert in Chicago (in which Stapp mumbled along to five songs, took a nap backstage, then continued singing, without the rest of the band, before ultimately passing out onstage) that ultimately led to the band's breakup.[8]

The band announced that they had disbanded in 2004, citing tension between Stapp and the other members.[9] Creed released its Greatest Hits album in November 2004. After months of speculation, despite early claims from Tremonti that Creed would never return,[10] it was announced that Creed had reunited with plans for a tour and a new album.[11]

The fourth record, Full Circle, was released in October 2009. Creed supported the album by touring throughout North and South America, Canada, Europe, and Australia during the summers of 2009 and 2010.[12]

A fifth Creed album was expected in late 2011 or early 2012 according to Tremonti,[13] but never did materialize.

In March 2012, Stapp reconvened with his Creed bandmates to rehearse for their "2 Nights" tour, during which the band performed its first two albums, My Own Prison and Human Clay, back to back in their entirety.[14] It was announced that Stapp and Mark Tremonti would enter the studio to start recording new songs in June,[15] but no progress was made.

In October 2013, Stapp noted in an interview that extensive work was done on the new album throughout 2011 and 2012. However, the project was suddenly abandoned, and Stapp stated he was unaware as to why. Stapp also hinted that the relationship between himself and Tremonti had once again broken down, leaving the future of the band uncertain.[16]

In December 2013, Stapp elaborated on this, saying Tremonti is dictating to him what he wants the band's creative direction to be, and that Stapp does not want to work with him "under those circumstances".[17]

In January 2014, Stapp once again confirmed in an interview the personal and creative differences between him and Tremonti, stating that future material by the band looks unlikely to happen at the moment, and that he is concentrating on his solo career.[18]

Despite these differences, Stapp has maintained that the band is still together, if inactive, saying that "There's no real time table, we're still a band."[19][20] He has said he is always open to continuing to work on a new album when the time is right and if everyone can agree to continue.[18] However, in October 2014, Tremonti said flatly that the band has "no plans at the moment" to reform for another album or tour.[21] With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective, a compilation album, was released in 2015.[22]

Solo career and contributions: 2004–present[edit]

After Creed announced its breakup in 2004, Stapp recorded the song "Relearn Love" with 7 Aurelius and The Tea Party for the album The Passion of the Christ: Songs, a collection of tracks inspired by the 2004 Mel Gibson film The Passion of the Christ.[23] He then began working on his debut solo album. Titled The Great Divide, the record was released in the U.S. on November 22, 2005, peaking at No. 19 on the Billboard 200. "The Great Divide", "Justify", and "Surround Me" were released as singles. The album was certified platinum on December 14, 2005. The Great Divide has since reached double platinum.[24] His backing band for the record and live shows 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.[25]

Stapp was ranked as the 68th greatest heavy metal vocalist of all time by Hit Parader in 2006.[26]

On August 18, 2010, Stapp wrote: "I'm stripping down all the Creed hits, as well as my solo material, in a manner fans have never heard before but have long been screaming for."[27]

Creed's touring rhythm guitarist Eric Friedman joined Stapp on the acoustic tour.[28] The short solo acoustic tour began September 28, 2010, and concluded November 20, 2010.[29]

In the spring of 2010, Stapp recorded an anthem for the National League baseball team the Florida Marlins titled "Marlins Will Soar," a rewrite of Stapp's song "You Will Soar," using different lyrics and a slightly different melody in the verses. "Marlins Will Soar" was met with extremely negative reviews according to The Huffington Post.[30] In April 2010, Stapp released (free to fans via a new remix of "Broken," featuring rapper Ma$e, and 2 B-side tracks, "Somber" and "Criminal".

Stapp appeared on Carlos Santana's solo album Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, a cover album on which Stapp sings on the cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Fortunate Son". The album was released on September 21, 2010.[31]

Stapp confirmed in 2010 that his tentative second album, named Between Lust and Love, would be a double album, with each disc devoted to the topics of lust and love. Stapp said at the time, "It's been the dichotomy of my life over the last three-and-a-half, four years. [It has] characters that describe [my] life and times … It's two sides of the coin."[32] The album was produced by Stapp with veteran producer Desmond Child.[33] Eleven tracks from the album were recorded in late 2010, and Stapp thought to record ten more songs the following year.[34] In 2011, the album title was changed to Somewhere in the Middle of Lust and Love,[35] however due to the Creed reunion and tour in 2012, Stapp postponed the record to 2013, but finally was shelved indefinitely. A song from this unreleased album, "A Prayer For Sunrise", was released in 2012 to promote his autobiography titled Sinner's Creed.

