Darius Rucker is the dad to three children, so he’s given his fair share of fatherly advice over the years. With his youngest in high school, his children are starting to think about what they want to do for their careers, and naturally, Rucker is there to help guide them. He recently shared with a group of reporters that his eldest daughter, Caroline, wants to work in the film industry and his middle child, Dani, is still deciding what do to. However, Dani may want to follow her father’s footsteps and go into music after releasing a song called “I Don’t Love You Like That” in May.
“Dani, we’re still trying to figure out what Dani wants to be, but now after that she may want to sing. We’ll see,” said the singer.
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Making the best of these stay at home orders and family time I decided to play around with my garage band and put on my producer hat. With my daughter @dani_rucker back home from college, she joined on lead vocals. Thanks @lee.j.turner and @jeffmarinodrums my co-producers and the Carolina Grey Boys. (@beth.rucker10)
Rucker and his daughter recorded the song at their home during quarantine, and he shared that he was surprised at his daughter’s talent when she started singing. He also says that he wouldn’t discourage her from going into music, but he would want to make sure she knew the reality of the business.
“Dani came in and started singing once I had this all set up and the moment she opened her mouth, I really stopped after the first verse and said, ‘Honey, I’m sorry. I didn’t know you were that great,’” he says. “She’s in college now, so I hope she doesn’t want to sing, but if she does, we can talk about that after college.”
“My advice would be get some thick skin, kid. Get some thick skin,” he added.
Rucker also shared that his youngest child Jack is working towards becoming a professional golfer. Rucker is an avid golfer himself, but his teenage son isn’t quick to take his dad’s advice about golf right now.
“I cannot teach him anything. He’s a 15-year-old. I haven’t done anything right in two years,” says Rucker with a laugh.
Although Rucker isn’t shelling out the golfing advice, the singer says he and his son have had some recent talks about the country’s current events and political issues, including the pandemic and the movement for racial equality.
“With these things right now, you can’t keep anything from a kid,” says Rucker. “He’s finding out the things that he thinks he wants to find out, and we’re talking about it. He’s forming his opinions, and sometimes I have to sit down and let him know that’s probably not the opinion you want to have, you want to rethink that and look at that again, but that’s a part of being a parent. He’s a good kid, he’s a smart kid, he’s really motivated in what he wants to do in life, so we’re getting closer and definitely having serious conversations about that, and I think that’s what you have to do.”