Scott Stapp

Born: August 8, 1973
Orlando, FL, USA

Scott Stapp was raised by a strict pentecostal minister, and was rarely allowed to listen to any music with an electric guitar in it. His father believed rock music to be the music of the devil, and Stapp suffered through childhood lacking the inspiration he needed to properly outlet his creative energy. By the time he was a teenager, he was questioning the beliefs he'd had thrust upon him his whole life. While he was still a devout Christian, he knew that there was nothing wrong with the music that he liked. He met fellow classmate Mark Tremonti at prep school, and the two shared common dreams of writing songs and having a band. The pair lost touch, however, when Stapp's father moved the family to Tennessee. Stapp moved out of the strict household as soon as he could, though, and moved back to Florida, where he had first been inspired to become a musician. As fate would have it, he and Tremonti found each other again, and this time they would follow through with their plans to start a band. The year was 1995, and Creed was formed in Tallahassee, Florida. Although at first they would call themselves Naked Toddler, they would eventually change their names to Creed and put out a full-length demo CD entitled My Own Prison. The band formed their own label, Blue Collar Records, and promoted the CD to such a degree that it attracted major label inquiries. Turning down labels like Universal and Atlantic, the band turned to a small fledgling label called Wind-Up Records. This decision, largely Stapp's and Tremonti's, ended up being a very wise one. Creed was the first major act for the small label, and Wind-Up put all of their resources into promoting the re-release of the freshly remixed My Own Prison. They sweetened the deal for all of the biggest radio stations around the country, and soon songs such as "One" and "What's This Life For?" were in heavy (and we mean HEAVY) rotation. Three #1 songs later, Creed released their follow-up album, titled Human Clay. Striking while the iron was still hot, the single "Arms Wide Open" went to the top of the charts before the singles from the previous album had dropped off. Stapp's lyrics appeal to the majority of pop audiences because he has a tendency to by cheesy and sweet. Speculation about Stapp's sexuality and religious beliefs have only fueled the fire of the post-grunge benefactors, who undoubtedly will release many more albums in the future. Will Stapp's ego allow him to remain in a band that doesn't have his name in the title? Only time will tell.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Songwriter Vocals

Post-Grunge Resurgence

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