From just being a few country boys who just wanted to make music, to being one of the best music groups in the world. The band Rascal Flatts consists of members Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus, have made it big in the music industry. I have always wondered what they did before they were famous, or how successful was their first album, or even just how much success they have had in general. Which is why I found it so important to me to write this article about personally one of my absolute favorite bands.
Before the band Rascal Flatts was famous, members Gary LeVox and James DeMarcus were just second cousins. Back In 1997, James called Gary and convinced him to come to Nashville to create some harmonies for the album “Gospel” by Michael English that he was producing. Around this time, DeMarcus became the band leader of Chely Wright’s band, which is where he stumbled upon the third member of Rascal Flatts, Joe Don Rooney.
At the time, Rooney was the guitarist of Chely Wright’s band. Shortly afterLeVox and DeMarcus invited Rooney to play with them, 2 years after James called Gary, they were signed to Lyric Street.
In 2000 a mere year after being signed, the band made their debut with their single “ Prayin’ for Daylight” which was on their album, “ Rascal Flatts”. It was released on June 6th, 2000, and it sold 200 million copies in just one year. The album was certified 2x platinum by the RIAA.
Rascal Flatts has gone far and has made somewhat of a legacy of themselves in the past years. Selling over 22.5 million albums and over 28 million digital downloads, they are the most awarded country group with 15 #1 singles at the top of the charts.
The band wasn’t always a worldwide name; it takes a lot to live your dream but in the end it will all be worth it. Before Rascal Flatts they were just normal people with a huge dream. Their very first album was a huge success with plenty of records sold, but it took time to produce and create. All of their success took a lot of work and determination ,but they are living their dreams being the most decorated country band in the world.