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The multi-talented Joel McCreight comes from a family of musicians. His father, Paul, who was a gifted musician, taught him how to play bass at 9 years old while he was also taking piano lessons. Two of Joel’s aunts were church pianists and organists all of their lives. Joel’s uncle, Bill Mack, was a brilliant bass player who went on to play in the famous rockabilly band Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps in the 50s and 60s and later played at the Grand Ole’ Opry.

Joel started performing his own original songs for his recitals by age 11 and wanted to be a classical composer until he discovered rock and roll which inspired him to learn the drums and then the guitar by age 13. He started his first band at age 15 which lasted through his high school years. During that time he experimented with recording and engineering music production, when he wasn’t busy practicing all of the instruments he plays.

Since the age of 18, Joel has been a professional musician. Playing for artists such as The Promise, JAG, My Friend Stephanie, Geoff Moore and the Distance, and the Jennifer Knapp band. Playing with these bands gave Joel the opportunity to work in world-class recording studios with producers and engineers such as Billy Smiley, Tedd T, Brent Milligan, Julian Kindred, Richie Biggs, and Armand John Petri. Joel also toured with chart topping artists such as Collective Soul, Judybats, Newsboys, dcTalk, Jars of Clay, Audio Adrenaline, and many more. Some notable achievements include a Grammy nomination in 1998 for the Christian Rock Album of the Year, for the album Threads by Geoff Moore and the Distance where Joel was the co-writer on the majority of the songs. Several of the songs made their way into the top 10 on Christian rock radio and the band received a Dove award from Gospel Music.

Joel McCreight

In late 1999, Joel moved back to Greenville, SC and began to bring his modern rock style of guitar playing to a number of large church worship programs in the Upstate of SC, such as Brookwood Community Church, Marathon Church, Seacoast Church, Buncombe Street United Methodist, Take Heart Church, and Berea First Baptist Church. Joel regrouped with his band mates in Evan’s Dilemma in the mid-2000s where he is the singer, guitarist, keyboardist, and principle songwriter. In 2006, Joel produced the album “Shine Baby Shine” along with award winning engineer Noel Golden (Edwin McCain, Velvet Revolver, and more).

In 2016 Joel built his own home recording studio and produced and engineered the Evan’s Dilemma album “Under The Sun”, released in late 2018. Since then, Joel has begun to work with other artist such as Bill Mallonee (Vigilantes of Love / VOL), Life As Mary, Randomonium and many others. He has also production credits on commercial music and various sound production projects. Due to growing demand, Joel has moved his studio to Golden Strip School of music where he will continue to grow the recording business as well as teaching and holding workshops on home recording techniques and songwriting.

To meet Joel and learn more about recording, engineering and/or songwriting call us at 864-626-3330

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