Gentlemen, start your solo albums?
In a partnership made in red-state heaven, former Creed frontman Scott Stapp has announced a partnership with NASCAR that will see tracks from his solo album, The Great Divide, used in spots for the sport's Chase for the Championship. The alliance will culminate with Stapp performing the national anthem at the Ford 400 race in Homestead, Florida, on November 20.
The Great Divide roars into stores two days later.
It's not the first time Stapp has partnered with NASCAR. In December 2004, he sang a version of Creed's "Higher" at the auto-racing juggernaut's end-of-the-year awards show in New York City, a performance that drew the ire of his former bandmates (see "Alter Bridge's Tremonti Says Forget About A Creed Reunion").
In the time since Creed called it quits under less-than-friendly circumstances, Stapp has remained quiet, preferring to spend most of his time working on his debut. When he did speak to MTV News last month, on the set of the video for Divide's first single, the title track, he spoke freely about his past mistakes, many of which he addresses on the album (see "Scott Stapp Admits To Drastic Failings, Looks To The Past For Solo LP"). But he was also eager to talk about the new Scott Stapp, an individual who, as it turns out, is very much in touch with his sexy side.
"A lot of the songs have a sexuality to them, a vibe to them," he said. "I'm still a rock artist, man, and I still love to rock, so there's the crossover stuff I have a tendency to write, and the heavy stuff too. But there's a whole lot of the sexy stuff in between. And that's where I think I've grown, in the in between. I call it sexy rock and roll."
Though he's aligning himself with NASCAR, his album has some touches that might seem a bit odd to the average stock-car fanatic, including a song produced by Canadian hip-hopper 7 Aurelius ("Relearn Love") and a planned guest appearance by actor Jamie Foxx on a song called "Broken."
"Jamie and I have met a few of times, actually. At a [Miami] Heat game, in Vegas a couple of times. I had something written for him, and I knew he played piano, and I was like, 'Hey man, maybe you can play on this and maybe do some background stuff,' " Stapp said. "So I invited him to come by the studio. But he got busy with 'Miami Vice' — they're shooting it in South Beach (see "Jamie Foxx Coaxes Sidney Poitier Out Of Retirement For Clip") — so we're kind of playing it by ear, and if he can't get away from the set, then he won't play on it. We'll see."
But whoever ends up on the album, Stapp is just excited that it's finished and can't wait for people — NASCAR fans and otherwise — to have a listen.
"I wanted to show a different side of myself on this album. I stepped outside — on purpose and on accident — a lot of times," he said. "I feel like I've grown as a songwriter. On our last album, Weathered, I felt like I kind of knew what I was doing, but on this one I definitely do."