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On Monday, October 23, Darius Rucker made a guest appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show. During their talk about trick-or-treating with their kids and their favorite kind of candy to receive on the holiday, Rucker also shared a heartwarming story about his favorite costume he has dressed up as with his son. While Rucker wore a Luke Skywalker costume, his son wore a Darth Vader one, going around telling every person who answered their door, “I’m his father!”
While on the subject of Halloween, Clarkson asked Rucker if he believes in the supernatural and ghosts to which he replied, “I do.” He went on to talk about an encounter he had with a ghost in college.
“Me and Dean, who plays bass in Hootie, we moved into this place and got a bunch of beds from my house that were around and I had my grandmother’s bed. My grandmother had died. I wake up at three o’clock one morning and I look at the edge of my bed — my grandmother’s sitting there. I sit up and wipe my eyes and she’s still sitting there. I get up and I run out of my bed and I run to Dean’s room and I was like, ‘Dean! My grandmother’s ghost is in my room. Can I sleep in your bed?’ He went, ‘No!’ I went on the couch.”
She then asked him if it scared him and he said, “It’s scary a little, but I believe in that stuff big time.”
Clarkson surprised Rucker when she presented him with the 2023 CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award for his “many charitable efforts over the years” and for “helping those who need help.” The award goes to an individual who has served as a humanitarian through community leadership, financial support, personal volunteerism and advocacy.
Known for his distinctive baritone voice and charismatic stage presence, Rucker first rose to fame as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the popular rock band Hootie & the Blowfish in the 1990s. In a bold and genre-defying move, Darius transitioned to a solo country music career in the mid-2000s. His venture into country music proved equally successful, with chart-topping singles like “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” and “Wagon Wheel.”
Now that his first album in six years has been released into the world as a tribute to his mom, Rucker is planning to embark on the 2024 European leg of his popular Starting Fires Tour. This extended trek will continue with shows through May 11.
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Rucker’s warm and soulful voice, along with his songwriting talents, has solidified his status as a versatile and enduring artist, earning him several awards and recognitions in both rock and country music. His career exemplifies the power of talent and determination to explore new horizons in the ever-evolving music industry.
Watch Rucker tell Clarkson his ghost story!