For Rascal Flatts, music runs in the family. The trio is made up of second cousins Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus, along with Joe Don Rooney, whom DeMarcus met when the two were in Chely Wright’s band together in the late 1990s. DeMarcus had earlier found success — including a record deal — in Nashville with a Christian music band, East to West, and convinced his cousin LeVox to move from his native Ohio to pursue a career as well. And so, on one fortuitous night, the three men performed together … and quickly realized their potential as a trio. They signed a record deal with Lyric Street in 1999, released their self-titled debut album in 2000 and earned instant success: The disc’s four singles all hit the Billboard Top 10, and a string of No. 1 records and hit singles, including some crossover successes, followed. Rascal Flatts are tied with Dave Matthews Band as the group with the most Billboard 200 No. 1 albums in the 2000s. After Lyric Street closed in 2010, the Flatts signed to Big Machine, continuing to produce hit after hit. The trio tours consistently, even holding a residency in Las Vegas in 2015.
Founding Date: 1999
Did You Know ...: DeMarcus has also done work as a producer, for everyone from Kix Brooks to Chicago.
There's no denying that family is important to country artists, and while dads, siblings and extended family members often play just as big a role in country singers' lives, right now, we're celebrating the moms.
Fifteen years ago today (April 28, 2000) is a day that Rascal Flatts will likely never forget. It was on this day that the trio, made up of Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus, made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
Rascal Flatts released "Here" in September 2008, as the fifth single from their Still Feels Good album; it became a No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in January 2009. The tune was written by songwriters Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson, shortly after Steele lost his 13-year-old-son Alex in an accident on Jan. 28, 2007. Inside, Steele tells The Boot about how the song came to be.
Alabama, Brooks & Dunn and Rascal Flatts each walked away from the 2015 ACM Awards as winners -- but not in any of the usual categories. The three country music acts were honored by the Guinness Book of World Records for their outstanding careers.
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