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Darius Rucker

Lead Singer and Rhythm Guitarist of the Rock Band Hootie & the Blowfish

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Darius Rucker Biography

As the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker was one of the most popular frontmen in mainstream pop/rock during the mid-'90s. The band's debut album, "Cracked Rear View," was virtually inescapable in 1995, eventually selling more than 16 million copies and becoming one of the most successful albums of all time. Hootie & the Blowfish couldn't re-create that magic on future albums, though, and the band took a break from the studio after releasing 1998's "Musical Chairs." Rucker used his free time to launch a solo career, which allowed the singer to explore his R&B and country influences.

Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, Rucker was exposed to the sounds of Otis Redding, Al Green, and Gladys Knight at an early age. Those R&B icons helped influence Hootie & the Blowfish's recordings, all of which featured Rucker's soulful baritone at the forefront, but it wasn't until his solo career that Rucker truly paid homage to the sounds of his youth. He initially planned to launch his solo career with "The Return of Mongo Slade," which was scheduled for a summer 2001 release by Atlantic Records, but contractual changes prevented the album's release. A few months later, Rucker jumped ship for Hidden Beach Recordings, which then acquired the master recordings of his debut from Atlantic.

After making a cameo in the Farrelly brothers' film "Shallow Hal," Rucker introduced his mellow, R&B-influenced music with 2002's "Back to Then" (essentially "The Return of Mongo Slade" with a different title), which featured collaborations with Jill Scott and Snoop Dogg. Rucker then returned his focus to Hootie & the Blowfish, releasing two albums with the group during the early 2000s before revisiting his solo career. This time, he opted for a country approach, and the twangy "Learn to Live" found an appropriate home among country music fans, who sent both the album and its flagship single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," to the top of the Billboard country charts. Two more singles also peaked at number one, pushing the album to platinum status within a year of its release. Rucker smartly stayed in the country mold for his follow-up album, "Charleston, SC 1966," which appeared in fall 2010. His third solo album in a country vein, "True Believers," followed in early 2013. His most recent Country album "When Was the Last Time" (2017) charted #8 on the US Billboard 200 and #2 on the US Top Country Albums (Billboard).

Rucker appeared as a mentor on seventeenth season of The Voice for Team Blake.

Hootie & the Blowfish released their sixth studio album "Imperfect Circle" on November 1, 2019.

Rucker has regularly worked with charities that support sick and underprivileged children, via benefit concerts, volunteering, the PGA The First Tee Program, and the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation which raises money to provide funding to public education systems throughout South Carolina.

He serves as a board member of the MUSC Children's Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. where his mother worked for over 30 years from the time Rucker was a child, and has helped fundraise millions of dollars to help build a new hospital.

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Lead Singer and Rhythm Guitarist of the Rock Band Hootie & the Blowfish

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Darius Rucker Biography

As the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker was one of the most popular frontmen in mainstream pop/rock during the mid-'90s. The band's debut album, "Cracked Rear View," was virtually inescapable in 1995, eventually selling more than 16 million copies and becoming one of the most successful albums of all time. Hootie & the Blowfish couldn't re-create that magic on future albums, though, and the band took a break from the studio after releasing 1998's "Musical Chairs." Rucker used his free time to launch a solo career, which allowed the singer to explore his R&B and country influences.

Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, Rucker was exposed to the sounds of Otis Redding, Al Green, and Gladys Knight at an early age. Those R&B icons helped influence Hootie & the Blowfish's recordings, all of which featured Rucker's soulful baritone at the forefront, but it wasn't until his solo career that Rucker truly paid homage to the sounds of his youth. He initially planned to launch his solo career with "The Return of Mongo Slade," which was scheduled for a summer 2001 release by Atlantic Records, but contractual changes prevented the album's release. A few months later, Rucker jumped ship for Hidden Beach Recordings, which then acquired the master recordings of his debut from Atlantic.

After making a cameo in the Farrelly brothers' film "Shallow Hal," Rucker introduced his mellow, R&B-influenced music with 2002's "Back to Then" (essentially "The Return of Mongo Slade" with a different title), which featured collaborations with Jill Scott and Snoop Dogg. Rucker then returned his focus to Hootie & the Blowfish, releasing two albums with the group during the early 2000s before revisiting his solo career. This time, he opted for a country approach, and the twangy "Learn to Live" found an appropriate home among country music fans, who sent both the album and its flagship single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," to the top of the Billboard country charts. Two more singles also peaked at number one, pushing the album to platinum status within a year of its release. Rucker smartly stayed in the country mold for his follow-up album, "Charleston, SC 1966," which appeared in fall 2010. His third solo album in a country vein, "True Believers," followed in early 2013. His most recent Country album "When Was the Last Time" (2017) charted #8 on the US Billboard 200 and #2 on the US Top Country Albums (Billboard).

Rucker appeared as a mentor on seventeenth season of The Voice for Team Blake.

Hootie & the Blowfish released their sixth studio album "Imperfect Circle" on November 1, 2019.

Rucker has regularly worked with charities that support sick and underprivileged children, via benefit concerts, volunteering, the PGA The First Tee Program, and the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation which raises money to provide funding to public education systems throughout South Carolina.

He serves as a board member of the MUSC Children's Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. where his mother worked for over 30 years from the time Rucker was a child, and has helped fundraise millions of dollars to help build a new hospital.

Darius Rucker Videos

  • Darius Rucker Favorite Memories From Hootie And The Blowfish
    Three-time Grammy winner Darius Rucker joins Megyn Kelly on Megyn Kelly TODAY to chat about his fifth country album, “When Was the Last Time,”...
  • Darius Rucker: I'm not Hootie
    Darius Rucker discusses the early days of Hootie & the Blowfish and how "Hee Haw" sparked his love for country music.
  • Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel

FAQs on booking Darius Rucker

  • How to book Darius Rucker?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Darius Rucker for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Darius Rucker, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Darius Rucker or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Darius Rucker?

    Booking fees for Darius Rucker, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Darius Rucker, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Darius Rucker?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Darius Rucker for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Darius Rucker for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Darius Rucker or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Darius Rucker or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Darius Rucker is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Darius Rucker for your event is available upon request. Darius Rucker generally travels from Charleston, SC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are John Legend, Common, Aloe Blacc, Wayne Brady and Donald Glover. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Darius Rucker for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Darius Rucker Speaker Videos

  • Darius Rucker Favorite Memories From Hootie And The Blowfish
    Three-time Grammy winner Darius Rucker joins Megyn Kelly on Megyn Kelly TODAY to chat about his fifth country album, “When Was the Last Time,” his favorite memories from his Hootie and the...
    Darius Rucker: I'm not Hootie
    Darius Rucker discusses the early days of Hootie & the Blowfish and how "Hee Haw" sparked his love for country music.
  • Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel
    Darius Rucker Interview

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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