Fast Facts

  • Was one of six children raised by a single mother.
  • Formed Hootie and the Blowfish in 1986 after his eventual bandmate Mark Bryan heard him singing in the shower.
  • Collaborated with R&B artist Jill Scott and hip-hop's Snoop Dogg on his first solo album, Back to Then.
  • Was inspired to play country music after hearing Radney Foster's album Del Rio, Texas, 1959. In 2010, Rucker released his second album, titled Charleston, SC, 1966.
  • Was initially dismissed as a gimmick when he began playing country music. Some country radio stations wouldn't play his songs, so he crossed the Southeast in his car, appearing on dozens of radio shows.
  • Was only the third black artist (the other two were Ray Charles and Charlie Pride) to hit the top spot on the country-music chart.


  • 2013, Grammy — Best Country Solo Performance: Winner
  • 2016, CMT Music Awards — CMT Performance of the Year: Nominee
  • 1995, Grammy — Best New Artist: Winner
  • 1995, Grammy — Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 2011, CMT Music Awards — CMT Performance of the Year: Nominee
  • 2015, CMT Music Awards — Video of the Year: Nominee


  • Carolyn Pearl Phillips — Daughter
  • Daniella Rose — Daughter
  • Jack — Son
  • Beth — Wife
  • Carolyn Rucker — Mother


  • Attended University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC