Darius Rucker, Chris Daughtry to sing national anthem at NCAA Final Four

Chris Daughtry of the rock band Daughtry perfoms at the Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular at Liberty State Park on Jan. 27, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. Getty Images

Award-winning country singer-songwriter Darius Rucker and multi-platinum recording artist Chris Daughtry will perform the national anthem at the NCAA Final Four.

Rucker will sing the anthem before Monday's championship game, when he will be accompanied by the Jazz Singers vocal ensemble from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performance and Visual Arts in Dallas.

Daughtry will perform before Saturday's games. He will be backed by the Fort McHenry drum and fife corps in celebration of the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Rucker first broke into the mainstream music scene in the mid-1990s as the frontman of the band Hootie & The Blowfish. He released his third country album last year.


"I didn't think I could get a record deal," Rucker told CBS News about venturing into country music." Like I say all the time, I wouldn't have given me a record deal. I was a pop guy who had just had this huge success with his band and everything had leveled off. Why would I take a chance with ... this new guy in country music? I mean, you know, the pop guy coming on country never works."

Daughtry and his band have had four No. 1 hits, selling over 8 million albums worldwide.

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