1. Rascal Flatts is an American country pop music group formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1999.
2. The band is composed of Gary LeVox (lead vocals) and second cousins Jay DeMarcus (bass guitar, keyboards, background vocals) and Joe Don Rooney (electric guitar, background vocals).
3. DeMarcus is a brother-in-law of country singer James Otto, and formerly one-half of the Christian music duo East to West.
4. From 2000 to 2010, they recorded for Disney Music Group’s Lyric Street Records.
5. While on that label, they released seven albums, all of which have been certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
6. After Lyric Street closed in 2010, they moved to the independent Big Machine Records, for which they have released three more albums: Nothing Like This (2010), Changed (2012), and Rewind (2014).
7. Their studio albums have accounted for more than 25 singles, of which 12 have reached No. 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs and/or Country Airplay.
8. In 2005 06, “What Hurts the Most” was No. 1 on both the country and Adult Contemporary charts, and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
9. Rascal Flatts’ founding was at Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar in Nashville, Tennessee.
10. Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus are second cousins from a musical family. DeMarcus moved to Nashville in 1992, earning his first record deal as part of a Christian group called East to West; his brother-in-law, James Otto, is also a country music singer.
11. In 1997, DeMarcus called LeVox, and convinced him to come to Nashville and provide some harmonies on Michael English’s album Gospel, which he was producing.
12. At the same time, DeMarcus had become the bandleader of Chely Wright’s band, where he met Joe Don Rooney, the guitarist in that band.
13. DeMarcus and LeVox were working in a Printer’s Alley nightclub and when their part-time guitarist could not make it one night, DeMarcus invited Rooney to join them.
14. Singer Mila Mason recommended the group to record producers Mark Bright and Marty Williams, who played Lyric Street Records A&R Doug Howard a three-song demo and Howard thought they were “just incredible.”
15. After he’d heard the demos, the band went into the Lyric Street offices the next day, sat down with acoustic guitars, and played a couple of songs.
16. According to Howard in an interview with HitQuarters: “The vocals and harmonies, it was all there I was just blown away.
17. The lead singer has such a unique and compelling voice.” The band was signed to Lyric Street in late 1999.
18. “I’m Movin’ On” was awarded Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music in 2002.
19. Stephen Thomas Erlewine called it “a sunny, pleasing modern country-pop album”.
20. Unlike their previous album, Rascal Flatts co-produced Melt. The album included two more top ten hits, “Love You Out Loud” and “I Melt”, and the band’s second number-one single, “Mayberry”.
21. The music video for “I Melt” featured partial nudity and was banned from the Great American Country network.
22. Rascal Flatts’s third album was entitled Feels Like Today, released in late 2004.