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Elliott Smith

American singer-songwriter

Elliott Smith

American singer-songwriter
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birthday
6th
August, 1969
Death
21st
October, 2003
Birth Place
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Birth Sign
leo
Biography

Steven Paul Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003), known professionally as Elliott Smith, was an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and lived much of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. Smith’s primary instrument was the guitar, though he also played piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style, characterized by his “whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery”, and often used multi-tracking to create vocal layers, textures, and harmonies.
After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994, with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars (KRS). In 1997, he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records, for which he recorded two albums. Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song “Miss Misery”–included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting (1997)–was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998.
Smith was a heavy drinker and drug user at times throughout his life, and was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression. His struggles with drugs and mental illness affected his life and work, and often appeared in his lyrics. In 2003, aged 34, he died in Los Angeles, California, from two stab wounds to the chest. The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted or the result of homicide. At the time of his death, Smith was working on his sixth studio album, From a Basement on the Hill, which was posthumously completed and released in 2004.

instruments played
bass
cello
clarinet
drums
Guitar
Harmonica
Piano
Vocals
Associated Acts

Heatmiser Quasi Mary Lou Lord Pete Krebs No. 2 Beck

Birth Name

Steven Paul Smith

Genres

Indie folk indie pop indie rock lo-fi

Occupations

Musician singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalist

Years Active

1991 2003

Name

Elliott Smith

Nationality

United States of America

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