As the former lead singer and guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning rock band, Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker is notably known for his sensational songs and incredible performances. The African-American musician first gained prominence as a solo music artist following the release of his first single titled “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About it”. The hit song made it to the number one spot of the Hot Country Songs chart, thereby making Rucker the first black artist to have achieved such feat. He also has a career as a songwriter as he majorly contributed to the songs of his former band.
By 2009, the sensational vocalist made another landmark by being the first black American to have claimed the New Artist Award from the Country Music Association. He also made history as the second black artist to land an award from the prestigious association. It’s quite obvious that Darius Rucker has done terrific works which have bagged him several nominations and awards as he is a three-time Grammy Award winner; two with his former rock band and one as a solo artist.
Learn more interesting facts about his early life, career and personal relationships below.
Darius Rucker was born in Charleston, North Carolina on the 13th of May 1996. He was nurtured single-handedly by his mother Carolyn, a professional nurse who works at South Carolina’s Medical University. His father, on the other hand, was not around for most of the time as he was always on the road due to him being a member of a gospel band; The Rolling Stones. He was brought up along with his two brothers and three sisters.
Rucker attended Middleton High School and later graduated from the University of South Carolina. At a very young age, he developed a strong passion for singing, which prompted him to join his church and high school choirs. A few years down the line, after completing his higher education, he put a start to his music career by forming a musical group with his friend Brian called Wolf Brothers. Soon after that, he created the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish in 1986, with his friends from the University of South Carolina and served as their lead singer.
Hootie & the Blowfish successfully released six albums which made it among the top 40 hit-songs in the Billboard Hot 100, for six consecutive times. More so, they staged a live performance during the wedding of the famous golfer; Tiger Woods and also during his father’s funeral, as Darius Rucker is a good friend of the golfer.
Later, in 2001, the talented songwriter released his first music album as a solo artist, which was titled The Return of Mongo Slade. He followed that body of work up with four more albums, most notably Southern Style which fetched him a British Country Music Association Awards in 2015 in the International Album of the Year category.
Darius Rucker Family – Wife and Kids
Darius Rucker has been married for over a decade to his life partner, Beth Leonard. It is not clear how the couple met but they solemnized their union in December 2002. They have since gone ahead to welcome two children of their own, first a daughter named Danielle Rose on 16th May 2001, hen four years later, a son named Jack.
Before exchanging marital vows with Beth, however, Rucker welcomed a baby girl named Carolyn Pearl Phillips with his former girlfriend, Elizabeth Ann Phillips, in April 1995.
Darius Rucker is not the tallest person you would ever come across, as he only stands at a height of an average American male, which is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m). The African-American musician further has a body weight of about 75 kg (165.3 lbs) and a reported shoe size of 10 (US).
As a musician who has spent more than a few years in the business, a time in which he successfully released about 11 albums, both as a solo artist and as a member of Hootie & the Blowfish, it does not come as a surprise to find out that Darius Rucker has amassed huge wealth. According to the Celebrity Net Worth website, the Grammy Award-winning singer has an estimated net worth of $14 million.