The celebrated folk-punk singer/songwriter Elliott Smith rose from indie obscurity to mainstream success in 1997 on the effectiveness of “Miss Misery,” his Academy Award-nominated song in the film Great Can Hunting. A indigenous of Portland, Oregon, Smith started writing and documenting his initial songs at age group 14, later learning to be a fixture from the city’s growing music picture. As an associate from the music group Heatmiser, he debuted in 1993 using the LP Deceased Surroundings, issuing his initial solo work, Roman Candle, over the small Cavity Search label a calendar year afterwards. For his 1995 self-titled record, Smith signed using the observed Kill Rock Superstars label. Either/Or implemented in 1997, around once that filmmaker and longtime enthusiast Gus Truck Sant requested authorization to utilize the singer’s music in his upcoming Great Will Hunting. Smith also constructed a small number of brand-new music for the soundtrack, included in this “Miss Misery,” so when the Academy of FILM Arts and Sciences announced its Oscar nominations the next February, the monitor was a shock entry in the very best Original Melody category. Although he didn’t earn, Smith performed the melody live on the televised Oscar broadcast, showing up on-stage alongside superstars Trisha Yearwood and Celine Dion within a notably surreal musical minute. Smith’s DreamWorks label debut, XO, implemented afterwards in 1998. 2 yrs later he shipped Amount 8, which delved additional into lush agreements and orchestrations. For another 2 yrs, Smith labored over that which was to become his next record, From a Cellar on the Hill. He’d not really live to start to see the album’s conclusion, however. Towards the surprise of close friends and fans as well, Smith’s body was entirely on Oct 21, 2003, with two stab wounds in his upper body. Up to now, the coroner continues to be struggling to determine whether he dedicated suicide or was murdered, as well as the Los Angeles Law enforcement Department’s investigation continues to be open up. From a Cellar on the Hill premiered one year later on, just two times shy from the 1st wedding anniversary of his loss of life, and received warm essential nods. In 2007, the Get rid of Rock Celebrities label released a two-disc group of Smith’s unreleased function, which had been documented between 1994 and 1997. Entitled New Moon, the 24-monitor collection included three songs that were previously released on difficult to find compilations or soundtracks, including an early on edition of “Miss Misery” along with a cover of Big Star’s “Thirteen.” A profession compilation entitled An Intro to Elliott Smith arrived this year 2010, and in 2015, Smith was the main topic of a documentary known as Heaven Adores You; the soundtrack towards the film arrived in 2016.
Full Name Elliott Smith
Date Of Birth August 6, 1969
Died October 21, 2003, Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 1.75 m
Profession Actor, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Film Editor, Film Score Composer
Music Songs Between the Bars, Needle in the Hay, Waltz #2, Miss Misery, Say Yes, King’s Crossing, A Fond Farewell, Pictures of Me, Pretty, Son of Sam, Ballad of Big Nothing, Baby Britain, The Biggest Lie, Pitseleh, Alphabet Town, Angel in the Snow, Speed Trials, Everything Means Nothing to Me, Bottle Up and Explode!, 2:45 AM, Condor Ave., Rose Parade, I Figured You Out, Sweet Adeline, Some Song, I Didn't Understand, St. Ides Heaven, Tomorrow Tomorrow, Pretty Mary K, Happiness / The Gondola Man, Waltz #1, I Don't Think I'm Ever Gonna Figure It Out
Albums Roman Candle, Elliott Smith, Either/Or, XO, Figure 8, From a Basement on the Hill, Elliott Smith: Live at Largo, New Moon, An Introduction to... Elliott Smith, Heaven Adores You Soundtrack
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Song
Movies Heaven Adores You, Thumbsucker, Paperboys, Southlander, Strange Parallel, Good Will Hunting
Has a sister, who lives in Austin, Texas .
Formed the band "Heatmiser" during his college years. They released four albums: "Cop and Speeder," "Yellow No. 5" EP, "Dead Air," and "Mic City Sons," which was released right after the band's break-up, due to Smith's two solo albums, which caused tension amongst the group.
Had a tattoo of the state of Texas on his shoulder, not to honor it, but due to the fact that it shaped him into the man that he was, and he respected it. He looked back on his childhood spent growing up in Texas with animosity, reflecting on the many fights he had being the skinny kid who learned the hard way how to deal with tough guys, and tattooed it onto his arm as a reminder.
While on tour of his "Either/Or" album, Smith attempted suicide once in North Carolina by jumping off a cliff while intoxicated, but a tree broke his fall on the way down.
The few years before his suicide, he was known for severe drug addiction. After going through rehabilitation, he started working on his last album "From a Basement on a Hill," some songs which reflect his drug habit like "True Love" and "Abused" were both unreleased due to his family's requests, along with other songs.
His death (on Oct. 21, 2003) still remains an open case. The defense wounds on his arms and the double penetrations of the knife into his torso indicate murder, along with the blade being removed from his heart, but his girlfriend's testimony and the authorities ruled it as a suicide. He died in the hospital. The only drugs found in his body were his prescribed medicine of anti-depressants and ADHD medication that were taken at the prescribed dosage.
'Gus van Sant' included Smith's songs in Good Will Hunting (1997) prior to consulting him. Smith was flattered, and agreed to allow use of his material. He liked the fact that his mother, Bunny, would be able to tell her friends that her son was working on Good Will Hunting (1997) rather than living in Portland and recording "lo-fi albums".
Left mother Bunny as a freshman in high school to live with father, Gary, in Portland, Oregon.
TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
performer: "Son of Sam" / writer: "Son of Sam"
Heaven Adores You
Documentary performer: "Angeles", "Whatever Folk Song in C", "Untitled Guitar Finger Picking", "Untitled Melancholy Song", "Outward Bound", "I Love My Room", "Don't Call Me Billy [Fear City]", "Hamburgers", "Untitled Soft Song in F", "No Name #3", "Unknown instrumental", "No Confidence Man", "Coming Up Roses", "Baby Britain instrumental" / writer: "Angeles", "Whatever Folk Song in C", "Untitled Guitar Finger Picking", "Untitled Melancholy Song", "Outward Bound", "I Love My Room", "Don't Call Me
Stuck in Love
performer: "Between the Bars" / writer: "Between the Bars" - as Steven Paul Smith
TV Series performer - 1 episode
La piel que habito
writer: "Between the Bars"
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball
Video writer: "Between The Bars" - as Steven Smith
Une Vignette de Mélancolie
Short writer: "A Distorted Reality is Now a Necessity to Be Free"