Five years ago, Wind-up Records recording artist Creed disbanded in what turned into an acrimonious split that left lead singer Scott Stapp and the rest of the band-guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall-on opposite sides, each pursuing separate careers, with Stapp as a solo performer, the other three forming Alter Bridge.
After three, multi-platinum albums in 1996’s My Own Prison (6 million), 1999’s Human Clay (11 million) and 2001’s Weathered (6 million), the last two debuting at 1 on the Billboard Top 200, selling a total of more than 26 million in the U.S. alone, with hits like “My Own Prison,” “Torn,” “What’s This Life For,” “One,” “Higher,” “With Arms Wide Open,” “My Sacrifice” and “One Last Breath,” Creed had hit a roadblock, both professional, and even more, personal.
A meeting at an Orlando hotel, where Stapp and Tremonti exchanged pictures of their families, resulted in reconciliation and a decision for Creed to tour with its original line-up. Not wanting the shows to spotlight just their past “greatest hits,” the reunited band entered the studio with noted producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, Flyleaf, Motorhead, Papa Roach), and the resulting album was aptly dubbed Full Circle, indicating Creed’s long journey to the present, or as Stapp and Tremonti both put it, “a second chance to make a first impression with each other and our fans.”
About Scott Stapp Of Creed
Independence Day 2010 will always have special meaning for Scott Stapp. It’s the date the 36-year-old Creed frontman and his wife Jaclyn Nesheiwat welcomed a boy into the world. Daniel Issam Stapp joins big sister Milan, 3, and 12-year-old half-brother Jagger, about whom Stapp penned the band’s No.‚1 single With Arms Wide Open. With such honest lyrics as I don’t know if I’m ready to be the man I have to be/I’ll take a breath, I’ll take her by my side/We stand in awe, we’ve created life,” the 2000 hit struck a chord with many new parents. Though Stapp penned the song as a nervous dad-to-be, he’s now an old pro.
“We’re broken-in parents; we know how to do it now,” he says. “But we’re lucky. D.I. only cries when he has a wet diaper or he’s hungry.” Stapp, who will play with Creed Aug. 31 at Cruzan Ampitheatre as part of the 2010 Tour,” can always use an audience when he’s rehearsing for his next solo album, due out early next year. The stuff he’s writing reflects his current personal situation. “i spend a lot of time sitting around watching my family, and I love my wife dearly so I wrote Crazy in Love for her,” he says. “I’m never done learning how to articulate about that, and I want to get it right. She and my daughter have changed my understanding of women.”