The record is the Creed singer’s fourth solo outing

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Scott Stapp [Sebastian Smith]

Scott Stapp has confirmed his new album, Higher Power. His fourth solo LP, the record arrives on March 15, 2024 thought Napalm Records. Stapp revealed a new single, “What I Deserve,” on Wednesday. The track features an appearance by award-winning guitar great, Yiannis Papadopoulos. Stream the official lyric video below.

“We all want back what we give,” Stapp says. “‘What I Deserve’ is about two people understanding who they are individually and coming to a place where they can express exactly what they each want, need, and deserve. The duality in the song is that both sides are expressing the same thing and coming to an understanding of the faults of the other. This song pleads both guilty and innocent with Yiannis’ guitar solo being the voice that articulates a chaotic search for deliverance and the epic release of passionate closure.”

The forthcoming Higher Power will be available on limited edition red splattered vinyl, which comes bundled with a vinyl slipmat cover and record butler. It will also be released on violet colored vinyl and CD. Fans can pre-order all versions now HERE.

Higher Power was born out of never ending consequences with triggered, yet naive defiance,” Stapp says of the record. “It’s the realities and realizations of being human in this experiment we call life – holding onto hope in the dark waiting for the light.”

The GRAMMY® Award-winning Stapp released his last album, The Space Between the Shadows, back in 2019. Anchored by the hit single, “Purpose for Pain,” the record also featured fan favorites “Face of the Sun” and “Survivor.” The album debuted at No. 3 on the US Current Rock Albums chart, the US Current Hard Music Albums chart, and the UK Official Rock and Metal Chart. It cracked the Billboard 200 at No. 137.

Creed are reuniting for a music cruise next year. The five day alt-rock excursion sets sail from Miami on April 18, cruising down to Nassau, Bahamas. In addition to headliners Creed, the trip will also feature 3 Doors Down, Buckcherry, Tonic, Vertical Horizon, Fuel, The Verve Pipe, Tantric, Dishwalla, Nine Days, and Louise Post of Veruca Salt.

“Creed Nation, the wait is over,” the band stated. “We are beyond stoked to announce that we will be reuniting on the Summer of ‘99 Cruise. We are honored by the unwavering support of Creed Nation throughout the years. It’s all for you. Creed is back! Let’s do this!”

Last year, Creed celebrated the 25th anniversary of their seminal debut album My Own Prison. The band reissued the record on vinyl for the very first time. Featuring the hits “Torn,” “What’s This Life For,” “One,” and “My Own Prison,” the multi-platinum album has gone on to sell over 6 million copies in the United States alone.

Released in 1997, My Own Prison marked the beginning of a rarified journey for Scott Stapp (vocals), Mark Tremonti (guitar), Brian Marshal (bass), and Scott Phillips (drums). Formed in Tallahassee, FL, in 1994, Creed was the brainchild of longtime friends Stapp and Tremonti, who first started writing together while attending Florida State University. Soon, the group gelled into a four-piece and set up shows around the city. It was at one of those gigs that Creed caught the ears of club owner and artist manager Jeff Hanson, who began working with the talented band. Hanson paired the group with producer, songwriter, and musician John Kurzweg, who recorded My Own Prison in his home. The self-released album became a hot commodity at local radio stations, selling more than 6,000 copies within its first month. Before long, Wind-Up Records discovered the young act—promptly signing them and re-mixing My Own Prison for wide release.

Creed have not toured together since 2013. Their last studio effort was 2009’s Full Circle, which featured the hit singles “Overcome” and “A Thousand Faces.” Since then, frontman Scott Stapp released his acclaimed third album The Space Between the Shadows in 2019. Guitarist Mark Tremonti churned out four Tremonti albums. Mark, along with fellow Creed members Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall, unleashed four more Alter Bridge albums including the masterful Fortress (2013) and their latest opus, Pawns & Kings (2022).