Having won nearly 40 major awards trophies in the first decade of their career, Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, who hails from Picher, will gather early next week to celebrate the more than 75 songwriters who have contributed their creative talent to the band’s six previously released studio albums.
“It all starts with a song, we’ve believed that from day one,” said DeMarcus in a news release. “We are so grateful and humbled by the fact that so many of Nashville’s finest song writers have been with us on this incredible ride. We’ve lent our voices to some of these songs that have, quite literally, changed people’s lives. What an enormous blessing. This is just our small way of saying thanks for an incredible first ten years and then, toasting to the next ten!”
A ceremony will be at the Musician’s Hall of Fame in Nashville next week to recognize the indelible contributions of the talented songwriters who have lent their lyrics and melodies to so many of Rascal Flatts’ most memorable hits. Among those to be honored include the 17 writers of Rascal Flatts 11 No. 1 singles, including Blair Daly, Marcus Hummon, Wendell Mobley, Jeffrey Steele and Neil Thrasher.
Rascal Flatts is kicking off 2010 with a bang as they mark not only the beginning of a new decade but also celebrate 10 years of making great music together, becoming one of the hottest touring acts and the top country group of the new millennium. The band has delivered 11 No. 1 singles to the top of the charts and has more titles in Billboard’s Top 100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format.
Over 10 1years, the band has sold more than 20 million albums and 25 million digital downloads, while all six of their studio albums made Billboard’s Top 100 Country Albums of the Decade listing. As the most-awarded country group of the new millennium, Rascal Flatts has brought home nearly 40 trophies from the Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People’s Choice Awards and more.
In concert, Rascal Flatts continues to be one of the hottest touring acts of the decade, with more venue attendance records than any other country act. They have played 400 dates as a headline act, 700 total since 2000, with a ticket tally of nearly 6 million. These shows include three consecutive sold-out performances at Madison Square Garden, and the band also became the first and only country music act to sell out Wrigley Field. The trio has traveled to visit U.S. troops in Iraq on a United Service Organization tour and partnered with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., to raise more than $3 million in the past few years.
Go to www.rascalflatts10.com to learn more about a decade of Rascal Flatts.