Country Music's Hit Making Trio
Rascal Flatts burst onto the country music scene in 2000 with their smash hit single “Prayin’ for Daylight” and quickly became one of the genre’s most successful groups. Comprised of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney, Rascal Flatts has dominated country radio and sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, the three musicians first met in the late 1990s while working with country singer Chely Wright. Discovering their vocal harmony blend, they decided to form a group and moved to Nashville to pursue a record deal. After signing with Disney’s Lyric Street Records, the group released their debut single and album in 2000.
With their mix of country, pop, and adult contemporary sounds, Rascal Flatts became a crossover success. Early hits like “This Everyday Love”, “Mayberry”, and “I’m Movin’ On” showcased the group’s tight harmonies and Gary’s distinctive, soulful vocals. Their sophomore album Melt defined their smooth country-pop style and contained the smash ballad “I Melt”.
Rascal Flatts continued topping the charts in the 2000s and 2010s with multi-platinum albums Feels Like Today, Me and My Gang, and Unstoppable. Major hits from this era included “Bless the Broken Road”, “What Hurts the Most”, “My Wish”, and “Why Wait”. They also became known for their high-energy live shows and performed with stars like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.
With over 40 million records sold, Rascal Flatts is the most awarded country group of the past decade. They have earned over 40 Billboard music awards, 7 American Music Awards, and 8 People’s Choice Awards. Other honors include multiple Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association awards.
Though Rascal Flatts announced they will retire from touring in 2021, their mark on country music history has been made. With infectious melodies, Gary’s dynamic voice, and their trademark harmonies, Rascal Flatts became a household name in country music and delivered over a decade of chart-topping hits.