On the same day as the horrific shooting deaths of two journalists in Virginia, Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker dedicated “Amazing Grace” to Charleston, South Carolina, his hometown that suffered through a mass church shooting in June.

Rucker performed an a cappella rendition of “Amazing Grace” and delivered heartfelt words to Charleston residents at his beachside taping for CMT’s Instant Jam.

“We went through a lot of crap recently — the tragedy broke my heart,” Rucker, 49, said. “The greatest feeling I’ve had in a long time is when that played out and our city didn’t divide. We said this is us. We said to that guy ..‘You wanted to mess with our city and instead you brought us together.’Read more…

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Darius Rucker sings ‘Amazing Grace’ in tribute to hometown after Charleston shooting