It’s hard to believe, but the most awarded band in country music history almost called it quits a year and a half ago. Rascal Flatts, who have sold over 21 million albums, were frustrated with where their careers were and had even stopped talking to each other, reports the Tennessean. Lead singer Gary LeVox explains that the stress of their career plateauing got to the three of them, and how they worked:
“When you’re weighed down with everything you can’t be creative, there’s no time to be creative. You don’t even care about being creative. You’re stressed out.”
Member Jay DeMarcus was wondering if the group still had another ten years left in the tank after they were left out over and over again in categories that they used to dominate:
“The dynamic is so different now than it was, but there were some really tough years. Do we really want to do this for another 10 years? Do we have 10 years left in us? Do we have something left to say as a band?”
A year ago the trio had zero Academy of Country Music nominations; and even lost out on a nomination to a group that’s never played anything bigger than a club or bar venue. It’s thanks to Big Machine that the trio found their single “Why Wait” jump to number one and the trio took time to re-evaluate everything going on with their careers. They made the tough decision to part ways with management company Turner Nichols and Associates after being with them for years. It was the ACM snub that woke the trio up and convinced them to join with Spalding Entertainment, whose other clients include Jason Aldean and Sara Evans.
Now the group feels they’re back on the right path again:
“It’s so peaceful right now,” DeMarcus says. “That was the one thing that I have appreciated over the last year so much is the peacefulness that I feel now in doing what we do. I remember looking at Joe Don on the bus and just laughing and saying, ‘I never knew it could be this easy and fun instead of being stressed out all the time.’”
Rascal Flatts: Changed is an exclusive movie event that airs in selected theaters across North America TONIGHT. The group goes into further detail in the movie about how they almost split a little over a year ago. Make sure you go out and see it – it’s a one night only event!