After seeing the film "The Passion Of The Christ
," Scott Stapp
had an epiphany. While Mel Gibson
's controversial movie didn't exactly inspire a religious rediscovery in the former Creed
frontman, the lesson he learned was a lot more fundamental.
"The [film] basically inspired me to readdress my feelings about love and what true love is," Stapp
explained. "Seeing what Christ
did and why he did that, it inspired me to rethink how I love. Basically, I wanted to relearn love."
," the first single from The Passion Of The Christ: Songs
, a 12-track album of music inspired by the film (slated for release on August 31), is proof of Stapp
's re-education. The tune actually was written before he saw the film, during a period marked by personal problems, including a divorce and the breakup of his band. Seeing the tortuous depiction of the final days of Christ
furthered the personal transition Stapp
was already undergoing.
"It put my life in perspective," he said. "When I think I have it bad, or when I'm feeling down or complaining or trying to place blame on certain things, I think about what Christ
did for me and what he endured, [and] it puts things in the right order. What have I got to complain about? What I need to do is buck up and deal with this. When I saw that sacrifice and commitment, I wondered if I could learn how to love just a tenth of what that sacrifice symbolized, it would help me grow as a person. The movie basically made me re-evaluate myself, and how I can be a better person. How can I give and show people compassion and caring and love better than I do now?"
The album will coincide with the DVD release of "The Passion Of The Christ
." A video for "Relearn Love
," is scheduled to be filmed Tuesday with directors the Brothers Strause
). "We had asked from the beginning if there was going to be a soundtrack, if there would be anything we could do music-wise," said P.O.D.
's Sonny Sandoval
. "And now there's a lot of music inspired by the film. Anybody who saw the film and wants to artistically, through music, express their feelings... that's why they're here."
Passion Of The Christ: Songs
is the first release slated for Lost Keyword Records
, a subsidiary of Wind-Up
(home to Creed
) that is dedicated to releasing pop music. Rock records will continue to be issued by the parent company.
Track list for The Passion Of The Christ: Songs
, according to Lost Keyword Records
01. Third Day
, Steven Curtis Chapman
- "I See Love
02. Scott Stapp
(featuring the Tea Party
) - "Relearn Love
- "Truly Amazing
04. Brad Paisley
and Sara Evans
- "New Again
05. Big Dismal
- "Rainy Day
06. Lauryn Hill
- "The Passion
07. Kirk Franklin
(featuring Yolanda Adams
) - "How Many Lashes
(featuring Mark Hoppus
) - "The Empire
09. Charlotte Church
- "Finding My Own Way
10. BeBe Winans
and Angie Stone
- "Miracle Of Love
11. Dan Lavery
- "To Give Love
12. Big Dismal
- "Reason I Live
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