Guitarist, band leader and impresario Steve Creech was born on a farm near Kenly in Johnston County. He has been playing music since he was 6 and a member of his family quartet. He grew up in Kinston, where in high school he began playing professionally in bands, peforming original compositions as well as covers.
While a student at Wake Forest University in the late 1950s, he led the vocal quartet Steve Creech and the Creatures, for whom he did the musical arrangements, sang baritone, and accompanied on guitar. He also performed widely with Jimmy Briggs, the Kinston vocalist who later recorded on Capitol Records, and he played guitar with the Southerners, a combo and big band from Winston-Salem.
After graduation, Creech continued to perform with various groups in eastern and central North Carolina while obtaining master’s degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest and UNC-CH, where he also earned his PhD.
Creech worked professionally in counseling and administration in mental health services for more than 30 years, first at John Umstead Hospital in Butner, NC and for 23 years as Area Director of the Pitt County Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Area Program in Greenville.
Since retiring in 1997, Creech has maintained a busy performance schedule throughout the region, appearing with a variety of the area’s most talented jazz performers.