Rascal Flatts was an American country music band founded in 1999. Its members were Gary LeVox (lead vocals), Jay DeMarcus (bass guitar, background vocals), and Joe Don Rooney (lead guitar, background vocals). DeMarcus is LeVox's second cousin, a brother-in-law of country music singer James Otto, and a former member of the contemporary Christian music duo East to West.
From 2000 to 2010, they recorded for Disney Music Group's former Lyric Street Records division. While on that label, they released six studio albums, all of which have been certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In order of release, they are Rascal Flatts (2000), Melt (2002), Feels Like Today (2004), Me and My Gang (2006), Still Feels Good (2007), and Unstoppable (2009). After Lyric Street closed in 2010, they moved to Big Machine Records, for which they have released four studio albums and one Christmas album: Nothing Like This (2010), Changed (2012), Rewind (2014), The Greatest Gift of All (2016), and their final studio album, Back to Us (2017).
Rascal Flatts has released more than forty singles, sixteen of which have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, and/or Canada Country charts. Their longest-lasting No. 1 single, a cover of Marcus Hummon's "Bless the Broken Road", spent five weeks in that position in 2005. Through 2006–07, "What Hurts the Most" was No. 1 on both the Hot Country Songs and Adult Contemporary charts, and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On January 7, 2020, the band announced that they would be disbanding following a farewell tour after 21 years together; however, this farewell tour was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rascal Flatts officially disbanded in October 2021, owing both to the cancellation of the farewell tour and Rooney's arrest earlier in the year for driving under the influence.
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