Scott Stapp Releases Autobiographical Music Video for ‘Purpose for Pain’

Scott Stapp has released a new music video for the song “Purpose for Pain” that reveals in a new way how intensely personal the track is for the former Creed frontman.

The video tells a story of childhood abuse and darkness, leading to temptations towards addiction. You can watch the music video, directed by Daniel E Catullo III, below.

The song is the lead single from The Space Between the Shadows, due in July– Stapp’s long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Proof of Life. He will also be embarking on a tour in support of the album, with tour dates available at

This song, like all of Scott Stapp’s impressive discography, is born of the reality that he is no stranger to struggles. As the video portrays, a trouble past and history with addiction and mental illness have often threatened his purpose. But his music still comes out swinging in affirmation of the truth:

There’s so much to lose
There’s so much at stake
Gotta turn this around
And find the purpose for pain.

Keep up with Scott Stapp as The Space Between the Shadows approaches by following him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

JR Bareis Joins Spoken

Today Spoken announced that guitarist JR Bareis (of Love & Death, formerly of Islander) has officially joined the band.

“We’re so excited to announce that JR is now part of the SPOKEN family. He is now an official member of Spoken,” Matt Baird, who helms the band, shared on social media. “We’re currently busy writing for the new Spoken record, as well as planning out tour plans for 2019. Welcome to the next chapter.”

Earlier this year, Spoken ran a GoFundMe campaign to fund their new music. Spoken’s upcoming album will follow IX, which released in 2017. JR Bareis is still also working on Love & Death’s long-awaited sophomore album alongside Brian “Head” Welch.

For further Spoken news in 2019, find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Anberlin Announces Summer 2019 Comeback Tour

After a few teasing one-off dates over the past 6 months, it’s official: Anberlin is preparing to go on a full tour.

It’s been 5 years since Anberlin ended their career with a final world tour and a final album, Lowborn. Their first return came in the form of a show with Underoath in Florida. That show spawned a few more, and now they’ll be touring this summer.

“We couldn’t be more excited to finally be able to announce our Summer 2019 tour dates,” Anberlin said in a Facebook post this morning. “After nearly 5 years away, we have missed everyone out there, so we are coming back out to see you all!!”

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10:00 a.m., and you can find them at There’s been no news yet of if their return might include some new music, but Rock On Purpose will share updates as we have them.

To keep up with Anberlin’s revival, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Out Of Black Releases Music Video for ‘Animal’

Out Of Black has released a music video for their song “Animal” (featuring Jake Jones). The video premiered at

The song, which we previously reviewed here on Rock On Purpose, was produced by Jake Jones (As We Ascend) and Andrew Stanton (Disciple). It was mastered by Robert Venable (As We Ascend). The music video was shot and edited by Missy Black.

To keep up with Out Of Black, make sure you’re following them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Lacey Sturm Launches Preorder for the ‘Reflect Love Back Soundtrack’

This week, Lacey Sturm launched the preorder for the Reflect Love Back Soundtrack, a group of songs birthed from the same devotional space that resulted in her Reflect Love Back study.

All preorders come with an instant download of the song “The Return.” You can preorder the project here.

“These songs came out of just sitting still with God, meditating on scripture. I wanted to show people the beautiful things that come out of making it a habit to meet with God in the morning and evening,” Lacey explained in an email to fans.

Another way the songs are closely tied to the study is that Lacey chose to incorporate background vocals from members of the community that grew around the devotional series. “It was important to me to capture what God was doing in the hearts of some of our Reflect Love Back community as they sang along as well,” Lacey said. “You will hear their voices soaring throughout the songs. I believe each one of the voices on this album has an important aspect of God’s heart to bring into the world.”

The raw, stripped back project will be the first from former Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm since 2015’s Life Screams. For continued updates on Lacey’s music, tour dates, and writing ventures, find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Disciple Launches The Rebel Society

Disciple has launched a new way to interact on a deeper level with their fans through a subscription system called The Rebel Society.

