Rascal Flatts Move On to a Million

The men of Rascal Flatts gathered in the wooded Nashville backyard of Lyric Street Records head Randy Goodman Tuesday (May 14) to celebrate their first million-selling album. As they picked up plaques to mark the milestone, Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus turned the intimate celebration with friends and supporters into a family affair.

“I’d like to dedicate this, my first platinum plaque, to my sweet mom, Karen,” DeMarcus said, as his mom wiped tears. “Thanks for teaching me to sing harmony, because without you I wouldn’t have a job.”

Released in June 2000, the trio’s self-titled debut has produced four Top 10 hits including “Prayin’ for Daylight,” “This Everyday Love” and “While You Loved Me.” Those songs were enough to push the album to a gold certification (for shipments of 500,000 copies) last August. But the band credits its fourth single, “I’m Movin’ On,” for the platinum mark. Frontman Gary LeVox says the song was not scheduled to be a single until a Nashville disc jockey played it on his own.

“Gerry House of WSIX kicked the whole thing off,” LeVox told CMT.com. “He just played it on his show one morning out of the blue. And the more they played it, the more people bought the album. Now the song has touched a million lives. It’s incredible the stories we’ve heard about how the song has helped people get over tough times.”

The haunting ballad describes the moment of surrender and acceptance after fighting a no-win situation. Songwriters D. Vincent Williams and Phillip White have now turned the premise into a Rutledge Hill Press self-help book, also titled I’m Movin’ On, that features an introduction by Rascal Flatts and a CD-single copy of the song.

The video for “I’m Movin’ On,” crafted from footage shot live at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, has earned Rascal Flatts a nod for “Breakthrough Video of the Year” at the CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards. The trio is now finishing up the follow-up to Rascal Flatts, which should be in record stores by fall. A new single is expected to hit country radio this summer.