Darius Rucker Honors Charleston Church Shooting Victims With ‘Amazing Grace’ [WATCH]
A proud Charleston, S.C., native, Darius Rucker honored the nine victims of the recent shooting at the city's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church with a stunning version of "Amazing Grace" during his 2015 Southern Style Tour stop in Cedar Park, Texas, on Friday night (June 19).
Standing under a single spotlight, Rucker belted out the first verse of the hymn without any backing music, receiving loud cheers from the assembled crowd, some of whom sang along.
Rucker also spoke out about the tragedy during an appearance on the TV show The Talk.
"I want to say to all the people at the Mother Emanuel, my love is there," he says. "But to the people of Charleston -- people ask me all the time what my favorite part of Charleston is, and I always say the people, and they proved it through this. I'm so proud of my community, my town, the way we got together.
"He tried to spread us apart," Rucker continues, in reference to the shooter, Dylann Roof, "and he just got us together and made us stronger."
Rucker first shared his thoughts on the shooting on Twitter on the afternoon following the incident.
"I don't know what to say," he tweeted. "I am in utter shock."
The next day (June 19), Rucker tweeted, "Thankful to be part of a community that can come together in a time of need."
Rucker's sophomore country album was called Charleston, S.C., in tribute to his hometown.
“I love being from Charleston,” Rucker tells The Boot. “The thing I love the most is the people. I’ve always thought it was a nice place. I love the beach. There’s not a lot about Charleston that I don’t like.”
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