In September 18, 2013, Stapp said his second album would be Proof of Life. It was produced by Howard Benson and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge. On October 8, 2013 the song "Slow Suicide" went to radio.[36] His backing band for the Proof of Life Tour consisted of Andy Wood and Travis Comer on guitars, former Daughtry touring bassist Andy Waldeck, and Breaking Benjamin and Black Label Society drummer Chad Szeliga.[37]

Art of Anarchy: 2016–2018[edit]

On May 3, 2016, Scott Stapp announced that he will replace Scott Weiland (who died on December 3, 2015) as the lead singer of Art of Anarchy.[38] His first single with the band "The Madness" was released in August 2016. The band released their second album and first with Stapp, also called The Madness on March 24, 2017.[39] Scott Stapp and AOA toured for The Madness in April 2017.[40]

Since being released the album has received high praise, Chad Childers from loudwire stated "The musicianship is strong, the writing connects and they have a disc that could go deep in terms of radio singles. The Madness is just the beginning of what looks like a bright future".[41] The album also received a 10/10 rating from Amps and Green Screens.[42] called Scott Stapp a "perfect fit" for Art of Anarchy. The site also said "This album has a really fresh sound that doesn't sound like any of the band members' other projects. Art of Anarchy has a great pedigree with Bumblefoot (Guns N' Roses), John Moyer (Disturbed) and Scott Stapp (Creed). Fans who like the heavier side of Creed will enjoy this album a lot as it really has a great hard rockin' vibe to it. The band seems to really have a great groove together and these are some of the most interesting and creative songs that I've heard from this genre in a long time ... Bumblefoot absolutely shreds on song after song." "The bass is super heavy and thick, which makes sense with Moyer on bass. The band is rounded out by brothers Jon and Vince Votta. I can honestly say that I like every song on this album.[43]

In February 2018 it was reported that Scott Stapp was being sued by his bandmates Vince and John Votta through Vince Inc. The band is suing Stapp for " allegedly failing to tour with the band and participate in promotional photo and video shoots and publicity events as required by his contract." The lawsuit is for $1.2 million which was filed in New York State Supreme Court. According to the lawsuit Stapp was paid $200,000 upfront for his services which Stapp allegedly did not provide. While his contract with Art of Anarchy did not stop him from going on solo tours the lawsuit claims if Stapp had dedicated himself to the band the same way he did his solo work, Art of Anarchy "would have had a successful concert tour and its record contract would not have been terminated". Stapp performed 80 solo concerts while only performing 18 with Art of Anarchy.[44][45]


In 2000, Stapp founded the With Arms Wide Open Foundation, a nonprofit organization "dedicated to helping underprivileged children and families around the world." The foundation has donated over $1 million to various causes.[46]

In early 2012, to provide musical therapy and promote fundraising for victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Stapp and his wife, in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, IsraAid, the U.S. Armed Forces, and the United Service Organizations, traveled to Japan and visited with victims of the tsunami in affected towns including Sendai and Ishinomaki along Japan's northeast coastline. Stapp also performed an acoustic show on board the USS George Washington at the Yokosuka Naval Base for U.S. troops stationed in Japan to thank and express his appreciation for them.[47]

Personal life[edit]

Anthony Scott Flippen was born in Orlando, Florida.[4] He was raised by his mother, Lynda, and his stepfather, Steven Stapp, a dentist, whose surname he took.[48] He believes in God. "I would feel a connection with God when I wrote the words and then when I would sing the songs, learning the songs, I would feel the Holy Spirit," confirmed Stapp in a 2013 interview. He wrote a memoir, Sinner's Creed, which was released by Tyndale House on October 2, 2012.[49] He has Native American ancestry.[50] He has a baritone voice.[51]


In 1997, Stapp married Hillaree Burns. They were married for sixteen months and divorced in 1998. Stapp has a son, Jagger, with Burns. After the couple's divorce, Stapp retained full custody of Jagger.[52]

On February 11, 2006, Stapp married Miss New York USA 2004 winner and model Jaclyn Nesheiwat.[53] Together they have a daughter and a son, who was born in 2010.[54][55] In November 2014, Jaclyn, filed for divorce.[56] The couple eventually sought help and continued together.[57]

