Darius Rucker is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish.
He has since pursued a successful solo career in country music, becoming the first Black American to chart a number-one country song since Charley Pride in 1983.
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Darius Rucker Biography, Net Worth, Age, Wife, Career
Darius Rucker was born on May 13, 1966, in Charleston, South Carolina. He grew up in a working-class family and developed a love for music at a young age. Rucker's first foray into music was as a member of a local church choir. He later formed a band called The Wolf Brothers, which played local gigs around Charleston.
In 1986, Rucker formed Hootie & the Blowfish with fellow University of South Carolina students Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, and Jim Sonefeld. The band released their debut album, “Cracked Rear View,” in 1994. The album was a massive commercial success, selling over 21 million copies worldwide and earning the band two Grammy Awards.
After Hootie & the Blowfish went on hiatus in 2008, Darius Rucker decided to pursue a solo career in country music. He signed with Capitol Records Nashville in 2008 and released his first country album, “Learn to Live,” later that year. The album produced three number-one singles, including “Don't Think I Don't Think About It,” which made Rucker the first Black American to chart a number-one country song since Charley Pride in 1983.
Rucker has since released several successful country albums, including “Charleston, SC 1966,” “True Believers,” and “When Was the Last Time.” He has earned several awards and nominations for his solo work, including a Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year in 2009.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Darius Rucker's net worth is estimated to be $14 million as of 2023. Much of his wealth comes from his successful music career, as well as his work as a television host and occasional actor.
Age and Personal Life
As of 2023, Darius Rucker is 56 years old. He has been married to his wife Beth Leonard since 2000 and the couple has two children together. Rucker is known for his philanthropy, and he has supported several charitable organizations over the years, including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the MusiCares Foundation.
Darius Rucker's career achievements include:
- Two Grammy Awards with Hootie & the Blowfish
- 21 million copies sold of Hootie & the Blowfish's debut album, “Cracked Rear View”
- First Black American to chart a number-one country song since Charley Pride in 1983
- Several successful country albums, including “Charleston, SC 1966,” “True Believers,” and “When Was the Last Time”
- Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year in 2009