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Rascal Flatts Biography

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Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts

Lyric Street Records

Rascal Flatts Basic Facts:

Jay DeMarcus (multi-instrumentalist/vocalist), born April 26, 1971
Gary LeVox (vocalist), born July 10, 1970
Joe Don Rooney (guitarist/vocalist), born September 13, 1975

Country Style: Contemporary Country

Rascal Flatts Quote:

"Our goal now is to be better than we were yesterday." (band member Jay DeMarcus)

Rascal Flatts Songwriting:

The guys of Rascal Flatts are all accomplished songwriters, and have written several of their hits. But, they don't go so far as to only record their own music. One of their biggest hits, the Grammy-winning "Bless the Broken Road" was written by Jeff Hannah and Marcus Hummon.

Some of the hits the guys have written or co-written include "Winner at a Losing Game," "Fast Cars and Freedom" and "I Melt."

Musical Influences:

Gary - Alabama, Shenandoah, George Jones, Earl Thomas Conley, Keith Whitley and Stevie Wonder
Joe Don - Eric Clapton, Chet Atkins and Vince Gill
Jay - Merle Haggard, George Jones and Johnny Cash

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Rascal Flatts Biography:

The band Rascal Flatts consists of cousins Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus, plus pal Joe Don Rooney.

Jay DeMarcus started his career as part of the Christian group East to West. He moved to Nashville in 1992, and convinced Gary to move from their hometown in Columbus, Ohio to Nashville in 1997.

After leaving East to West, Jay joined Chely Wright's band, where he met Joe Don Rooney. One evening, while Jay and Gary were playing a gig in a Nashville club, their part-time guitarist couldn't make it, so Gary invited Joe Don to sit in, and the rest is history. The trio took the name Rascal Flatts, and in 1999, they were signed to Lyric Street Records.

The guys released Rascal Flatts in 2000, following on the heels of their hot debut single, "Prayin' for Daylight." The single would peak at No. 3, and three more singles would follow off the debut album, all charting in the Top 10.

Number One Success
Their sophomore album, Melt, was released in 2001, and the debut single off the disc, "These Days," would become the group's first No. 1 song. Three additional songs, "Love You Outloud," "I Melt" and "Mayberry" followed, all achieving Top 3 success, the latter also reaching No. 1.

Feels Like Today was the third album by Rascal Flatts, and with it came three more Top 10 songs, including two more No. 1's with "Bless the Broken Road" and "Fast Cars and Freedom."

Success just kept coming their way, and their fourth studio album, Me and My Gang, had the biggest debut week sales (722,000 copies) of 2006 in any genre of music, and the second highest selling album of the year, earning 3.5 million in sales by the end of the year. They were also named the Top selling Group in any genre of music for 2006.

Still Feels Good became Rascal Flatts fifth studio release. They were one of the Top 10 Country Artists of 2007.

Rascal Flatts Live Shows Please Many
The group began headlining in 2002, and by 2005, they were included in the Top 25 tours of the year. In 2006, they played to over one million fans.

In 2008, I caught the Still Feels Good Tour with opening act Taylor Swift, and was blown away. It was definitely the best show I'd seen all year.

On October 28, 2008, the band will release its first Greatest Hits album, which will feature 16 tracks.

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