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Originally posted 10/26/2011 02:00PM
Lionel Richie is connecting with his country side.
The singer, who's got an upcoming country duets album called Tuskegee, will show off his chops live on the CMA Awards Nov. 9 (8 p.m. ET), performing with Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Little Big Town
"Over a period of time, I realized that the songs that I was writing translated to country," Richie, 62, said in a press release. "As a songwriter, I didn't really start out thinking I was country; I was thinking I was R&B."
"It was just a natural progression," he added. "I am from Tuskegee, Alabama; I am a country boy. It just felt right to do this."
Originally posted 09/28/2011 02:00PM
Originally posted 03/09/2010 12:55PM
Make way for another little rascal: Joe Don Rooney and wife Tiffany Fallon are expecting their second child, he tells PEOPLE exclusively.
"We're a little more prepared but the same excitement is there," the Rascal Flatts guitarist says of baby No. 2. The couple are already parents to 21-month-old son Jagger Donovan. "There's such fulfillment in being a father and it's going to be two-fold now, which is so cool."
Fallon, 35, who is due in September, told Rooney, 34, that she was pregnant when they were staying in the same Los Angeles hotel where he learned they were expecting Jagger.
Originally posted 02/11/2010 06:30AM
Originally posted 02/05/2010 01:05PM
What do 20 million in album sales and a decade of success get you? For the members of Rascal Flatts, it's mostly peace of mind – oh, and a full gas tank.
"For me, the coolest thing is just being able to fill up my gas tank and not look at how much it costs," says the trio's lead singer Gary LeVox, 39, of his favorite perk of fame. "Half my life, I'd be digging around going, 'I can get 6 dollars and 30 cents of gas.' And if you fill it to $6.31, you're picking up floor mats and looking in the trunk."
LeVox and his bandmates, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, spoke to PEOPLE at a party in Nashville Wednesday celebrating the band's 10-year anniversary and honoring the writers of their 11 No. 1 songs.
Originally posted 04/21/2009 10:45AM
Simon Cowell may have dismissed American Idol season six finalist Chris Sligh with a terse, "bye-bye curly," when the mop-top crooner was voted off the show, but Sligh has managed to get the last word on farewells.
The singer, who moved to Nashville after Idol in 2007, just scored his first songwriting No. 1 with Rascal Flatts's "Here Comes Goodbye." The tune, which Sligh wrote last year with friend Clint Lagerberg, is the first single from the group's new album and just topped the country charts last week.
"I don't think I realize yet how big this is," Sligh says of writing a hit for the country supergroup. "I have people telling me how much money I'm gonna make and how it's going to open up career possibilities, but I'm just sitting here trying to figure out what all this means."
Originally posted 03/05/2009 02:30PM
Will this year's Academy of Country Music Awards be a ladies' night? Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are nominated for album of the year for their albums Fearless and Carnival Ride respectively, the Academy announced Thursday. George Strait (for Troubadour), Jamey Johnson (That Lonesome Song) and Montgomery Gentry (Back When I Knew It All) round out the category.
The 44th annual ACM Awards will be hosted – for a record eleventh time – by Reba McEntire on Sunday, April 5, and be broadcast live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascall Flatts, Sugarland and nominees Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert and Heidi Newfield are scheduled to perform, the Academy announced.
Originally posted 09/10/2008 10:30AM
Originally posted 06/05/2008 12:00PM
Rascal Flatts will be joining Miley Cyrus and her dad Billy Ray on the set of Hannah Montana: The Movie, the country group's rep announced on Wednesday.
No further details were given on the band's – Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney – appearance in the 2009 Disney feature – which recently dealt with a freak accident on the Tennessee set.
The film, based on the popular Disney Channel series, will feature Cyrus's character taking a trip to her Tennessee hometown with her father to gain perspective on her double life as a teen and pop star.
– Janet Mock
Originally posted 02/20/2008 12:10PM
Rascal Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox is reaching out to his pal Pink after it was confirmed to PEOPLE that she is splitting with her motocross husband Carey Hart after two years of marriage.
"It's just sad and I feel terrible," LeVox tells PEOPLE. "If she needs some love she can come to us at Rascal Flatts camp."
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