RASCAL FLATTS EXCLUSIVE: SECOND IN A THREE-PART SERIES JAY DeMARCUS

In this second installment of our look at Rascal Flatts—Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney—Jay talks about his early Ohio days.

You might find this hard to believe, but I was the class clown as a kid [grins]. And I wasn't a very good student. My mind was in the clouds. I wanted to make music.

I was born April 26, 1971, in Columbus, Ohio, and from the very earliest memories I have, I loved, breathed and ate music. While everyone else was out playin' in the yard, I'd be in my room . . . practicin', listenin' to music. But, considering the family I was born into, it would've been surprising if I hadn't loved music. My mom, Caron, was Country Music Queen of Ohio in 1969. And she actually won a record deal with Decca Records in that contest, but didn't take it because she wanted to stay in Columbus with my father.

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Jay headshot by Russ Harrington

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