Member Since 2011
Country trio Rascal Flatts is one-third Gary LeVox, one-third Jay DeMarcus, and one-third Joe Don Rooney. DeMarcus and LeVox, both from Columbus, Ohio, founded the group and later added Rooney, a Picher, Okla., native. Rascal Flatts came together when second cousins DeMarcus and LeVox invited Rooney to sit in as a substitute guitar player at a Printer's Alley gig in Nashville. At the time, DeMarcus and Rooney were also playing in country star Chely Wright's band.
After landing a record deal with Lyric Street Records, Rascal Flatts recorded an eclectic mix of country, pop, R&B, and more, releasing it as the trio's debut self-titled album. "Prayin' for Daylight" became the group's first smash single. "This Everyday Love" soon followed. The band's second album, Melt, appeared in October 2002. With the success of the first single, "These Days," Melt sold a million copies in eight weeks. A live album served as a bridge between Melt and 2004's chart-topping Feels Like Today, while Me and My Gang arrived in April 2006. Rascal Flatts' 2007 release, Still Feels Good, was certified platinum that same year, which included the hit "Take Me There." The group's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 album was released Oct. 28, 2008. Aptly named, Unstoppable bowed in 2009, with "Here Comes Goodbye" and "Summer Nights."
Rascal Flatts has won the Academy of Country Music's Top Vocal Group Award seven times (2002-2008), while the Country Music Association awarded the group its Horizon Award in 2002 followed by six consecutive Vocal Group of the Year trophies (2003-2008). The group became members of the Grand Ole Opry in October, 2011.