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'Speak Now' is No. 1 on U.S. album chart

'Speak Now' is No. 1 on U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
'Machine' tops U.S. album chart

'Machine' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Sugarland's "The Incredible Machine" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
McGraw, Pickler to be CMA Award presenters

McGraw, Pickler to be CMA Award presenters

NASHVILLE, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Tim McGraw, Jerrod Niemann and Kellie Pickler have agreed to be presenters at the 44th annual CMA Awards show in Nashville, ABC said.
'Human' is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

'Human' is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
Lineup announced for CMA special

Lineup announced for CMA special

NASHVILLE, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Performances by Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean and Dierks Bentley were included in the "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" special taped in Nashville.
McGraw to host CMA music fest special

McGraw to host CMA music fest special

NASHVILLE, June 11 (UPI) -- U.S. recording star Tim McGraw is to serve as host of the "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" special on ABC.
CMA Music Festival TV special planned

CMA Music Festival TV special planned

NASHVILLE, June 4 (UPI) -- Highlights from the upcoming CMA Music Festival in Nashville are being taped for a TV special to air in September, ABC said.
Stars line up for ACM show in Vegas

Stars line up for ACM show in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, April 8 (UPI) -- Laura Bell Bundy, Billy Currington and John Fogerty are to perform at the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards show in Las Vegas, organizers said.
Stars line up for CMA Music Festival

Stars line up for CMA Music Festival

NASHVILLE, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are set to perform at the 2010 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, organizers said.
Swift named CMA entertainer of the year

Swift named CMA entertainer of the year

NASHVILLE, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift was named entertainer of the year and picked up three other awards Wednesday at the 43rd annual Country Music Awards in Nashville.
Taylor Swift to open CMA show

Taylor Swift to open CMA show

NASHVILLE, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift has signed on to deliver the opening performance at the 43rd annual CMA Awards presentation in Nashville, ABC announced Monday.
Dave Matthews booked to perform at CMAs

Dave Matthews booked to perform at CMAs

NASHVILLE, Calif., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Dave Matthews is to perform with Kenny Chesney at the upcoming 43rd annual CMA Awards show in Nashville, the Country Music Association said Monday.
Daughtry, Gill booked to play CMAs

Daughtry, Gill booked to play CMAs

NASHVILLE, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Tim McGraw, Vince Gill and Daughtry have been booked to perform at the upcoming 43rd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, organizers said.
Stars line up to perform at CMA Awards

Stars line up to perform at CMA Awards

NASHVILLE, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley and George Strait are set to perform at the upcoming CMA Awards in Nashville, organizers said.
Paisley leads finalists in CMA nods

Paisley leads finalists in CMA nods

NASHVILLE, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Brad Paisley led the list of finalists with six nods when the last round of nominations for The 43rd annual CMA Awards in Nashville were announced Wednesday.
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Darius Rucker
Darius Rucker performs at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida on August 12, 2010. UPI/Michael Bush
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Darius Rucker (born May 13, 1966) is an American musician. He first gained fame as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the 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 African American 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". In 2009, he became the first African American to win the New Artist Award from the Country Music Association, and only the second African American to win any award from the association. A second Capitol album, Charleston, SC 1966, was released on October 12, 2010, and was led off by the number-one "Come Back Song" to later be followed with the number-one song "This".

Darius Rucker was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, where his family history goes back generations. His single mother, Carolyn, who was a nurse, raised him with his five siblings: three sisters and two brothers. According to Rucker, his father was "never around," and Rucker only saw him before church on Sundays. His father was in a gospel band called The Rolling Stones. Rucker has said that he had a "typical Southern, African-American upbringing." His family attended church every Sunday and was economically poor, and at one point, his mother, her two sisters, his grandmother and 14 children were all living in a three-bedroom home. Even so, he says that he looks back on his childhood "with very fond memories." His sister, L'Corine, recalled that singing "was always his dream".

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