CHICAGO, IL (May 2012)—Tyndale House Publishers announces it has signed Scott Stapp, the GRAMMY Award-winning lead vocalist for the rock band CREED, to write his memoir with David Ritz. Releasing on October 2, 2012, Stapp will share for the first time the uncensored story of his rapid rise and then dramatic fall from fame.
During CREED’s decade of dominance and in the years following the band’s breakup, Stapp struggled with drugs and alcohol, which led to a much-publicized suicide attempt in 2006. Now clean, sober, and in the midst of a highly successful solo career, Stapp has finally come full circle and is ready to open up and tell his story.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Scott. He has such a phenomenal story—rock n’ roll, religion, fame, scandal, love, betrayal, addiction—it’s all there—and masterfully written,” said Sr. Acquisitions Director, Carol Traver. “The manuscript is raw, very candid, and extremely compelling.”
Stapp candidly shares his story—from his fundamentalist upbringing, the rise and fall of CREED, and his ongoing battle with addiction, to the rediscovery of his faith and the recent launch of his solo career. He also talks about, with great candor and humility, how his faith was formed, tested, matured, and solidified—complete with all of the slips and struggles he encountered along the way. This gripping memoir is proof positive that God is always present in our lives, despite the mess we may make of them.
“God has performed miracles in my life. I have seen them with my own eyes. It is because of those miracles that I am alive and able to write this book,” says Stapp.
Stapp hopes to lay to rest many of the rumors and misconceptions about him that have made headlines over the last decade. And, most importantly, it is his desire to reach those that the church does not reach with his story of redemption and the hope and faith he has found in Christ.
About the Author . . . Scott Stapp is the Grammy Award-winning lead vocalist for the rock band CREED. He has sold 35 million records, and his first solo album was certified double platinum. In 2000, he founded the With Arms Wide Open Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting healthy relationships between children and their families. Scott lives in Florida with his wife, Jaclyn, and their three children.
David Ritz has written books with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, and Aretha Franklin, and is the only four-time winner of the Rolling Stone Music Book of the Year Award. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Roberta.
Tyndale House Publishers, founded in 1962, is one of the largest privately-held Christian publishers of books, Bibles, and digital media in the world. Tyndale is the publisher of many New York Times bestsellers and contributes its dividends and a portion of its profits to the non-profit Tyndale Foundation, which makes grants to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world. Originally founded to publish the Living Bible, a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible that became a global publishing phenomenon, Tyndale now publishes the Holy Bible, New Living Translation (NLT), the translation of choice for millions of people.