The country pop trio Rascal Flatts received the 2,480th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday, honored for selling more than 21 million albums and being named vocal group of the year seven times by the Academy of Country Music and six times by the Country Music Association.
Lead vocalist Gary LeVox, bassist and background vocalist Jay DeMarcus, and lead guitarist and harmony singer Joe Don Rooney were joined by record producer David Foster at the ceremony in front of the Supply Sergeant store on Hollywood Boulevard.
"We've taken some hits through the years, you know, people saying this or that about our music, and, you know, the main thing and the only reason when we started 12 years ago—the only reason that we continued and still do it today is because you the fans," LeVox said. "We enjoy to be able to tell your stories through song. So we thank you. Thank you for coming out today. God bless you."
LeVox and DeMarcus, cousins from Columbus, Ohio, and Rooney, who is from Picher, Okla., teamed up at the Fiddle & Steel Guitar Bar in Nashville's Printer Alley in 1998.
"We knew right away we had something special, even if we were the only ones who ever got to hear it," DeMarcus once said.
The group signed with now-defunct Lyric Street Records, part of The Walt Disney Co.-owned Disney Music Group, in 1999. It released its first album, Rascal Flatts in 2000, which sold more than 2.3 million copies in the United States, giving it double-platinum status.
Rascal Flatts has had 14 singles reach the top of the charts. Their most famous songs include "Bless the Broken Road," "What Hurts The Most," "My Wish," "Take Me There," "Here Comes Goodbye," "Life Is A Highway" and "I Won't Let Go."
The group released its eighth studio album, Changed, on April 3.
"Given what we've been through the past two years, I don't think there could be a better title," DeMarcus said, referring to moving to Big Machine Records in July 2010, three months after Disney's closing of Lyric Street Records, and signing a management deal with Spalding Entertainment last year after leaving Turner Nichols & Associates. "This feels like the next step in Rascal Flatts' evolution."