Creed Biography

Released in August 1998, Creed’s debut album, My Own Prison, quickly made an impact on the US Billboard charts, after initially being released independently six months earlier. The band was formed by Scott Stapp (8 August 1973, Orlando, Florida, USA; vocals), Mark Tremonti (b. 18 April 1974, Detroit, Michigan, USA; guitar/vocals), Brian Marshall (b. 24 April 1974, Jackson, Mississippi, USA; bass) and Scott Phillips (b. Thomas Scott Phillips, 22 February 1973, Valdosta, Georgia, USA; drums). Singer-songwriter Stapp put Creed’s connection with its fanbase down to the Tallahassee, Florida, USA band’s sense of personal honesty and integrity: ‘However they may interpret our music, I think they’re feeling the honesty and passion of it, and they know it’s sincere.’ Stapp had dropped out of Florida State University, where he was studying to be a lawyer, to pursue his musical interests. He became estranged from his religious parents, and most of the lyrics for Creed’s debut were written while he slept in his car. Despite his parental troubles, My Own Prison contained an unmistakably spiritual edge. Although there were similarities between Stapp’s vocals and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, the material was strong. Producer John Kurzweg worked on both versions of the album, with final mixing for the Wind-up reissue conducted by Soundgarden producer Ron Saint-Germain. The album reached a peak position of 22 on the US album chart.

Creed’s follow-up release, Human Clay, debuted at number 1 in October 1999, and helped establish the band as one of the most popular rock acts of the late 90s. Marshall left the band in August 2000, shortly before the comparatively gentle ‘With Arms Wide Open’ completed its long haul up the Hot 100 to the number one position. The track helped raised funds for the charity of the same name. The band’s third album, Weathered, debuted at number 1 on the US charts in December 2001, confirming Creed as one of the leading rock bands of the new millennium with combined world sales approaching 35 million.

After a lengthy series of tours to promote the album the band members finally called time on Creed in June 2004. Tremonti, Phillips and original bass player Brian Marshall teamed up with Mayfield Four vocalist Myles Kennedy to record as Alter Bridge. Scott Stapp released his solo debut The Great Divide in late 2005.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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