Country music group Rascal Flatts (Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, Joe Don Rooney) first came together in Columbus, Ohio, back in 1999. The trio have released twelve studio albums— Rascal Flatts (2000), Melt (2002), Feels Like Today (2004), Me and My Gang (2006), Still Feels Good (2007), Greatest Hits Volume 1 (2008), Unstoppable (2009), Nothing Like This (2010), Changed (2012), Rewind (2014), The Greatest Gift of All (2016), and Back to Us (2017). Learn more about this successful band through the collection of Rascal Flatts facts below!
7 Rascal Flatts Facts
1) Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus are related! The pair are second cousins.
2) At first, Gary LeVox did not think Joe Don Rooney could keep up with the band on guitar. He was proven wrong when Rooney filled in for their regular guitarist and played a six hour show.
3) In the late 90s, Gary LeVox was roommates with actor-singer Jamie Foxx while pursing a music career in California.
4) Does the name ‘Rascal Flatts’ mean anything? Not really. A friend of the group suggested the name of his high school garage band when the three couldn’t come up with an original name for themselves.
5) Rascal Flatts’ “I Melt” music video caused some controversy when it debuted and was even banned from GAC. Why? Joe Don Rooney’s backside makes a cameo and there’s quite a bit of nudity…
Rascal Flatts I Melt Music Video
6) Rascal Flatts seems to love beauty queens! On May 15, 2004, Jay DeMarcus married Allison Alderson a former Miss Tennessee and Miss Tennessee USA. Joe Don Rooney married Tiffany Fallon on April 23, 2006, she is a former Miss Georgia USA. More on their wives here.
7) Jay DeMarcus was born as Stanley Wayne DeMarcus Jr.; on April 26, 1971 in Columbus, Ohio. He became an American bassist, vocalist, pianist, record producer and songwriter.. Besides his two children with wife Allison, daughter Madeline and son Dylan, Jay DeMarcus also has an older daughter from a previous relationship. The baby was given up for adoption.
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