He had it all: fame, fortune, possessions, loyal fans. Then it all came crashing down like a house of cards. Scott Stapp was at the pinnacle in the rock and roll world but the mountain had an earthquake and that earthquake was Scott Stapp.
In his memoir, Stapp recalls his childhood and formative years with two fathers: one who left and one who controlled. Wanting so bad to be accepted and praised, Stapp worked hard at school, sports, and church. Yet, he felt that performance was the only way to be accepted.
Enter rock and roll.
Stapp found an outlet for his frustrations and anger. The lyrics and music reached into a part of his soul, a dark part that he wished were not there. As the music spoke to Stapp, he wanted so much to express himself that he formed a band. That band would later come to be known as Creed.
Working hard, touring, and performing, eventually brought about what Stapp wanted: acceptance. However, he realized that his acceptance was based on his performance yet again. Struggling with all the “benefits” that came with being the front man of a hugely successful band, Stapp started to cope with alcohol and drugs. These addictions led to an out-of-control person who tried, more than once, to end the pain; permanently.
Yet, through it all, Stapp continue to seek God. He desperately wanted to be free of his past, his fears…his demons. He struggled and struggled but soon he found grace from a God who Stapp thought had abandoned him. Still a “work in progress”, Stapp’s book is a breath of fresh air for those wanting to find acceptance and freedom from a performance-oriented life.
(Here Scott Stapp give an interview about his book)