Lacey Nicole Sturm (née Mosley, born September 4, 1981) is an American singer and songwriter from Homestead, Florida, raised in Arlington, Texas. She is co-founder and former lead vocalist of the hard rock band Flyleaf. In February 2016, Billboard annou...
Lacey Nicole Sturm (née Mosley, born September 4, 1981) is an American singer and songwriter from Homestead, Florida, raised in Arlington, Texas. She is co-founder and former lead vocalist of the hard rock band Flyleaf. In February 2016, Billboard announced for the first time in its nearly nine-year history, that Sturm did what no other solo female in Hard Rock has ever done - topping their Hard Rock Albums chart at the No. 1 spot with her first solo release.
Early life and education
Sturm was an atheist prior to becoming a Christian.
In 2000, Sturm began to play with drummer James Culpepper. The pair worked with guitarists Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann. In 2002, Pat Seals, Flyleaf's current bassist, joined, forming a group named Passerby. Due to legal reasons, they renamed themselves Flyleaf in June 2004.
Sturm provided backing vocals on "Run to You" and "Born Again", two tracks on Christian rock band Third Day's 2008 album Revelation. Sturm received a pair of Grammy nominations at the 52nd Grammy Awards for her work with Third Day: "Born Again" was nominated for Best Gospel Song and Best Gospel Performance.
Sturm has also worked with Apocalyptica on their song "Broken Pieces" and with Orianthi on the song "Courage."
Sturm recorded a song, "Heavy Prey", for the Underworld: Awakening soundtrack.
On October 22, 2012, shortly before the release of New Horizons, Sturm revealed that she had amicably left Flyleaf. The album was nominated for the 2012 Rock Album of the Year Dove Award.
Sturm revealed on her website in September 2013 that she signed a publishing deal with Baker Publishing Group. Her first book was released in 2014 and her second is scheduled to be released October 2016.
The Whosoevers is a movement fueled by what the founders see as an overwhelming need to encourage individuals and speak purpose into the lives of millions around the world. The non-profit organization was founded in 2009 as a collaboration between Sonny Sandoval, Ryan Ries and Brian "Head" Welch with the intent to positively impact today's music, skateboarding and art culture. Ambassadors include Sturm, Annie Lobert, freestyle motocross athlete Ronnie Faisst, and lead singer of the band Islander Mikey Carvajal.
Sturm has a role in the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's worldwide video, The Cross, released in November 2013. Lecrae and Sturm share the video in honor of Graham's 95th birthday. She sings the final song: "Mercy Tree". An accompanying album, My Hope, on which Sturm has two songs, "The Reason" and "Mercy Tree" was released.
Sturm has previously been involved with Hot Topic, modeling for their clothing line LOVEsick.
She was also featured as a solo performer in Franklin Graham's "Rock the Lakes", "Rock the Range", and "Rock the River" evangelistic tours throughout mid-August and late September 2011 where she gave her testimony and sang two songs – a self-written song entitled "The Reason", and an acoustic version of "Born Again" by Third Day. Sturm performed at most "Rock the Lakes" and "Rock the River" events again in 2012.
Shortly after giving birth to her second son in August 2013, Sturm embarked on a nationwide speaking tour with Nick Hall of PULSE, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit organization. The ResetMovement is described on their website as empowering a generation to live fully for Jesus.
Sturm was a guest vocalist on the 2013 track "Take the Bullets Away" by We as Human.
In September 2014 Lacey Sturm's first book "The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living" was published. Sturm's book is an autobiography about her struggles in life, how she overcame them, and inspiration to those who are struggling themselves. "The day Lacey Sturm planned to kill herself was the day her old life ended. As an atheist who hated Christians, she thought church was a place for hypocrites, fakers, and simpletons. After a screaming match with her grandmother, she ended up in the back of a sanctuary, hating everyone in the room. But what happened in that room is The Reason she is alive today."
It was announced in March 2016 that her second book titled: The Mystery: Finding Love in a World of Broken Lovers will be available in October 2016. In this book Lacey shares her journey from heartbreak to wholeness with young women.
On October 13, 2014 Lacey announced via social media; Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, that she had a new band that was being put together. "[We're working on] solo project and we are calling it Lacey. The brilliant drummer Tom Gascon, amazing bassist Ben Hull, my husband Josh Sturm who's an awesome guitarist and I have written some of my favorite heavy rock songs ever. And we will be rocking them for you tomorrow night! I can't wait!" The band premiered October 2014 at The Blind Tiger in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Her debut solo album, Life Screams, was released in 2016 opening at No. 74 on the Billboard 200, topping the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart, No. 7 on Alternative Albums and No. 8 on Top Rock Albums.
On September 6, 2008, she married Joshua Sturm, the guitarist for the band Kairos, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The couple have two sons together.