It is hard to believe this popular country music
group has been around for such a relatively short time. Rascal Flatts has only released four albums with their first being in the year 2000, but they already have won many awards and the hearts of many fans. The band consists of three talented men, and two of those are cousins. Gary LeVox is the man behind that fantastic lead singing voice. He was born July 10, 1970 in Columbus, Ohio. His second cousin is the bassist, Jay DeMarcus who was born April 27, 1971 in Columbus, Ohio. Joe Don Rooney plays the electric guitar and was born September 13, 1975, in Baxter Springs, Kansas.
The release of their first album in 2000 titled “Rascal Flatts” produced their first country chart topping hit, “Prayin’ for Daylight.” The year 2002 brought the hugely successful album titled, “Melt,” which brought Rascal Flatts the recognition they needed. It also brought four hits that topped the country music charts. The band won their first #one hit with the title cut “Melt,” with “These Days” following the same path. The album got immense air play on country radio stations. The songs continued to grow in popularity. The great song, “Mayberry” reminisces of small town life from the past and this song made it to #one in 2004 also. The other chart-topper from the “Melt” album was “Love You Out Loud.”
The awards were numerous for this now famous group after the “Melt” success. In the year 2003, Rascal Flatts won the Country Music Association (CMA) award for Vocal Group of the Year. They also won the Academy of Country Music (ACM) award the same year for Top Vocal Group and for Song of the Year. They also won the Country Music Television (CMT) Flameworthy Music Video Award in 2003 for Group/Duo of the Year. The awards continued into the year 2004 with another CMT Flameworthy Music Video Award for Group/Duo of the Year. Rascal Flatts still weren’t finished receiving awards for the album “Melt,” they did it again with another CMA for Vocal Group of the Year in 2004!
The very next year they released the “Feels Like Today” album with “Bless the Broken Road” making it to #one on the country charts. Their release of this song won them three Grammy Award nominations. They won for the Best Country Song category. Rascal Flatts again won the CMA award for Vocal Group of the Year in 2005 as well as the ACM award again for Top Vocal Group. The song titled, “Fast Cars and Freedom” made it to #one on the country charts with “Skin (Sarabeth)” not far behind at #two. In May of 2005 they also performed their hit “Bless the Broken Road” live with Carrie Underwood on the popular American Idol television show.
The release of their newest album in 2006 titled, “Me and My Gang” is again proving to be successful for Rascal Flatts. The year isn’t over and it has already moved into the top country album spot with more than two million copies sold. The song “What Hurts the Most” has already made it to #one on the country charts. This phenomenal group has again won the ACM award for Top Vocal Group this year as well as the CMT Flameworthy Video Music Award for Group/Duo of the Year. Rascal Flatts also did a song and video for the Disney animated movie titled “Cars” which was released in June of 2006. The song “Life is a Highway” is also a chart topping success. The title track from this current album, “Me and My Gang” is gaining in popularity and is getting a lot of radio air time. The group is currently touring across the country and their shows are said to be fantastic! Maybe they will be coming to your town next and you can see for yourself just how dynamic Rascal Flatts is! The year is not over, so I guess time will tell how many more songs from this album will reach the #one spot on the charts. I know I’ll be listening and watching!