Über Rascal Flatts
Cousins Jay DeMarcus and Gary LeVox (born Gary Vernon) both nurtured their dreams of musical stardom while growing up in Ohio. When DeMarcus landed in Chely Wright's band, he convinced LeVox to quit his job and join him in Nashville. DeMarcus met Joe Don Rooney through Wright's band, and when their regular guitarist couldn't make a show, Rooney offered to step in and Rascal Flatts was born. The trio signed to Lyric Street, and in 2000 released its eponymous debut, which produced four hit singles. In 2002, they coproduced their sophomore effort, I Melt, which again produced four hit singles -- including two No. 1s. If there was any nervousness about following up a double-platinum seller, it didn't show on 2004's Feels Like Today, which debuted in the top slot on both the pop and country charts. In 2006, Rascal Flatts added another feather to an already heavily decorated cap when their version of "Life Is a Highway," recorded for the Pixar movie Cars, topped the ringtone charts. The single did so well, it was added onto their fourth album, Me and My Gang. Still Feels Good was released in 2007, followed by Greatest Hits in 2008.Bio addendum: In 2009, the band released their sixth studio effort, the aptly titled, Unstoppable.