Every high school prom requires the essentials — the dress, the tux, the ride, the boutonniere, the corsage, dancing shoes and a killer soundtrack.
Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney are part of the soundtrack for prom 2017 with “Our Night to Shine” from their forthcoming album, Back to Us.
Front man Gary LeVox co-wrote the soaring power ballad with hit-makers Chris DeStefano and Travis Hill for Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine, an annual worldwide prom for people with various developmental disabilities. The 2017 event was held on Valentine’s Day weekend and honored 75,000 people with special needs in 375 locations across the country and in 11 different countries.
Towards the end of the song, a choir of people with special needs from the Kennedy Center sing with the band as the music fades out.
“Everyone is crowned king and queen of the prom and they dress to the nines and walk the carpet,” LeVox told CMT.com of the annual Night to Shine event. “It was just magical. It’s life-changing for them, for us and everybody involved. It’s their anthem.”
There are several nostalgic moments on Back to Us, Rascal Flatts’ 10th album as a band. The funky bonus track “Roller Rink” goes back in time where slow skates with first loves were the highlight of middle school life. “Hands Talk” mixes feel good ’60s soul grooves with Phil Collins-style percussion. Big funk horns surprise on “Vandalized,” a song co-written by Chris Stapleton and Luke Laird. Lauren Alaina appears on song six “Are You Happy Now.”
“Country music right now is so open,” Joe Don Rooney added. “It’s awesome how open and broad it is. It has Chris Stapleton’s style and sound – that rugged bluesy kind of country — all the way to as pop as it gets. To have all that to work with, all the songs coming from all these stylistic artists and different writers with some of the stuff we wrote, as well, it just gave Jay as a producer some credence to just go there. There’s a little bit of ’80s, some ’90s in there, and it was just no rules — just great songs and a lot of fun.”
Back to Us lands May 19. Pre-orders come with instant downloads of the current single “It’s Yours If Your Want It” and the title track.