Darius C. Rucker is an American musician. He first gained fame as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, which he founded in 1986 at the University of South Carolina along with Mark Bryan, Jim "Soni" 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. 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 black man to chart a number one on the Hot Country Songs charts since Charley Pride in 1983. It was followed by two more number-one singles, "It Won't Be Like This for Long" and "Alright" and the number three "History in the Making".
- Born: May 13, 1966 (age 53), Charleston
- Spouse: Beth Leonard (2000-12-09 to present - Marriage)
- Aliases: Darius Carlos Rucker, Hootie, Hootie & The Blowfish, Rucker, Darius
- Children: Caroline Rucker, Daniella Rose Rucker, Jack Rucker
- Height: 5′ 10″ (1.78m)
- Genre: Country
- Websites: http://www.dariusrucker.com/