Darius Carlos Rucker is an American singer and songwriter born on May 13, 1966, in Charleston, S.C. He and his five siblings were raised by their single mother, Carolyn.
Early life of Darius Rucker
Rucker later described his childhood as a “typical Southern African-American upbringing,” involving long hours at church on Sundays and enduring various financial struggles. At many points in his life, his mother, two aunts, maternal grandmother and 14 children lived together in a three-bedroom apartment.
The Rucker family was very musical, and Darius frequently sang around the house to his mother’s Al Green and Betty Wright albums. As Rucker grew older, he became more involved with his church and high school choirs. But it wasn’t until he graduated from Middleton High School and entered the University of South Carolina that Rucker approached music with a career-driven eye.
In 1986, after meeting fellow musicians Mark Bryan, Jim Sonefeld and Dean Felber, Rucker began forming musical ambitions. He formed the musical duo Wolf Brothers with friend Brian, and eventually convinced Felber to also join them. In 1986, the trio founded the band Hootie & The Blowfish, named after two USC classmates — one had owl-like glasses, the other had a rotund face — with Rucker as the frontman. The group played the college circuit for several years before convincing friend and drummer Sonefeld to join the fold. His songwriting skills made a strong impact on the rest of the band members, who also began stepping up their songwriting attempts.
After college, the quartet embarked on a full-time touring schedule, often performing in exchange for free beer or very little money. In 1991, the group released their debut album, the self-financed Kootchypop, which they began selling on the road. The EP, only available at their shows, sold more than 50,000 copies — a big success for a self-promoted band. Their success gained the interest of an Atlantic Records talent scout, who signed the group.
Darius Rucker Personal Life
Rucker married long-time girlfriend Beth Leonard in 2000. The pair has two children together. In July 2020, Rucker and Leonard split. He also has a child with a former girlfriend.
Darius Rucker height and weight
Darius Rucker is a good looking guy with Height: (178 cm)
In centimeters– 175 cm in meters- 1.75 m in Feet Inches- 5′ 8”
Darius Rucker Weight
in Kilograms– 75 kg in Pounds- 165.35 lbs
Darius Rucker wife
According to countryfancast.com, Darius Rucker’s wife Beth Leonard instantly stole his heart when they first met in New York City. The pair have been married since 2000 and shocked fans by announcing their decision to divorce on July 11th. Darius and Beth have two children together, 19-year-old daughter Daniella and soon to be 16-year-old son Jack.
Darius Rucker children
Children: Daniella Rose Rucker, Jack Rucker, Caroline Rucker