The award winning country music group Rascal Flatts have been together since 1999. The group formed when cousins Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus came to Nashville and joined up with Joe Don Rooney. The group has 16 number one hits and 10 award winning albums. In 2017, they released their 10th album “Back To Us” with Big Machine Records. They have won a Grammy, numerous People Choice Awards, CMT, CMA, ACM, and AMA awards. You name it, they’ve won it. What can be better than that? How about a happy marriage, and beautiful healthy children. Find out who are the better halves of Rascal Flatts band members Gary LeVox, Jay Demarcus, and Joe Don Rooney.
Love At First Sight
It was love at first sight for Gary LeVox. He met Tara Vernon back stage at gospel music festival in Decatur, Alabama were his was a backup singer for a gospel artist. In an interview with CMT Radio Gary shared, “A lady came up and was standing with her daughter, and we were just talking. And I knew at that moment that I was looking at my future wife. It was the weirdest thing ever.” On May 15, 1999 Gary married his sweetheart, Tara. Together they have two daughters, Brittany Kay Vernon, born August 26, 2000 and Brooklyn Leigh Vernon, born March 21, 2004. Although Gary and Tara make their home in Tennessee, in his heart, Ohio is still “Home Sweet Home”.
Beauty and Brains
Jay DeMarcus and Allison Alderson tied the knot on May 15, 2004. They have two children together, daughter Madeline Leigh, born on December 17, 2010, and son Dylan Jay, born on July 20, 2012. Jay met his wive on set while making the music video for the song “These Days”. Allison is a natural in front of the camera as the reigning Miss Tennessee Teen (1994), Miss Tennessee (1999), and Miss Tennessee USA (2002). Not only is this lady beautiful, she’s also smart. Growing up in Jackson, Tennessee, Allison graduated from the University School of Jackson. She then graduated Cum Laude from Rhodes College in 1999 with a degree in business administration. As a graduate of Rhodes College she won the Wall Street Journal Award of Excellence in Finance for being the top finance student. Allison also studied at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Allison works on the CMT Show Hot 20 Countdown and is regular host of the Miss Tennessee pageant. She’s also a member of numerous board of directors including the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and she somehow finds time to volunteer for many causes, such as the Harvest Food Bank.
A Winning Combination
Tiffany Fallon married Joe Don Rooney on April 23, 2006. This former Miss Georgia, and 1st runner up for Miss USA 2001, found her perfect match in Joe Don. Tiffany graduated from Florida State University with a degree in sports management. In high school, she played volleyball, soccer, and ran track. This athletic lady was also Playboy’s Miss December 2004, and has appeared on television’s The Celebrity Apprentice. Joe Don and Tiffany reside near Nashville raising their three children – son Jagger Donovan, born May 31, 2008, daughter Raquel Blue, born September 7, 2010, and youngest daughter Devon Olivia, born September 29, 2014. During a 2009 online interview with People, Joe Don says, “I love her; I’ve always loved her drive and her zeal for life, but to see her be a great mom is the most magical thing. She’s such a devoted mother.” What a beautiful sentiment!
It’s inspiring to know the creators of Rascal Flatts have found their perfect partners for life. Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney have worked hard professionally to produce great music for all of us to enjoy. It’s good to know they have the kind of marriages that endure the many challenges associated with being one of country music’s most talented groups ever. Fans of Rascal Flatts look forward to hearing great music from them for many more years.
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