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Darius Rucker Biography

Birth Place:
Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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


  • 2011CMT Music Awards-CMT Performance of the Year: nominated


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