Scott Stapp has bipolar disorder and commented that the diagnosis was "a big sign of relief, because finally, we had an answer".[58][59]

Legal troubles[edit]

In July 2002, Stapp was detained by Florida police and charged with reckless driving after he drove his SUV off the road before swerving back into the proper lane. He was released from custody after posting $500 bail.[60]

On Thanksgiving night of 2005, Stapp was involved in a fight with members of the band 311 at the Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore. According to 311 member SA Martinez, Scott made a disrespectful comment to his wife. 311 drummer Chad Sexton stated that he then confronted Stapp and asked him not to disrespect anybody, and Scott responded by punching him in the face. According to Martinez, in the follow-through of the punch, Stapp hit Martinez' wife, and Martinez responded by throwing a punch at Stapp. 311 bass player P-Nut Wills then got involved in the fight. After five minutes, hotel security broke up the fight and kicked Stapp out of the hotel.[61] Stapp claims that he did not instigate the altercation, and the director of security at the hotel stated that the fight "was definitely started by 311."[62] No charges were filed regarding the incident.

Stapp was arrested on February 12, 2006, one day after his second marriage, for suspected intoxication.[63]

On May 20, 2007, he was charged with one count of felony assault stemming from a domestic violence incident. Stapp was later set free on supervised release.[64] Stapp apologized to his wife and the public on May 23, 2007, and the charge was later dropped.[65]

In 2018, Vice Inc. filed a $1.2 million suit against Stapp for allegedly failing to meet contractual obligations with Art of Anarchy.[66]

Suicide attempts[edit]

In 2003, Stapp contemplated suicide after drinking a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey. He retrieved two MP5s from his collection and put the guns to his head, but did not pull the triggers after looking at a picture of his son, Jagger. He later stated he had been 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."[67] He later said that instead of killing himself, he fired a few rounds in his home. He said, "I was in the throes of prednisone coming out of my body [...] I shot a few rounds off and instantly was like, 'What the hell am I doing?' So I put the guns away and ran out to the garage and got the putty and patched the holes."[68]

Stapp explained in 2012 that he had attempted suicide in Miami in 2006, jumping over a balcony and falling 40 feet, fracturing his skull and breaking his hip and nose. He credited rapper T.I. with saving his life, stating "I laid out there for two and a half hours and my guardian angel showed up. He immediately took care of the situation and saved my life." The rapper, who had met Stapp when writing songs for the Passion of the Christ soundtrack in 2004, bonded with Stapp at the time over their fanship of Alabama college sports. Stapp stated "I found out later it was the only room left in the hotel and he came in off the street and came out, and as I'm laying on the ledge, blood fell to his feet and he looked up and he had an Alabama hat on. I said, 'roll tide,' and then he looked at me and put two and two together and really saved my life."[69] T.I said of the incident "Me and my partner, Phil, we checked into the hotel, we stepped out on the balcony, and when we stepped out on the balcony, we heard groans, moans, just sounds coming from the ceiling above the balcony, so we stepped back and we looked up and we saw that there was a dude up there. We didn't know who he was, he didn't know who we were. We just kinda exchanged a little dialog about how he got up there — all that had happened in the hours before — and pretty soon after that, we came to the conclusion that we should call for some help," he continued. "We asked if he was cool with us calling for help. He said it was a'ight, so we called the authorities, and the ambulance came and got him down."[70]

Solo discography[edit]

Further information: Creed discography and Art of Anarchy discography

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2005 The Great Divide
  • Released: November 22, 2005
  • Label: Wind-up
19 RIAA: Platinum[72]
2013 Proof of Life
  • Released: November 5, 2013
  • Label: Wind-up
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
2017 Live and Unplugged [A]
  • Released: 2017
  • Label: DiscLive Network[73][74]


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Main. Rock
US Rock
US Adult Top 40 Chr. Rock
2004 "Relearn Love" The Passion of the Christ: Songs
2005 "The Great Divide" 20 24 The Great Divide
2006 "Justify"
"Surround Me"
2013 "Slow Suicide" 38 42 1 Proof of Life
2014 "Dying to Live"
"Break Out"
2015 "Proof of Life" 2
"Only One"

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2005 "The Great Divide"
2013 "Slow Suicide"


  • A^ Stapp partnered with DiscLive to release a set of individually numbered live recordings, one for each of his 2017 Live and Unplugged tour dates.


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