Darius Rucker can sing. There is no denying that, but if I told you that the frontman for the wildly successful 90s band Hootie and the Blowfish had to come to country music to get his first #1, would that surprise you? It sure did surprise me!
Hootie and the Blowfish had six top 40 hits and one of what many would say, including this gal, one of the best albums ever with 1994's Cracked Rear View, but no #1 songs.
Darius was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina by his mother Carolyn and his roots were in gospel and southern sounds. He went solo in the early 2000s in R&B to little success. Then in 2008 his first single and album- "Don't Think I Don't Think About" from Learn to Live brought him to the country format. The song went number 1 making it his first #1 and making Darius the first solo, African-American artist to chart a number one country hit since Charley Pride's "Night Games" in 1993. The album gave Darius two more #1s for a total of three!
In 2009, Darius became the first Black American to win the New Artist Award from the Country Music Association, and the second Black person to win any award from the association at that time.
He followed Learn to Live with 5 more albums, a holiday album, more number 1s and a bunch of top hits.
There was never a sense of Darius walking into country and expecting anything because he was from Hootie and the Blowfish. In fact, he did not want to be called Hootie. He wanted to earn this, he worked for it by visiting country radio and it showed. He fit into this format seamlessly and the listerers loved it and still love his music. Darius belongs in country music.
New music from Darius is expected this year!
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Today is Wednesday, January 31st- It IS - Eat Brussels Sprouts Day, Scotch Tape Day, Hot Chocolate Day
The United States produces around 70 million pounds of Brussels sprouts each year
Massachusetts drinks more hot chocolate than any other state
The average Superbowl ticket this year is the most expensive ever - $7,000 on average
In the spring there will be 118 new emojis coming!
Chuck E Cheese has published a cookbook, so you can make all of your favorites at home without the deafening bells, sirens, and electronic sounds of the games.
Most of us are more concerned about the cleanliness of a restaurant than what's on the menu!
Reba will star in and executive produce a still-untitled sitcom on NBC. The news comes 20 years after her hit series Reba premiered.
No other details regarding co-stars or premiere date have been announced.
Luke Combs announced on socials that his Nashville honky-tonk will be called Category 10 and it will open this year!
You can follow the venue's social media pages at Category 10 for the most up to date information.
Last week, we here at WQMX dropped off some pizza and food to Ken Ganley Ford as thank you for all they do for us and a huge thank your for making my pink Bronco (the Pronco) dreams come true!
I also went to Acme and got a special cake made to say thank you!
It was a great lunch!
Today is Tuesday, January 30th- It IS- Anesthesiologists Week, Yodel for Your Neighbors Day, Plan For A Vacation Day, Draw A Dinosaur Day, Croissant Day
Ohio is ranked as the 8th BEST state to be single in – survey for Valentine's Day!
About 5% of Americans have not taken Christmas decorations down yet.
You take about 6 showers a week if you are average – Average time is 8.2 minutes – using 17.2 gallons of water
A single woman changes her bed sheets every two-and-a-half weeks, while a single man does it once every three months
A survey found that 85% of workers admit they are considering switching jobs this year, which is up 27% from last year.
New Rainbow Brownie Hershey's Kisses and New Pink Lemonade Kit Kats are both coming soon