Scott Stapp will speak at Pollstar Live! on February 5, 2020 in a candid discussion titled "Scott Stapp: Back In The Game", with Ray Waddell, president of OVG Media & Conferences. The solo artist, songwriter, and voice of CREED — one of the biggest rock bands in recent history — will share lessons learned and the realities of rebuilding his life and career at Pollstar Live!, the world's largest gathering of live entertainment professionals and the flagship event for Pollstar magazine at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, February 4-6, 2020.
After astronomical success through the early 2000's, subsequent backlash as CREED's sound became ubiquitous, and daily battles with the illnesses of addiction and depression, Stapp hit his bottom. He credits wife, Jaclyn, and MusiCares for intervening right as his family's stability and his life were in jeopardy.
Now, after five years of sobriety, relative quiet, and family life, Scott's commitment to recovery, healing, health, and family has led to his best album yet, "The Space Between The Shadows", which debuted July 2019 in the Top Five and Top Ten on rock and album charts in the U.S. and U.K. His first single, "Purpose For Pain", and follow-up, "Name", returned him to the radio charts. The rocker also recently announced plans for South American dates through November.
Over the past year, the now ultra-fit, thoughtful, determined Grammy-winning songwriter and powerhouse entertainer has reintroduced himself – now that he is himself. His comeback at radio has been a door-to-door effort, in interviews he has shared painful lessons of caution and encouragement, and he's roared through every tour date as though rocking the stadiums of his past.
"Scott Stapp is one of rock's all-time great vocalists, an extraordinary songwriter, and performer, both with CREED and as a solo artist, so we are thrilled to host him at Pollstar Live!," said Waddell. "Over the course of a fascinating life and career, Scott has learned many lessons and we look forward to him sharing his perspective on life, the music business, and reprioritizing what matters most."
An advance-track campaign ahead of "The Space Between The Shadows" album release on Napalm Records put the music first and let fans in early. The roll-out resulted in shows where the sing-alongs for new anthems rival the response to Scott's arsenal of megahits. Those new anthems include, "Purpose For Pain", about finding meaning in life's struggles; "Name", about ending destructive cycles; uplifting rocker, "Face Of The Sun"; and "Gone Too Soon", which honors musical peers and other victims of unexpected tragedy.
"The Space Between The Shadows" reflects the technicolor clarity of five years of sobriety, self-awareness, and a commitment to connect with others as he roars, rages, and copes with personal and universal injustice.