You'd probably not be surprised to find a photo of Creed frontman Scott Stapp next to "angst" in the dictionary. His songs, both for the band and for his solo projects, have been largely delved into the darker parts of his psyche.
But his second solo album, 2013's "Proof of Life," has a more positive outlook.
"I think it's about finding a purpose within the madness, finding a message within the mess," explains Stapp, 40, who wrote the songs for "Proof of Life," while also working on his 2012 memoir, "Sinner`s Creed." "I think encapsulating, reaching, balance, clarity, contentment, peace and love -- I think that kind of summarizes 'Proof of Life.' I really feel like (the album) proves that the last 10 years mattered and that all of the struggle mattered and I didn't waste all that time.
"It's a story and a journey and an education and proof that there was life in that period and that is also going to effect he rest of my life in such a profound way as to never allow me to go back to that place in which these revelations were born.
"That's dynamic change and, for me, unprecedented growth."
Stapp is happy to be showcasing the new material on the road, but he promises we haven't heard the last of Creed, which last toured in 2012 and whose other members are also in the band Alter Bridge --
"I love those guys and always will and want the best for them in everything they do," Stapp says. "Right now I think we're all just focused on what we're doing. When it's organic and when it can be fulfilling and joyful and real and not so much about what managers and record companies want, I think definitely the door's always open for that.
"But right now, just as they're doing what they're doing, I'm loving what I'm doing and loving the spirit and the organic, creative spontaneousness of it. That's what art and music's call about."
Scott Stapp, Like a Storm and Frequency 54 perform Saturday, March 28, at the Machine Shop, 3539 Dort Highway, Flint. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 810-715-2650 or visit www.themachineshop.com.
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