Elliott Smith was an American composer, the author-performer. His main instrument was the guitar, but he also played the piano, clarinet, bass guitar, harmonica and percussion well. After several years of participation in the Heatmiser rock band, Smith began his solo career. In 1997, Elliot signed a contract with a major record label DreamWorks Records, which released two of his albums (XO and Figure 8).
Smith became known to the general public after his song Miss Misery, written for Gus Van Zant’s Good Will Hunting. Smith was nominated for an Oscar award in 1998 in the category Best Song. For several years Smith suffered from chronic depression, alcoholism and drug addiction. These themes were often reflected in his lyrics.