Rascal Flatts Celebrates Gold

Lyric Street Records turned its Nashville parking lot into a party place Thursday (Sept. 20) to celebrate Rascal Flatts’ first gold album. The trio’s self-titled debut, released in June 2000, has shipped half a million copies and churned out three Top 10 singles: “Prayin’ for Daylight,” “This Everyday Love” and “While You Loved Me.” Originally set for Sept. 11, the celebration was postponed in the wake of the terrorist attacks that morning. “Today, we are truly blessed not only to do what we do, but also to be in this country,” Lyric Street President Randy Goodman told the crowd. “All of our thoughts are [in New York].” Rascal Flatts handed out gold plaques to songwriters on the project, calling the moment “surreal.” “It was just a big flashback standing there, looking out at the songwriters and producers,” frontman Gary LeVox told country.com. “We’ve reached a milestone, and we can’t wait to go platinum and double platinum.” Named top new vocal duo/group at the Academy of Country Music awards in May, the trio will begin working on a new record in January. LeVox and bandmates Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus have blocked out three months to work on the album and hope to have a new single out by April. 09/24/01