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Creed frontman Scott Stapp and his wife Hillaree are the proud parents of their first child, a boy, named Jagger.
The baby arrived on Wednesday, October 21st in their hometown of Tallahassee, Florida. Both mother and son are doing fine.
Stapp wrote a song, entitled "With Arms Wide Open", in anticipation of his son's birth. During his wife's pregnancy, he sang the tune to his unborn child repeatedly. Stapp was on-hand in the delivery room when Jagger arrived on Wednesday, singing "With Arms Wide Open" as he welcomed his son into the world. Creed has been playing the song, which has yet to be recorded, live on tour.
After much discussion by fans on the daily Creed Internet discussion group about sending gifts for his newborn child, Stapp issued the following statement to fans last week:
"As we prepare to welcome our child into the world we talked about the many other people and especially children throughout the world far less fortunate than us. We look forward to the congratulating cards, letters and e-mails that you guys might be planning on sending us, however we feel that rather than receive individual gifts, it would be more meaningful if we all collectively celebrated life by contributing to one organization that reaches out to children everywhere. We have chosen UNICEF. For those of you planning on sending gifts we suggest instead that you send a donation to UNICEF. We would like to get the fund started by contributing 5,000 dollars from us.
All Donations should be sent to:
US Committee for UNICEF
333 East 38th St.
New York, NY 10016
Attn: Tribute Program
Checks are to be made payable to: UNICEF
Creed's debut album My Own Prison was certified double-platinum by the RIAA in August. The Tallahassee, Florida, quartet made Billboard Monitor Active Rock chart history this past summer by being the first band to ever have three singles in the top 20 at the same time. The band's current single "What's This Life For" held the No. 1 spot on Billboard Monitor's Active and Mainstream Rock charts for 8 and 6 weeks respectively (it currently sits at No. 2).