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Darius Rucker Biography

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Born: 1966/05/13
Birth Place: Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Years Active: 1986 – Present
Genres: Rock, R&B, Country

Darius Rucker (born May 13, 1966) is an American musician. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, he first gained fame as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, which he founded in 1986 at the University of South Carolina along with Mark Bryan, Jim Sonefeld and Dean Felber. The band has released five studio albums with him as a member, and charted six Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Rucker co-wrote the majority of the band's songs with the other three members.

He released a solo R&B album, “Back to Then,” in 2002 on Hidden Beach Recordings but did not chart any singles from it.

Six years later, Rucker signed to Capitol Records Nashville as a country music artist, releasing the album “Learn to Live” that year. Its first single, “Don't Think I Don't Think About It,” made him the first African American to have a #1 single on the Hot Country Songs chart since Charley Pride in 1983. It was followed by two more #1 singles, “It Won't Be Like This for Long” and “Alright” and the #3 hit “History in the Making.” “Learn to Live” was certified platinum certification in 2009.

In 2009, he became the first African American to win the New Artist Award from the Country Music Association, and only the second African American to win any award from the association.

A second Capitol solo album, “Charleston, SC 1966,” was released in 2010, and was led off by the #1 single “Come Back Song.” It was his fourth #1 on the country charts as well as a #37 hit on the Hot 100. The album's second single, “This,” was released to radio in November 2010.