Darius Rucker is a singer as well as a songwriter who is famously known for being the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Hootie & the Blowfish. His successful career in the line of music has earned him a great amount of wealth at the age of 52. This piece takes a look at the net worth of Darius Rucker in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Darius Rucker was born on 13th May in 1966, in Charleston, South Carolina. He was born to a single mother, Carolyn, who was a nurse at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has three sisters and two brothers. Rucker’s father was a member of a gospel band called The Rolling Stones. Rucker has occasionally stated that growing up; his father was never around. He would only see him on Sundays before church.
Rucker’s childhood was difficult. His family was economically poor, and at one point his mother, her two sisters, his grandmother, and 14 children lived under the same roof in a three bedroom house.
He graduated from Middleton High School and enrolled at the University of South Carolina.
Rucker’s mother passed away in November 1992 following a heart attack.
Rucker married his long-term girlfriend, Beth Leonard, on December 9, 2000. They have two children together, Jack and Daniela Rose. Rucker also has a daughter named Carolyn Pearl Phillips from his previous relationship with Elizabeth Ann Phillips.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Rucker’s music career began while he was at the University of North Carolina, after meeting Mark Bryan, Jim “Soni” Sonefield and Dean Felber. Together they formed the rock band, Hootie & the Blowfish. Rucker has recorded six studio albums with the band. He gained immense fame being the frontman of Hootie and many opportunities were presented to him as a result of the success of the band. In 1995, Rucker was asked to sing the National Anthem at the World Series.
His entrance was marked by his solo R&B debut album in 2001, titled The Return of Mongo Slade for Atlantic Records. However, due to changes in the contract, the label never released the album. An independent label called Hidden Beach Recordings acquired the masters from Atlantic Records and released the album as Back to Then in 2002. Rucker stated that the album was just a minute in his life and he does not have any plans of recording an R&B-styled disc.
In early 2008, the artist signed to Capitol Records Nashville, and this was the beginning of his career in country music. His first solo single debuted on the week of May 3, 2008, and was number 51 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. He made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2008. His album, Learn to Live, was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Rucker released his second country album titled Charleston, SC 1966, on October 12, 2010. The album received a gold certification.
When asked about Hootie & the Blowfish, Rucker remarked that the band will never completely break up and that there are future hopes of the band making another record and touring together.
Net Worth & Earnings
With an outstanding career in the music industry, Darius Rucker’s net worth is mind-blowing. He has built a fortune currently estimated to be worth $16 million. Rucker gets his earnings from his album sales and performances. He also earned a good amount of money from his days in Hootie & the Blowfish.
Rucker is a talented artist in both singing and songwriting. His music relates to his tough childhood. He definitely has more success coming his way.