Scott Stapp - lead and backing vocals, occasional rhythm guitar
Mark Tremonti – lead and rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals, bass guitar on Weathered
Brian Marshall – bass guitar
Scott Phillips – drums, percussion, keyboards
Brian Brasher – rhythm guitar (1994–1995)
* My Own Prison (1997)
* Human Clay (1999)
* Weathered (2001)
* Full Circle (2009)
Creed is a rock band from Tallahassee, Florida that became popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The band disbanded in 2004 after three multi-platinum albums, selling 26 million records in the United States and an estimated 40 million records worldwide.
The band consists of lead vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall. They released two studio albums: My Own Prison (1997), Human Clay (1999) before Marshall left in 2000 to be replaced by touring bassist Brett Hestla. Afterwards came Weathered (2001) with Mark Tremonti handling bass before the band disbanded in 2004. Tremonti, Phillips and Marshall went on to found Alter Bridge while Stapp followed a solo career. After months of speculation, the original members of Creed reunited in 2009 for a tour and a new album called Full Circle.
Creed formed after Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti, friends at Florida State University and high school classmates at Orlando's Lake Highland Preparatory School, decided to form a band, recruiting Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips to complete the quartet in late 1994. Marshall later suggested the name Creed after the band he played in named Maddox Creed. The four members had already written and collaborated three of the songs that would go on to become tracks on their chart-topping debut album My Own Prison. The songs were "One", "Sister" and "What's This Life For".
Creed was discovered by manager Jeff Hanson when the band played a show at a bar he owns in Tallassee, Alabama. According to Hanson in an interview with HitQuarters, the band had played mostly cover versions but two original songs stood out and impressed the manager so much that he promptly signed them to Jeff Hanson Management & Promotions and set about developing their act. For their first recordings he matched the band up with John Kurzweg, a producer friend of Hanson's who, with his unobtrusive production style and talents as a songsmith and multi-instrumentalist, he felt was a great fit. Together they recorded their debut album My Own Prison for $6,000, which was funded by Hanson.