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Creed Biography

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Birth Place: United States
Years Active: 1994–2004, 2009–present
Genres: Hard Rock, Grunge

Creed is an American rock band formed in 1994 in Tallahassee, Florida. The band consists of vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips. They released two studio albums, in 1997 and in 1999, before Marshall left the band in 2000 to be replaced by touring bassist Brett Hestla. In 2001 Mark Tremonti took over playing bass before the band disbanded in 2004. Tremonti, Phillips, and Marshall went on to found Alter Bridge while Stapp followed a solo career.

Their debut album “My Own Prison” was released in 1997. It was certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA in 2002 and is one of the top 200 selling albums of all time in the United States. It featured such songs as "One," "Sister," "My Own Prison," and "What's This Life For."

“Human Clay” was released in 1999 and debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart at number one, based on the strength of its first single, "Higher", which spent several weeks on the top of the rock radio charts. It wasn't until early 2000 that the single crossed over onto pop radio going to the Top Ten on the Billboard Pop Chart, and Creed became a household name. The follow-up single, "With Arms Wide Open", also hit number one that fall. This gave the band seven consecutive chart-topping hits on rock radio.

In the fall of 2001, "My Sacrifice," the first single off Creed's third album was used in a series of promotional tribute videos made by World Wrestling Entertainment. The song peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on February 9, 2002, and #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for 9 consecutive weeks, starting in December 2001. "Bullets" was released as a single, along with a costly, special effects-laden video. The song and video were possibly Creed's least successful since achieving mainstream success. However, Creed rebounded quickly, with one of the summer's biggest hits, "One Last Breath." The album, titled “Weathered,” was released on November 20, 2001 and was also Creed's first and only album without bassist Brian Marshall. The bass on the album was performed by Tremonti. On June 4, 2004, Creed officially announced their break-up.

In June, Creed's original lineup performed together for the first time in nine years on AOL Sessions, showing the band playing four of their hits. “Full Circle,” Creed's first album in eight years, came out on October 27, 2009. The first single from “Full Circle,” "Overcome," was posted on the band's official website on August 19, the same day the radio premiere started along with its release as a digital download on August 25. The second single, "Rain," was released to radio stations on September 23 and became available on October 6 as another digital download.

Creed was one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the late 90s and early 2000s, having sold over 26 million records in the United States and an estimated 35 million records worldwide. Their first three studio albums, have all gone multi-platinum in the United States, selling 6 million, 11 million, and 6 million copies respectively. The band won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for the song "With Arms Wide Open" in 2001.