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Darius Rucker will Receive Humanitarian Award at Music Biz 2019 in Nashville

Three time GRAMMY Award winning artist Darius Rucker will be honored for his lifelong philanthropic efforts on behalf of children with the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award this May at the Music Biz conference.

“Through his tireless efforts to support the youth community of Charleston, not to mention the millions of dollars he has helped raise for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Darius has beautifully honored the legacy of our Humanitarian Award’s namesake, Harry Chapin,” said Music Biz President James Donio. “We truly feel that Harry would be proud to see how Darius has used his platform and resources to benefit those among us in need. We are delighted to recognize him for all he has contributed.”

Hootie & the Blowfish front man Darius Rucker has been a lifelong supporter of the MUSC Children’s Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.

Rucker’s annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and golf tournament has also raised millions of dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The annual benefit raises money for children battling cancer and is supported by many or Rucker’s musical friends like Luke Bryan, Kenny Rogers, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and many others.

With his Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation the band has raised money for over 200 charitable causes that support and promote public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina.

The annual “Monday After the Masters” (MAM) golf tournament brings together golf pros, celebrities, and their friends to raise money for the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation, among others.

Through Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup, kids receive free annual eye exams, dental exams, new shoes, haircuts, and a backpack full of school supplies to help them prepare for the school year. This yearly event is designed to assist the underprivileged children in the Charleston County School District.

Rucker rose to stardom as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Hootie & the Blowfish. Their GRAMMY Award winning group created hits that topped the music charts such as:

  • Hold My Hand
  • Let Her Cry
  • Time

Their Cracked Rear View album, went platinum 21 times, and the band has charted 16 singles to date.

Hootie & the Blowfish are returning to full time touring in 2019 as they embark on the 44-city Group Therapy Tour, which will be accompanied by the release of their first studio album since 2005.

Darius also has a wildly successful solo Country music career with five albums and nine number one singles on County radio.

His cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” released in 2013 on his third solo Country album, True Believers, earned Rucker his third GRAMMY Award.

In 2018, Rucker won the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award from the Academy of Country Music, celebrating his devotion to improving lives through the power of music.

Since its inception in 1981, the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award has celebrated the legacy of Folk-Rock singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, whose philanthropic work to end world hunger earned him the Congressional Gold Medal.

Music Biz 2019 will return to Nashville May 5-8 at the elegant JW Marriott in the heart of downtown Nashville.

Announced thus far, Bebe Rexha and Kane Brown will receive Breakthrough Artist Awards, Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Randy Goodman will receive the Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement, Record Archive owners Richard Storms and Alayna Alderman will accept the Independent Spirit Award, and The Orchard Co-Founder Richard Gottehrer will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award.

The Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner event is sponsored by BuzzAngle Music, City National Bank, Cracker Barrel, Jammber, and TiVo. Attendees can also look forward to keynote presentations from influential industry trailblazers including Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier, and CEO of Def Jam Recordings Paul Rosenberg.


For more information contact: Ebie McFarland – – 615.327.3259

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