Few channel emotion the way Darius Rucker does. Watch as he absolutely sings his heart out covering “Stand By Me” for the Points of Light Tribute concert back in 2011.
Rucker fans know the man is as giving and humble as a country icon can be. For years, Darius Rucker has been an ally to charities across the board. From those helping military servicemen and women to help fund the Museum of African American Music, Rucker has a heart as big as his voice.
In 2011, Rucker came onboard the Points of Light benefit concert. That year, their dedication was for President George H.W. Bush and volunteer service. As stated by their website, Points of Light is an organization that specializes in bringing humanitarians together. “The world is full of heroes,” their site starts off. “Individuals with a desire to help, nonprofits identifying needs, corporations with resources — but it’s not always easy to bring them together.”
Moreover, Points of Light and their global network “help forge new connections, inspiring and accelerating people-powered change in communities around the world.” Beyond a worthy cause.
No stranger to charity himself, Darius Rucker joined up with the organization to perform during their benefit concert in 2011.
Darius Rucker Sings His Heart Out via “Stand By Me”
Rucker gives one of his best live vocal performances here. And for him – that’s saying something. Singing within the beautiful Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Rucker’s eyes tear up as he moves through the powerful words of “Stand By Me”.
Right off the bat, you’ll notice a few high-profile guests of honor, as well. Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush joined President George H.W. Bush to “highlight the role volunteer service plays in people’s lives.”
Darius Rucker at the Points of Light Tribute event on March 21, 2011 in Washington, DCYouTube
After this moving tribute & rendition, Rucker moves into one of his own songs. “Together, Anything’s Possible” is a light country hit from 2011. The golden, reassuring song sends similar vibes of hope to “Stand By Me”.
According to Taste of Country, the country star wrote the song for the PGA Tour charity of the same name. Within the charity, “all proceeds from the song download will be donated to PGA Tour Charities, Inc. for one full year. 100% of these funds will be used to directly support charities such as the First Tee. It is a World Golf Foundation initiative dedicated to impacting the lives of young people through golf.”
If you’re not heard this older hit by Rucker, check out the official music video courtesy of his VEVO YouTube channel below.
“If You’re Going to Reinvent Yourself, Make Sure it Is Part of Who You Are”
Just as Darius Rucker switches effortlessly between genres and songs above, so did he in his musical career. As a result of his lifelong love affair with country music, however, the former rocker has never felt more at home. For many, this is what makes his transition from pop to country perhaps the most successful of any artist in history.
“Once it hit – it felt like, this is where I’m supposed to be,” Rucker tells Reba McEntire in her recent podcast. “There was a lot of doubt… this was 14 years ago. And people were like, ‘why?’ But For me, it was something I was going to do no matter what anyone says.”
Moreover, Reba asks Darius what advice he has for young artists who also want to reinvent themselves and try something new.
“If it’s really who you are – do it,” Rucker says. For him, it is all about this same authenticity. “Me coming to country music – I was just singing another part of who I am.”
“And I think when a lot of other pop stars come over to country, that’s what the downfall is. It’s not authentic. You’re doing it to have hits. You’re not doing it because you love the music, you’re doing it because somebody else did it. Or ’cause you think you can have a hit. You don’t believe it.”
In conclusion, Rucker notes that “If you’re going to reinvent yourself, make sure it is part of who you are. I think, if not, people see right through it. Instantly. And they know – that’s not real.”
For much more from Darius Rucker on his career, we’ve got the full interview for you here.