Creed was formed in 1995 in Tallahassee, Florida, by lead singer Scott Strapp and guitarist Mark Tremonti, who were old school buddies. They recruited drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall to round things out and got to work. While on the search for a label, the band produced My Own Prison. The album was slow to gain popularity, and it wasn't until an executive from Wind-up Records heard the album and saw the band in concert that Creed got a break. According to All Music Guide, it was re-mixed to appeal to the radio listening audience, and the album was re-released under the new label. It almost instantly became a smash success and has since sold over 6 million copies. It also spawned four popular singles, "My Own Prison," "What's This Life For," "Torn," and "One."
Spurred on by the reception of their debut album, Creed returned to the studio and recorded Human Clay. Released in 1999, it proved that Creed was a band to contend with when the album landed at number one on the Billboard 200. It has since become the band's best selling album as well as one of the best selling records of all time, with over 11 million copies sold. It spawned a number of popular singles, including the number one hit "With Arms Wide Open." However, problems within the band were beginning to appear. In 2000, Brian Marshall left the band, just before the recording of their third album, Weathered began. The band steamed ahead, with Tremonti taking up bass playing duties for the album, and adding Brett Hestla during Creed tours.
Weathered, released in 2001, turned out to be yet another hit for Creed. At over six million records sold, it tied the previous album in chart placement, again reaching number one. The band released six singles this time around, including the top 10 hits "My Sacrifice" and "One Last Breath." After touring in support of the album, the band released a compilation album, Greatest Hits, in 2004. It too was successful, charting at number 15 and selling over two million copies, according to the RIAA.
However, by this time, the signs of strain within Creed were beginning to show again. Strapp was facing prescription drug abuse problems, and around the same time the band released Greatest Hits, they finally broke up. Strapp embarked on a solo career, while Tremonti and Phillips re-grouped with Marshall and began the band Alter Bridge. In the intervening years, Strapp checked into a rehabilitation clinic and cleaned up. In 2008, a report on Blabbermouth.net began rumors began that the band would reunite. In April of 2009, the reports were confirmed on the band's website, announcing a new tour and upcoming fourth studio album.