"Rascal Flatts" is an American country music band comprised of lead vocalist Gary LeVox (real name: Gary Wayne Vernon, Jr.) (born July 10, 1970, in Columbus, Ohio), bassist Jay DeMarcus (born April 27, 1971, in Columbus, Ohio) and electric guitarist Joe Don Rooney (born September 13, 1975, in Baxter Springs, Kansas). LeVox and DeMarcus are second cousins.
After landing a record deal with Lyric Street Records the threesome released their eponymous debut in 2000. The band presently has released 4 full length albums. The band's records and live shows have found a relatively large fan following and are filled with excellent songs.
Rascal Flatts achieved notoriety in 2003 with their music video, "I Melt". Some fans objected to the video - which starred band member Rooney and model Christina Auria - because it contained brief nudity, and wanted the video banned from CMT and Great American Country (Ironically, Jay DeMarcus was a member of the Christian pop group East to West in the mid 1990s). Eventually, Rascal Flatts released an edited version of the video, which aired during daytime hours on CMT. http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/SAUCY%20COUNTRY...