Rascal Flatts At Grand Ole Opry
Sensational harmonies and superb musicianship are just two ways to describe one of country's favorites groups, Rascal Flatts. The band is comprised of Gary LeVox on lead vocals; Jay DeMarcus on bass, keyboard, piano, and vocals; and Joe Don Rooney on lead guitar and vocals. Cousins from a musical family, LeVox and DeMarcus were playing a gig together in a Printer's Alley nightclub in Nashville when their part-time guitarist didn't show, so they invited an acquaintance, Rooney, to join them on stage for the night. The crowd loved the trio, so at the insistence of an audience member they adopted the name Rascal Flatts and it's history from there.
Rascal Flatts signed a recording contract with Lyric Street in late 1999 and released their debut single, “Prayin' for Daylight,” in early 2000. The song which was featured on their debut self-titled album, Rascal Flatts, reached No. 3 on the Billboard Country Music Charts. Following that song's lead, three other songs from the album made the Top Ten chart, “This Everyday Love,” “While You Loved Me,” and “I'm Movin' On.” Their first No. 1 single, “These Days,” was on their second album Melt. It included the other hits “Love You Out Loud,” “I Melt,” and the band's second No. 1 single, “Mayberry.”
For the next several years, Rascal Flatts remained on the Billboard Country Music Charts with their hits “Bless the Broken Road,” “Fast Cars and Freedom,” “My Wish,” and “Stand.” In 2006, the group recorded “Life Is a Highway” for the Pixar film Cars, which helped expand their audience and following. The group is widely loved by young adults and children which is fairly uncommon for modern country music. The group's later hits include, “Take Me There,” “Winner at a Losing Game,” “Every Day,” and “Here.”
Since their debut in 2000, Rascal Flatts has released 8 studio albums, 12 No. 1 singles, 36 charted songs, and received numerous awards. The group was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on October 8, 2011.