The Rebel Society operates through Patreon, a service designed to connect creators directly with their most dedicated supporters. Disciple shared a little bit more about how The Rebel Society came about in an official announcement video, which you can watch below.

There are four initial tiers available for fans to choose from: $1, $5, $10, and $50. All levels gain access to an exclusive Facebook group. At higher tiers, fans also have access to segments that include spiritual reflections from lead singer Kevin Young (“Nothing Left Unsaid”), behind-the-scenes recording insights from guitarist Josiah Prince (“Track Talk”), and personal musings from drummer Joey West (“Joey’s Journal”). The incredible range of content available also includes Disciple’s podcast being revived (with a bonus segment just for Rebel Society members), a monthly acoustic song, and behind-the-song stories.

The newly launched project won’t be replacing Disciple’s other venues for fan support and interaction (such as their social media presence or longtime street team The Alliance). Rather, it provides an opportunity for dedicated Disciple listeners to engage on a deeper level.

You can join The Rebel Society at To keep up with Disciple’s other news as they prepare to release a new album later in 2019, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Poetic Descent Releases Weighty New Single ‘Pariah’

Poetic Descent has released a new single titled “Pariah,” a song that takes an unflinching look at those the church chooses to bar from its doors.

The song leans towards the melodic, with a smooth melody in the chorus (but plenty of screams layered in to give the song a punch). Poetic Descent members Jared Lacey and Adam Thompson created the collaborative song with help from Jake Bryant (Dangerkids) and Joel Holycross, their manager and former bandmate.

The music video for the song premiered today as well via Metal Nexus. You can see all download and streaming options for the track at

Poetic Descent is a duo born out of former band Mayfly, focusing on raw and redemptive themes. You can learn more about them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Death Therapy Releases New Song Featuring Spoken’s Matt Baird

Death Therapy has released the latest song from their upcoming album, a track titled “It’s OK,” featuring Matt Baird of Spoken.

The song follows close on the heels of “Feels Like Fiction,” a track featuring Garrett Russell of Silent Planet. Both songs are tastes of the band’s upcoming sophomore album Voices, which you can preorder here:

Voices drops on April 12. Death Therapy is the project of Jason Wisdom, formerly of Becoming the Archetype. Their 2017 album The Storm Before the Calm turned heads and won them major festival placements. To learn more about them and stay tuned for news surrounding the album release, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Heart Support Hosts Gala Attended by Metal Giants like Matty Mullins, Austin Carlile, Garrett Russell

Heart Support, the mental health centered organization founded by August Burns Red’s Jake Luhrs, hosted a Flourish Gala. The gala’s speakers, panelists and attendees including iconic metal musicians like Matty Mullins (Memphis May Fire), Austin Carlile (former Attack Attack and Of Mice & Men), Garrett Russell (Silent Planet) and Ryan Kirby (Fit For A King).

“Last night at our Flourish Gala, Dr. Michelle Saari asked everyone in the room to raise their hand if they or someone they love has struggled with mental illness. Every. Single. Hand. Went. Up,” Heart Support shared on their Instagram. “She then asked how many people have lost someone they love to suicide, another room full of hands. This is a crisis. Our country is HURTING. We each have the opportunity to heal. It starts with love.”

The gala built community, awareness and raised funds for Heart Support’s ongoing initiatives, which include awareness initiatives, crisis response and an upcoming festival launch. You can learn more and donate by visiting

“It was such an honor to be able to share my heart along side these fellas last night at the @heartsupport Gala! I couldn’t be more proud of @jakeluhrsabr & the HS team,” Matty Mullins shared after the event.

It was a sentiment Garrett Russell, who has a Masters in psychology, also shared. “They have created, and continue to foster a community that plays an instrumental role in the lives of so many people. I’ve personally met several people who are alive due to their work.”

To learn more about the life-saving work that Heart Support is doing, follow them on Instagram and Facebook, and visit their official website.

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