Scott Stapp Shines Bright on Latest Album Release


Scott Stapp has battled his share of demons. His struggle with addiction, depression and bipolar disorder have had an unfortunate impact on both his career and personal life, making him an easy and frequent target for viral gossip over the last decade. Although none of Scott’s on-stage antics or episodes sat well with critics or fans at the time, no one really knew the full story. The public didn’t know just how dark life had become for the former Creed frontman. After a four year gap, though, the Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter has returned with new music, and with it comes an insightful, eye-opening look into the storm that raged on inside the tortured artist, and how he came out the other side of it better than he’s been.

Scott Stapp

The Space Between the Shadows is a spiritual journey that is as therapeutic to listen to as it undoubtedly was for Stapp to write and record. This third installment of Stapp’s solo career tackles its share of heavy subject matter, whether it’s coming to terms with being abandoned by his father and promising not to do the same to his son on “Name” or seeking answers in the first radio single on the album, “Purpose for Pain” ,by the time we reach “Last Hallelujah,” the album’s closing track, no corner of the singer’s mental health is left unturned. Before we get to the climactic ending, though, we find hope as Stapp inspires us to look inward for the strength to be better, on songs like “Heaven in Me,” “Survivor,” and “Wake Up Call.”

While Stapp’s vocals are at their strongest on The Space Between the Shadows, as especially showcased on songs like “Red Clouds,” Face of the Sun,” “Gone Too Soon,” and “Mary’s Crying,” it’s his lyrics that shine brightest. In his most vulnerable state yet, Stapp reflects on the darkness surrounding him and discovers a light that pulls him through the pain. Filled with lessons to be learned, self-observations, and the resistance to fight the demons within us, this latest release from one of rock music’s most known frontmen is the beacon that can guide us to a better place.


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Chicago native and Saint Xavier University alum (class of 2007), Amanda Walsh is an aspiring journalist with a strong passion for music and longtime love of writing. While in college, she spent her time volunteering as a radio DJ, working as the station’s Music Director, and serving as a regular contributing writer for the campus newspaper where she combined her love for music and writing. Between attending multiple concerts a month all over the city, interviewing various bands both in and out of the studio, and introducing her friends and show listeners to new artists (both local and national acts), it was during this time that Amanda really discovered her niche. Whether listening alone with her headphones or experiencing it live in person, music has always been Amanda’s safe haven and more like a religion, with concerts feeling more like going to church. Today the number of artist interviews under her belt continues to grow, as she strives to break new and up and coming artists before other outlets. She also continues to attend as many concerts as her bank account will allow. Her musical tastes range from “OMG you have to hear this” to “please don’t judge me,” and she is the person you want on your team in music trivia. She is also an avid enthusiast of the paranormal and anything in the realm of horror or the creepy and unnerving. With that said, she loves Halloween more than a normal person probably should and has a fascination with cemeteries. Aside from music and concerts, Amanda also enjoys reading, shopping and epic adventures. She's a sucker for a good mystery and anything acoustic. When she was a kid she wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. At the end of the day, if she had to describe herself with a song lyric it would be this – “I’m somewhere in between what is real and just a dream.”
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