|Darius Rucker Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||May 13, 1966|
Darius Rucker is an acclaimed American musician best known as the lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish rock band who reinvented himself as a solo country singer in 2008. He has won Grammy awards for his work in both rock and country music genres.
Darius Carlos Rucker
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Mount Pleasant, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States
Darius graduated from Middleton High School in 1984. He later enrolled in the University of South Carolina for a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism where he met his fellow bandmates.
Rucker dropped out of college after the third year because he became engrossed in developing his career as a musician.
Singer, Songwriter, Business Partner in MCG Sport Agency
- Father – Member of a gospel band called The Traveling Echoes (Absent father, Did not help raise Darius or his siblings)
- Mother – Carolyn G. Rucker (Nurse) (Expired 1992)
- Siblings – L’Corine Gilchrist (Sister). He also has 2 sisters and 2 brothers.
Darius is represented by –
- Darin Murphy, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Nashville, Tennessee
- Chris Parr, Maverick Management, Nashville, Tennessee
- Ebie McFarland & Darlene Rodriguez, Essential Broadcast Media LLC (Publicist)
Pop, Soft Rock, Country, R&B, Blues
- Hidden Beach
- Capitol Nashville
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Darius Rucker has dated –
- Elizabeth Ann Phillips – The couple had already ended their romantic relationship when Elizabeth gave birth to Darius’s first child, a daughter named Carolyn Pearl Phillips aka Cary (b. April 1995).
- Beth Leonard (1998–Present) – Darius first met Beth when his band reached the height of musical popularity and she was working for VH1 in New York City. Rucker claimed he knew he would marry Beth on their very first date. The couple tied the knot in December 2000. They have a daughter named Daniella Rose (b. May 2001). Darius named her after former football quarterback, Dan Marino. They also have a son named Jack (b. 2005).
Race / Ethnicity
He has African-American ancestry.
- A deep, baritone voice
- Maintains a shaved head and French beard
12 (US) or 11 (UK) or 45 (EU)
He was named brand ambassador of PGA Golf Tour (February 2019) and PXG Golf Equipment (November 2019).
- Book – Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- National Holiday – Christmas
- Sport – American Football, Golf
- WWE Wrestlers – Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Hulk Hogan, Bruno Sammartino, Lou Thesz
- Golf Player – Arnold Palmer
- Sports Memorabilia – Wrestler Ric Flair’s robe with ‘Nature Boy’ written on the back
- Rock ‘n’ Roll Band – Black Crowes
- College Sports Team – South Carolina Gamecocks
- Professional Sports Team – Miami Dolphins (American Football), Cincinnati Reds (Baseball)
Darius Rucker Facts
- The musician is a self-proclaimed sports fanatic who hopes to work as a sportscaster for ESPN someday.
- While touring with his band members, Darius and his colleague used to stop the tour bus to visit a local golf course or a local YMCA club to play basketball.
- Rucker’s favorite place at home to unwind is a part of the house that he calls the ‘man room’ at his residence that has 6 television sets. The smallest TV is 42 inches while the biggest one is 70 inches.
- When Darius went to get a back MRI in 2010, he found out that he suffers from claustrophobia.
- As of March 2020, his family has lived in Charleston, South Carolina for more than 4 generations.
- He became a close friend of Tiger Woods way before he found fame as a professional golf player. Darius met Woods at a bar when Tiger was 18 years old. His band performed at Tiger’s wedding and at his father’s funeral.
- At first, Darius and Mark Bryan started performing at local venues singing covers of popular songs as the Wolf Brothers. Dean Felber joined in 1986 and Jim Sonefeld joined in 1989 to form Hootie & the Blowfish.
- As a board member, Darius has worked to fundraise millions of dollars for MUSC Children’s Hospital in Charleston which was also his mother’s place of work for 30 years.
- Alongside Reba McEntire, Darius co-hosted the 2020 CMA Awards.
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