Lacey Sturm

Lacey Sturm (nee Mosley) rose to fame in the early aughts with the hard rock band Flyleaf. Her distinctive voice and shiver-inducing screams helped propel Flyleaf to multi-platinum success with hard rock hits "I'm So Sick" and "I'm Sorry." With the band, she released three albums and an EP before amicably parting ways in 2012 to focus on family and faith. As a solo artist, she contributed a number of songs to wide-ranging beneficiaries, from the Underworld: Awakening soundtrack (2012's "Heavy Prey") to a compilation inspired by Christian evangelist Billy Graham (2013's "The Reason" and "Mercy Tree"). In 2014, she released her first book, a memoir titled The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living (Baker Books) about her spiritual journey and Christian faith. The forward was written by Korn's Brian "Head" Welch, himself a vocal evangelical Christian, who, along with Sturm, is part of the Whosoevers, a youth-focused positivity movement that also counts P.O.D.'s Sonny Sandoval as a member. A year after her book debuted, Sturm returned to her hard rock roots, recording her debut LP, Life Screams, with husband/guitarist Josh Sturm, Skillet's Korey Cooper, and ex-Evanescence member David Hodges. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sturm's solo support was rounded out by Tom Gascon on drums and Ben Hull on bass. First single "Impossible" combined her unmistakable voice -- a howling member of the Karen O, Brody Dalle, and Amy Lee pantheon -- with chugging blasts of guitar that will be familiar to her Flyleaf fan base. Life Screams was released in February 2016. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

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