On October 27 of this year, Darius Rucker, former front man for Hootie and the Blowfish) released his first Christmas album, Home For The Holidays, on Capitol Records Nashville. Three-time Grammy award-winning Rucker will make a guest appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday morning, when he will perform his original holiday song, “What God Wants For Christmas” from his debut Christmas album. The entertainer co-wrote the song, as well as the other original on the album, “Candy Cane Christmas.” Also on the album are standard holiday songs including “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.”
“It’s so hard to write a Christmas song that hasn’t already been written,” says Rucker of the song he co-wrote with his producer Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell. “This song embodies what the holidays are all about and reminds folks to think about what we can give instead of get this time of year. I am really proud of this song and the beautiful sentiment it imparts. I’m so excited to share it on Good Morning America!”
The 12-track Christmas album, produced by Frank Rogers, puts a little different take on holiday classics like “Winter Wonderland” and even includes Rucker’s version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” with special guest Sheryl Crow.
“We wanted to make one of those records that a fan of R&B music would put it on and go, ‘That’s a good Christmas record!’ And a fan of Country music would put it on and go, ‘That’s a good Christmas record,’” says Darius. “And a fan of pop music would put it on and go, ‘That’s a pretty cool Christmas record!’ I’m hoping it’s one of those records that people just love. I want fans to love it and play it for their kids. I’m hoping that there’s some kid who is two years old today, and when he’s 14 and they ask him what reminds him of Christmas, he says, ‘The Darius Rucker Christmas record.’ That would be awesome!”
Rucker began his illustrious career as singer and guitarist for Hootie & the Blowfish, a band he founded in 86. After a career with the band that lasted through six top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, Rucker went on to release a solo R&B album called Back to Then which didn’t get him on the charts and six years later, made a complete genre turn, signing on to Capitol Records Nashville as a country music artist. He released his first album that year, Learn to Live. The first single from that album was “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” which made Rucker the first black man to chart a number one hit on Hot Country Songs since Charley Pride. In 2009, the talented country artist went on to win the New Artist Award from CMA as the first black man to ever have won this honor and the second black man to have ever won an award from CMA period.
Catch Darius Rucker and his new Christmas song, “What God Wants For Christmas,” on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday morning, December 22. You can share your #HOMEGROWNHOLIDAY wishlist with @dariusrucker for a chance to receive a direct message from Darius granting your holiday wish!