Steve Harwell

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Steve Harwell
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Harwell performing with Smash Mouth in 2013
Background information
Birth nameSteven Scott Harwell
Born (1967-01-09) January 9, 1967 (age 52)
Santa Clara, California, U.S.A.
OriginSan Jose, California, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • ukulele
  • guitar
Years active1990–present
LabelsInterscope, Beautiful Bomb, Universal
Associated actsSmash 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] He and bassist Paul De Lisle are the two constant members of the band since their formation.


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. He also performed 2 songs "Beside Myself" and "Everything Just Crazy" for the South Korean animated film Pororo, the Racing Adventure 2013. 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, with De Lisle taking over on vocals.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Harwell's six-month-old son, Presley Scott Harwell, died in July 2001 from acute lymphocytic 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, California.


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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. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  6. ^ Wilkes, Neil (September 21, 2005). "New 'Surreal Life' cast named". Digital Spy. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
  7. ^ "Smash Mouth Singer Leaves Stage In An Ambulance, Band Plays "All Star" Without Him". August 28, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Adele Slaughter (July 22, 2002). "Smash Mouth fights childhood leukemia". USA TODAY. Retrieved September 2, 2011.

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