Rascal Flatts received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 17, 2012. Producer David Foster was on hand as a celebrity speaker for the group. Foster compared the country group to artists such as Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, Chicago stated ” like all these great artists you know it is them the minute you hear the song”.
The star was presented by Emcee Leron Gubler, President/CEO Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The band unveil the 2,480th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Recording at 6664 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Sergeant Supply Store.
The ceremony was streamed live at www.WalkofFame.com for their fans who could not attend the ceremony.
The band attended the ceremony with their families and special guests including lleana Douglas and Johnathon Schaech. Fans were on hand to cheer the band on and the band signed autographs after the ceremony.
Lead singer Gary Levox spoke about the dreams he and his cousin Jay DeMarcus had from their upbring in Ohio, while Joe Don Rooney spoke of advice his mother gave him in Oklahoma.
Rascal Flatts began their musical journey in the year 2000 when they released their first album. It was just a couple of years earlier when Gary LeVox (lead vocals) and Jay DeMarcus (bassist and background vocals), cousins from the Columbus, Ohio, and Joe Don Rooney, from Picher, Oklahoma, teamed up in a club in Nashville’s Printers Alley. It was in that club, the Fiddle & Steel Guitar Bar, where they discovered they had a vocal sound that was something special.
They earned the band a record deal and have more than 21 million albums sold and 25 million digital downloads. They have seen 14 singles hit the top of the charts, spending more than eight months collectively at #1. They have won more than 40 major awards, including seven ACM trophies for “Vocal Group of the Year” and six trophies for CMA “Vocal Group of the Year.”
Recently they added a Grand Ole Opry membership and the prestigious Country Radio Seminar 2012 Artist Humanitarian Award to their list of accomplishments for their charitable endeavors with the Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, where they have donated more than 3 million dollars, the Make A Wish foundation, The Jason Foundation and The American Red Cross.
Their list of hits include “Bless the Broken Road,” “What Hurts The Most,” “My Wish,” “Take Me There,” “Here Comes Goodbye,” “Life Is A Highway,” “I Won’t Let Go,” and many more.
Rascal Flatts new album “Changed”, released earlier this spring, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, giving them the distinction of being one of only four acts to have seven consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot.
Their live performances have resulted in more than six million career concert tickets sold. The band is currently on the Farmers Insurance Presents “Changed Tour” which recently sold out Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine until October 27.
I spoke with Rascal Flatts after their star ceremony. Click on the video to see what the band had to tell myself and a few reporters about receiving a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and more.
For more information on the band: http://www.rascalflatts.com/