Darius Rucker is no stranger to big stages and this Grammy award winning artist has come back to Columbia numerous times to perform the National Anthem at USC sporting events. Earlier this year, Rucker sang the Anthem prior to tipoff of the USC/Kentucky men's basketball game and in 2014, he performed that song prior to the Connecticut vs Kentucky showdown for college basketball's national championship.
Coming up in May, Rucker will be performing the National Anthem at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
"I'm honored to sing the national anthem at the Indianapolis 500 and to be invited to celebrate the milestone of the 100th running," said Rucker.
“With just over a month until our historic 100th Running, we are pleased to announce Darius Rucker will perform the national anthem on Race Day,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president.
“Darius has a unique set of skills as a musical artist and connects on a personal level with fans across the globe. We know he’ll deliver a performance befitting such a monumental day and help ensure this year’s pre-race, my own favorite time of the year, is an unforgettable experience.”
Rucker attended USC where he first met his future band mates who would help him form "Hootie and the Blowfish." He has now crossed over the world of country music as a solo artist and racked up a host of awards and number one singles.
In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY Award for Best Solo Country Performance for his triple-platinum selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” off his album “True Believers.” Rucker’s first two country albums, “Learn To Live” and “Charleston, SC 1966” produced five No. 1 singles including “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.”
“Southern Style,” his fourth studio country album, features his latest No. 1 single “Homegrown Honey,” co-written by Rucker, label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Nathan Chapman.