Darius Carlos Rucker is an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter popularly known as the co-founder of the American soft rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, formed in 1986.
On Sunday, April 2, 2023, CMT Music Awards held at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, witnessed a familiar roots ballad live organized by solo country hitmaker Darius Rucker and his brotherly band, The Black Crowes.
With the event becoming a success, the audience was taken back to the old 90s rock music vibe. The teaming up of the two was celebrated very much by all. Here’s all you need about the Hootie & The Blowfish frontman. You can see more details, including his personal life, net worth, life, career, etc.
Who Is Darius Rucker?
Rucker is the’ co-founder’ of the 1986 soft rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. Being a songwriter, he wrote most of the songs for the band and even released a solo R&B album, Back to Then, in 2002. Darius Rucker was born in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., on May 13, 1966, he belongs to a typical Southern African-American upbringing.
Darius Rucker Early Life And Career
The singer-songwriter was born to an economically poor household along with his 5 siblings. The family was supported by his single mother, who worked as a nurse at the Medical University of South Carolina. Darius Rucker’s father was stated as a member of the gospel band called The Traveling Echoes.
The family who was brought up with his mother’s earnings lived in a three-bedroom house accompanied by the 14 children of his sisters’. Although the singer made quite a fame and fortune from his music career, he still states that most of his beautiful memories in life belong to his childhood memories.
Darius Carlos Rucker Personal Life
Darius Rucker married Beth Leonard in 2000 and shares two children together. In 2020, the couple announced their conscious uncoupling.
Darius Rucker And Life With Hootie & The Blowfish
Darius Rucker was the lead singer of the American soft rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, which he co-founded together with his college mates from the University of South Carolina. The band formed in 1986 includes Rucker, Mark Bryan, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, and Dean Felber.
The 56-year-old singer attained popularity being the frontman and lead vocalist of the band. In 1994, the band debuted the album Cracked Rear View, which attained commercial success and sold over 10.2 million copies in the United States. As the listeners took the song into their hearts, it became one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Although the band gained huge popularity in the 90s, it didn’t last much. Its name started to fade slowly and by the 2000s, members started to concentrate more on their personal lives.
Darius Rucker made his debut as a solo artist in 2001 and released his solo R&B debut album, The Return of Mongo Slade, for Atlantic Records. But since there were some issues with the release, the song was later acquired by Hidden Beach Recordings and was released under the name ‘Back to Then.’ Throughout his music career, the artist has acquired quite good fame as a solo artist.
Darius Rucker Net Worth
The American singer-performer earned around a net worth of $12 million throughout his career even though the beginning of his musical career was not as smooth as it seems.
Being the lead guitarist and frontman of the musical band, it was easy for him to get recognized as a solo artist. During his musical career, he was accoladed with numerous honors and awards including the Artist Award from the Country Music Association.
Darius Rucker has been partnering with MCG Sports since 2016. The agency represents high-profile golfers including Kenny Perry. The singer even made a screen appearance in the commercials for Burger King.