Rascal Flatts Celebrates No. 1 Single, Platinum Album

The trio talks success with new label home.

Pictured (from left) with their platinum plaques for Nothing Like This are Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney, Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox and Big Machine Label Group president and CEO Scott Borchetta.
photo by Ed Rode, Courtesy of Big Machine Records

The members of Rascal Flatts had double the reason to celebrate during a party at Nashville's Hard Rock Cafe yesterday. Prior to the party, which was originally slated to celebrate a No. 1 record, the trio’s label president, Scott Borchetta, broke the news that the group’s latest album, Nothing Like This, has gone platinum.

The album is the trio’s first release with the Big Machine Label Group. “This day and age there are not a lot of people going out and buying records, so to sell a million in this environment is truly a blessing and mind-blowing. What a great day,” said lead singer Gary Levox. The group’s Jay DeMarcus added, “We had a lot of goals that we set for our business and one of those was trying to go platinum.”

The party also centered on the success of Rascal Flatts’ latest single, “I Won’t Let Go,” a song that Jay says is on par with their signature ballad, “Bless the Broken Road.”

"The first time we heard [“I Won’t Let Go”], we thought it was a home run. It’s such a universal lyric that can mean so many things to different people,” he said. “We’re so happy for [songwriters] Jason Sellers and Steve Robinson. I think that song will be as timeless as ‘Broken Road’ has been in our career.”

The trio, which has recently recorded a string of duets with artists such as Lionel Richie and Justin Bieber, also talked about another recent collaboration, their hit song “Easy,” featuring pop singer Natasha Bedingfield. “We were pitched ‘Easy’ as a song but it wasn’t a duet when it was first pitched to us. Somebody brought up the point that it would be a great duet,” said Jay. “I think it was Gary that said it would be a good song for somebody to do a duet with. When we started looking for people to sing with and people we thought could hang with Gary and get in the studio and match his chops, the list got very short, but at the top of that list was Natasha. We were so happy to find out that she was familiar with who we were and had been a fan since she heard ‘Broken Road.’ She responded that she wanted to be involved. Those two got in the studio and were singing across from each other and it was really amazing to watch them work together. It inspired the band while we were in there watching it.”

Sounds like another celebration could be just around the corner for this trio.

You can hear samples of all songs on this new album on our review of Nothing Like This.

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