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Name: Scott Stapp                                                                     
Birth name: Anthony Scott "Stevus" Flippen                                             
Born: 8 August 1973 Orlando, Florida, U.S.                                             
Scott Stapp (born Anthony Scott Flippen, August 8, 1973, in Orlando, Florida) is       
an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead singer of the now             
disbanded post-grunge/alternative rock group Creed.                                   
Stapp attended Valencia College in Orlando, where he received his associate's         
degree in the arts. He then attended Lee College (now known as Lee University)         
in Cleveland, Tennessee, and Florida State University, where Creed was formed.         
During interviews, he does not discuss the meanings of his lyrics, preferring         
instead to let the lyrics speak for themselves, but he has told the Christian         
press that he is a Christian even though he has struggled with several personal       
Stapp cites The Doors, particularly Jim Morrison, as one of his principal             
musical influences and performed with the surviving members of the band for a         
televised concert in 1999, as well as the Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the         
Doors tribute album. On VH1's Behind the Music special on Creed, Ray Manzarek of       
The Doors said, "When you hear Scott Stapp singing, it's kind of shocking 'cause       
it sounds so much like Jim Morrison."                                                 
In 2004, Creed officially announced its breakup and Stapp began working on his         
debut album, The Great Divide, which was released in 2005. The other members of       
Creed went on to form Alter Bridge with former Mayfield Four vocalist Myles           
On February 10, 2006, Stapp married Miss New York USA 2004 winner Jaclyn               
Nesheiwat in Miami, Florida, his second marriage and her first. They welcomed         
their first child, a baby girl named Milan Hayat Stapp, on January 4, 2007.           
He was previously married to Hillaree Burns for 16 months -- before divorcing in       
1999 -- and has a son from that union, Jagger Stapp, the subject of the song "With     
Arms Wide Open".                                                                       
Stapp has been ordered not to come into contact with his wife, Jaclyn, or enter       
their home in western Boca Raton, FL except to use the "recording studio."             
This restriction was placed as a condition of his release from the Palm Beach         
County Jail for allegedly assaulting his wife by throwing a bottle of Orangina         
within inches of her face.