The charismatic lead vocalist of the legendary rock band Smash Mouth, Steven Scott Harwell, is an American musician and singer who was born on January 9, 1967. At the age of 56, he passed away on September 4, 2023.
Harwell’s musical journey started out in the rap scene with the group F.O.S. (Freedom of Speech). Hearing Dr. Dre’s groundbreaking 1992 album “The Chronic,” though, caused his musical path to suddenly change. His attention shifted from rap to rock as a result of his realization that the musical landscape was changing.
In 1994, Greg Camp formed the band Smash Mouth. Alongside Harwell, Kevin Coleman, and Paul De Lisle, the band achieved remarkable success.
Their song, “All Star,” which became a worldwide hit in 1999, was what really made them famous. After appearing in the well-liked 2001 movie “Shrek,” the song saw a resurgence and made it to the top 10 in the US. “All Star” was an anthem for a generation thanks to its memorable lyrics and memorable melody.
In addition to performing music, Steven Scott Harwell demonstrated his versatility by appearing on radio and television programs. As a featured cast member of VH1’s reality series “The Surreal Life,” he gave fans a peek into his life away from music in 2006. Additionally, he had a brief cameo in the 2001 movie “Rat Race.”
Harwell was capable of even more. Two of his songs, “Beside Myself” and “Everything Just Crazy,” were included in the 2013 South Korean-Chinese animated film “Pororo, The Racing Adventure.”
Harwell encountered many obstacles in his career. In 2016, while performing with Smash Mouth in Urbana, Illinois, he passed out on stage and needed immediate medical attention. His bandmates’ perseverance and commitment to their craft were evident as they continued without him.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Smash Mouth was the main act at the controversial Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota in August 2020. With his impassioned statement about being “human once again,” Harwell made headlines, but the event subsequently gained notoriety as a superspreading event.
Harwell’s actions at a beer and wine festival in October 2021 took a worrying turn when he made crude gestures, looked drunk, and announced his retirement due to unresolved health issues.
Cause of Death
Harwell passed away from liver failure at his home in Boise, Idaho on September 4, 2023.