Rascal Flatts is an American country music band founded in Columbus, Ohio. Since its inception, Rascal Flatts has been composed of three members: Gary LeVox (lead vocals), Jay DeMarcus (bass guitar, keyboards, vocals), and Joe Don Rooney (lead guitar, vocals). DeMarcus and LeVox are also second cousins. Rascal Flatts has released six studio albums and a greatest hits album, all on Lyric Street Records. Their first two albums, 2000's Rascal Flatts and 2002's Melt, have been certified 2× Multi-Platinum and 3× Multi-Platinum, respectively, in the United States, while 2004's Feels Like Today and 2006's Me and My Gang have received 5× Multi-Platinum and 5× Multi-Platinum certifications respectively. 2007's Still Feels Good is certified 2× Multi-Platinum. Their new album, Unstoppable, was released on April 7, 2009, and has been certified platinum.
About Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts have also released twenty-four singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including ten Number Ones. A cover of Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is a Highway”, from the soundtrack to the 2006 film Cars, also entered the country music charts from unsolicited airplay. Their longest-lasting Number One is “Bless the Broken Road” (late 2004–early 2005) at five weeks, while their biggest crossover single is “What Hurts the Most”, which topped both the country and Adult Contemporary charts in 2006, and was a Top Ten pop hit.
Rascal Flatts released their first Greatest Hits CD, Greatest Hits Volume 1 on October 28, 2008. The album contains 13 of their biggest songs, starting with “Prayin’ for Daylight” and going through “Life Is a Highway”. The limited edition of the album contains a second disc with three Christmas songs: “White Christmas”, “Jingle Bell Rock”, and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”. A year later in October 2009, they released a second edition of their greatest hits collection, this time with a second disc containing live performances of “Take Me There”, “Summer Nights”, “Me & My Gang”, and “Winner at a Losing Game”.
Rascal Flatts released the first single “Here Comes Goodbye” from their album, Unstoppable, to radio on January 20, and the album was released on April 7, 2009. The song was co-written by American Idol season 6 finalist Chris Sligh. The second single, “Summer Nights”, co-written by Gary LeVox, was released in early May 2009 debuting at #57 and topped out at #2 on the country charts. The group performed Summer Nights at the CMT Music Awards, Oprah’s Kickoff Party, and the finale of America’s Got Talent. The third single off the album, “Why”, peaked at #18 on the country charts. Rascal Flatts performed “Why” on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. The band will be releasing their next single, “Unstoppable,” in January 2010.
A special release version of their album, Unstoppable, is available at JCPenney stores nationwide. It features a special release song entitled “American Living” only available on the albums sold at JCPenney stores. JCPenney is an official sponsor of Rascal Flatts’ Unstoppable American Living Tour in an two-year partnership and $1 of every CD sold at JCPenney will be donated to the JCPenney Afterschool Fund.
Rascal Flatts is currently filming an episode of CSI, in which they will be performing a concert. The episode air date is March 4, 2010.