Steve Harwell

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Steve Harwell
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Harwell performing with Smash Mouth in 2013
Background information
Birth name Steven Scott Harwell
Born (1967-01-09) January 9, 1967 (age 51)
Santa Clara, California, U.S.
Origin San Jose, California, U.S.
Occupation(s) Musician
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • ukulele
  • guitar
Years active 1990–present
Labels Interscope, Beautiful Bomb, Universal
Associated acts Smash Mouth

Steven Scott Harwell (born January 9, 1967) is an American musician who is best known as the lead vocalist for the band Smash Mouth.[1][2][3][4]


Greg Camp formed Smash Mouth with Harwell, Kevin Coleman, and Paul De Lisle. Harwell was previously a rapper in F.O.S.[5]

Harwell was a featured cast member in the sixth season of the VH1 reality show, The Surreal Life, in 2006.[6] He has appeared on other television and radio shows, as well as making a cameo in the 2001 film Rat Race. On August 27, 2016, during a performance with Smash Mouth in Urbana, Illinois, Harwell collapsed on stage and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. The band completed the concert without him.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Harwell's six-month-old son, Presley Scott Harwell, died in July 2001 from acute lymphatic leukemia.[8] Subsequently, Harwell created a medical research fund in Presley's name.[8]

In 2010, he appeared on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at the Meal Ticket restaurant.

Harwell attended Prospect High School in Saratoga, CA.


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  4. ^ "Interview with Steve Harwell". November 1997. Archived from the original on December 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Q&A: Steve Harwell On 20 Years Of Smash Mouth And Coming To Terms With All Those "All Star" Memes". Stereogum. 2017-07-07. Retrieved 2018-07-22. 
  6. ^ Wilkes, Neil (2005-09-21). "New 'Surreal Life' cast named". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  7. ^ "Smash Mouth Singer Leaves Stage In An Ambulance, Band Plays "All Star" Without Him". 28 August 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Adele Slaughter (22 July 2002). "Smash Mouth fights childhood leukemia". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 

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