"Always speak your mind and speak from the heart, and do what you love no matter what anyone says."
- Scott Stapp, November 14, 2001
In 1995, at the age of 22, Stapp knew he wanted to be in a band. Following in the footsteps of his idol Jim Morrison, Scott moved to Tallahassee, Florida, in search of like-minded musicians. Before long, he had hooked up with former high school friend Mark Tremonti, and together they formed Creed. What followed was every garage band's dream come true.
After signing with Wind-Up Records in 1997, Creed stormed city after city, winning the hearts of thousands of fans as they went. Their first release, My Own Prison
, produced four Number 1 rock radio singles, a record for a debut album. Their second offering, Human Clay
, made it onto a very elite musical list when it sold 11 million copies. Barely breaking stride, the band released their third album in November of 2001. Weathered
sold 887,000 copies in its first week and was certified 4x platinum by month's end.
Amid the frenzy of fame, Stapp found time for his other passions. His son Jagger, born in 1998, was the inspiration for With Arms Wide Open
, the song that in 2001 won the band a Grammy. The rock ballad also became the cornerstone of a foundation of the same name. In 2000, Stapp created the With Arms Wide Open Foundation to "protect the lives and well-being of children by seeking to ensure healthy, loving, nurturing bonds between children and their parents." WAWOF is one of many charities
of which Scott is a regular and active supporter.
Scott's energy, drive and compassion have seen him take on several different roles over the past 10 years of his career - from musician, producer and entrepreneur to loving father and generous benefactor.
On November 19, 2003, Wind-Up Records issued a press release
announcing that Scott Stapp was embarking on a solo project. With a solo album expected in 2005, and an acting career on the horizon, Scott's passions seem to grow stronger every day.