Rascal Flatts : Country Music Group

Rascal Flatts is a country music group, two of the members are from Columbus, Ohio. Needless to say we Ohioans are proud of Rascal Flatts. The popular group is comprised of lead vocalist Gary LeVox born July 10, 1970 in Columbus, Ohio, bassist Jay DeMarcus born April 27, 1971 in Columbus, Ohio and electric guitarist Joe Don Rooney born September 13, 1975 in Baxter Springs, Kansas. Gary and Jay are second cousins.

Most articles take a group and give you information of the group as a whole forgetting the group is comprised of individuals who are different in many ways. In this article I am going to give you information to get to know each individual as the person they are and then cover ‘the group’.

Gary LeVox’s given name is Gary Wayne Vernon Jr. He was born in Columbus Ohio on July 10th, 1970 at Ohio Riverside Hospital. He graduated from Olentangy High School. He married his wife Tara on May 15, 1999, they have two daughters. His first job was working on a horse farm.

Jay DeMarcus was born Stanley Wayne DeMarcus Jr. on April 26th 1971 in Columbus Ohio. He attended Tree of Life Lee University before he joined a Christian duo, east to West. He left after 4 years, hoping to pursue Producing. He attended Tree of Life, Lee University before he joined a Christian duo, east to West. He left after 4 years, in hopes to pursue producing. Not to long after that Jay convinced his cousin Gary LeVox to move to Nashville and sing. At the time Jay was Chely Wright’s band leader.

Joe Don Rooney was born on September 13, 1975 in Baxter Springs, Kansas. He grew up in Picher, Oklahoma. Rooney attended Picher-Cardin High School and 2 years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. In January of 1998, Joe got a call from Preston Stanfill, Chely Wright’s drummer. He had seen Joe perform in the family show called the Ozark Mountain Hoe Down and was wondering if he would be interested in playing acoustic guitar and singing back-up vocals in Chely’s band. Joe was ready and on his way in an hour.

Then the group now known as Rascal Flatts was about to start taking shape. The group came together when second cousins Demarcus and Levox asked Rooney to sit in as a substitute guitar player at a Printer’s Alley gig in Nashville Tn. The rest is history. After landing a record deal with Lyric Street Records, Rascal Flatts recorded a mix of country, pop and R&B, the trio’s debut self-titled album. “Prayin’ for Daylight” became the group’s first smash single. “This Everyday Love” soon followed. The group has had great success ever since and has these accomplishments and much more to their name

Me & My Gang Ships PLATINUM (4/4/06)
Me & My Gang Ships GOLD (4/4/06)
Bless the Broken Road Goes PLATINUM in digital downloads (6/23/05)
Bless the Broken Road Goes GOLD in digital downloads (6/23/05)
Melt” Goes DOUBLE PLATINUM (03/06/04)
Melt” Goes PLATINUM (12/06/02)
Melt” Ships GOLD (12/06/02)
Rascal Flatts” Goes DOUBLE PLATINUM (6/30/05)
Rascal Flatts” Goes PLATINUM (4/17/02)
Rascal Flatts” Goes GOLD (8/15/01)

Rascal Flatts has much more planned for the future and I am sure they will remain popular for many years to come.

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