Rascal Flatts formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. The group is composed of Gary LeVox, his second cousin Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney.
Jay DeMarcus began his career as one half of the Christian duo East to West.
Gary LeVox and actor/singer Jamie Foxx were roommates for a brief time in the late 1990s while LeVox was pursuing a music career in California. In 2007 Foxx appeared on "She Goes All the Way," a track from Rascal Flatts' Still Feels Good album.
Joe Don Rooney performed together with Keifer Thompson as teenagers, before Joe Don Rooney was part of Rascal Flatts and Keifer Thompson created Thompson Square.
Jay DeMarcus married Allison Alderson on May 15, 2004, after meeting her on the set while filming the video for the Rascal Flatts song, "These Days." Allison is a former beauty queen who has held the titles Miss Tennessee Teen USA 1994, Miss Tennessee 1999 and Miss Tennessee USA 2002. She is now a correspondent for CMT Insider.
Jay DeMarcus is also a brother-in-law of country music singer James Otto. (Allison Alderson's sister is married to Otto.)
Rascal Flatts' fourth album, Me and My Gang, had the highest US debut of 2006, with 721,747 units in its first week. It logged three weeks at #1 on Billboard 200. The record was the second-best selling album (behind High School Musical) of 2006 with sales totaling 3.5 million by the year's end.
On February 25, 2015, Rascal Flatts became the first country band to get its own Las Vegas residency when they started a nine-show run at the Joint, a 4,000 seater venue inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney's first choice for a name, Deuces Wild, had already been taken by several bands. They were unable to come up with an alternative until a piano player friend suggested Rascal Flatts, explaining it was the name of his high school garage band.