Grammy-winning songwriter, powerhouse frontman for CREED, and platinum-certified solo artist Scott Stapp has debuted the video for his new single, "Purpose For Pain", revealing an autobiographical rush of memories, from abuse, to escape, and going from bad to worse before finding the beauty in life's hard-learned lessons. The single is the first from Stapp's upcoming album, "The Space Between The Shadows", which will be released in July via Napalm Records.
The video features an intense performance by Scott and his band intercut with the narrative of a young boy's escape from the pain of an abusive home. As he runs down a lonely road, his journey goes from bad to worse when he is offered a chemical "solution" for his pain, but refuses, knowing there's a purpose for his life outside of the struggles he's enduring. He then arrives at a makeshift fort he's created where he's covered the walls with pictures of his dreams, his hopes, and hand-written reminders to keep believing and stay strong. There, the boy breaks in frustration and pain. He screams, grieves, and lashes out in a moment of doubt fearing he will never overcome his situation. He then continues to run, desperately searching for answers and peace. He finally stops on a mountain top, gazing up towards the heavens, looking out into the great unknown knowing one day he will find freedom, peace, and the life he dreams of, if he just holds on to hope, knowing this struggle, this pain, will not last forever. He just has to hold on.
With lyrics that insist "there's got to be more cuz this life is insane. Gotta turn this around and find the purpose for pain," and considering Scott's real-life story of recovery, it's clear which choice will win in the end.
Long time CREED/Stapp collaborator, director Daniel E Catullo III filmed Stapp's performance in Puerto Rico where the rocker recently performed a sold-out show at the Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A Ferre Theater. The narrative of "young Scott" was shot on location in Joshua Tree, California and portrayed by actor Omar Mughannam.
"I've worked with Scott for many years now and consider him one of my dearest friends," said Daniel E Catullo III. "I was honored to be able to collaborate with him on this video and to direct the first video on the album.
"Coming up with creative ideas is always fun with Scott, and it is an extra bonus that we think alike in so many ways.
"For this video, it was a true collaborative effort and we went back and forth on a bunch of ideas until we decided on the final storyline. I think the final video captured the essence of the song perfectly."
Stapp is known as frontman for CREED (over 50 million albums sold worldwide), and for his work as a solo artist who released the platinum-certified "The Great Divide" (2005) and "Proof Of Life" (2013), which featured his first solo Billboard No. 1, "Slow Suicide".
Stapp went through a highly publicized, drug-inflamed meltdown in 2014, after which he entered into an intensive rehab program. Stapp also lost custody of his three children during this period, while also missing a court hearing and allegedly threatening to kill President Obama.
Stapp is now sober and in intensive therapy. He takes medication for bipolar disorder — a condition that causes unexpected shifts in mood, energy and activity levels — works through a 12-step program, and meets with a sponsor, saying, "Nothing is more important than my sobriety."
Scott will embark on a cross-country summer tour in late June.