Darius Rucker was initially known as the lead singer of ‘Hootie & the Blowfish’, but he soon rose to prominence after he launched his solo R&B career. His music is dotted with soulful lyrics and country influences. What made him a bigger star was his unexpected transition from a rock-pop star to a country star. Many other artistes before him tried to do the same before him, but failed in making a smooth transition. Right after he switched genres, he became an overnight sensation and achieved the impossible by way of music. Some of his best-known works include the singles, ‘Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It’, ‘It Won’t Be Like This For Long’, ‘Alright’ and ‘History in the Making’ to name a few. His albums have sold more than 16 million copies worldwide and he became one of the most successful artists of the 20th-21st century. Growing up in South Carolina, he was exposed to different genres of music and he sang constantly, which further deepened his interest in music. In his long and distinguished career, he has worked under many record labels primarily Atlantic Records and Hidden Beach Recordings. If you would like to learn more interesting information about this personality, scroll further.
Childhood & Early Life
Darius Rucker was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He was raised by his single mother, who also raised his three sisters and his two brothers.
His father was a member of the gospel band called ‘The Rolling Stones’ and he would never see father except on Sundays, before attending Church. He had a strict African-American upbringing and although he had a very poor upbringing, he always recalls his childhood fondly.
He studied at the University of South Carolina, where he met future band mates, Mark Bryan, Jim Sonefeld and Dean Felber.
The band, ‘The Hootie & the Blowfish’ was formed in 1986 and since young Rucker was always very fond of singing, he was soon made the lead singer of the band.
The band released their debut record, ‘Cracked Rear View’, which was produced by Atlantic Records, in 1994. Two years later, they recorded their second studio album titled, ‘Fairweather Johnson’, of which three singles became hits.
In 1998, the band released their third studio album, ‘Musical Chairs’, of which three singles were released; ‘I Will Wait’, ‘Only Lonely’ and ‘Wishing’.
In 2001, he made his solo R&B debut album, ‘The Return of Mongo Slade’ under Atlantic Records, but it was never released. Another record company, ‘Hidden Beach Records’ obtained the master recordings of the album from Atlantic and finally released the album as ‘Back to Then’, the following year.
In 2003, ‘Hootie & the Blowfish’ released their fourth studio album, ‘Hootie & the Blowfish’, which was not that commercially successful. Two years later, the band released their fifth album, ‘Looking for Lucky’, which sold nearly 128,000 copies around the United States.
In 2006, he lent his voice to the track, ‘God’s Reasons’, which was co-written by Dean Dinning for the movie, ‘The Still Life’.
In 2008, he was signed on to Capitol Records and he transitioned into country music, with his first solo single, ‘Don’t Think I Don’t Think about It’, which was released under the album, ‘Learn to Live’. Two other sings, ‘It Won’t Be like This for Long’ and ‘Alright’ also made it to the top of all major music charts.
On October12, 2010, he released his second country album titled, ‘Charleston SC 1996’. Three years later, he released his fourth country music album titled, ‘True Believers’ which sold 459,000 copies around the United States.
In 2013, he was also seen at the NBA finals, where he was called to sing the national anthem.
‘Learn to Live’, was released on September 16, 2008 and it is considered his best solo album till date. This album helped him set a toe in the world of country music and became one of his greatest hits, which also showed his smooth transition from rock to country music. The album went on to spawn many hit singles including ‘Don’t Think I Don’t Think about It, ‘It Won’t be like this For Long’ and ‘Alright’. This album was also the only album that went on to earn ‘Platinum’ status by the RIAA.
Awards & Achievements
His band, ‘Hootie & the Blowfish’ went on to win two Grammy Awards.
On November 11, 2009, he won the Country Music Association Award for ‘New Artist of the Year’.
Personal Life & Legacy
He was extremely close to his mother and her sudden death from a heart attack inspired two of his songs with ‘Hootie & the Blowfish’ titled, ‘I’m Goin’ Home’ and ‘Not Even the Trees’.
He had a very strained relationship with his father and the song, ‘Where Were You’ is inspired by this situation.
He had his first child, Carolyn Pearl Philips with his girlfriend on April 21, 1995.
He then married another woman, Beth, with whom he had his second daughter, Daniella Rose, on May 16, 2001. Four years later, the couple had a son, Jack.
He is an avid Miami Dolphins and also supports the Cincinnati Reds and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
He is a close friend with ace golfer, Tiger Woods. Rucker was seen performing with ‘Hootie & the Blowfish’ at Woods’ wedding and he also performed with the band during his father’s funeral.
The lead singer of ‘Hootie & the Blowfish’ is a huge fan of the movie, ‘Stir Crazy’, which he claims to have watched more than a 100 times.