Darius Rucker

When Darius Rucker, lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish, wanted to make a neo-soul record, he chose Hidden Beach Recordings to produce and release his debut solo album “Back to Then.” The album that included work from the production team of Jill Scott, and also featured her on the track “Hold On,” debuted in July 2002 at the top spot on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Chart. “This Is My World,” a single from the album, was also featured in the popular comedy, Shallow Hal.

Darius Rucker first attained multi-platinum status as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish, Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, his musical life has had a truly remarkable Second Act. In 2008, he released Learn to Live; the album's first single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," made him the first African-American with a Number One country song since Charley Pride in 1983. It was followed by two more singles that topped the chart—"It Won't Be Like This For Long" and "Alright"—and earned him the New Artist award from the Country Music Association. His 2010 follow-up, Charleston, SC 1966, included two more Number Ones, while True Believers contained another four hit singles.

In July 2002 released his first solo record "Back to Then" on Hidden Beach. It featured "Sometimes I Wonder", a duet with Jill Scott.

Singer-songwriter Darius Rucker was born on May 13, 1966, in Charleston, South Carolina. 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.