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Rascal Flatts Will Release First-Ever Christmas Album “The Greatest Gift Of All”

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CMA Awards Vocal Group of The Year nominee Rascal Flatts will release THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL, their first-ever Christmas album, on Oct. 21.  The much-anticipated 10-track collection was produced by Rascal Flatts and features moving and powerhouse performances that the trio is known for, while offering personal touches to some fan-favorite staples of the festive season.  The album is available for pre-order starting today here.

THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL opens with a rousing rendition of “Joy To The World,” and features a sentimental version of “Silent Night” opening with vocals from the children of all three band members.  Adding some Motown flair with Stevie Wonder’s “Someday At Christmas,” while a standout track on the record comes in the form of “A Strange Way To Save The World,” a reflective song originally recorded by 4Him, which has been given a contemporary update by the trio.

“It probably seems crazy that we waited this long to release a Christmas record,” said Jay DeMarcus. “We just wanted to do it right!  There are certain songs I think most everyone wants to hear during Christmas, and we wanted to put our own special spin on those songs, while adding in a couple of our personal favorites.  We had a blast making this album, and being in the producer’s chair ourselves, makes it extra fun and challenging for us.”

THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL Track List:

  1. Joy To The World
  2. O Holy Night
  3. Deck The Halls
  4. A Strange Way To Save The World
  5. Go Tell It On The Mountain
  6. Let It Snow
  7. Silent Night
  8. Someday At Christmas
  9. The First Noel
  10. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Currently nominated for CMA Awards Vocal Group of the Year, Rascal Flatts has sold over 23.1 million albums,  32 million digital downloads worldwide, as well as earning over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People’s Choice Awards and more,  making them the most awarded country group of the past decade.  The trio recently added to their many accolades, scoring their 16th No. One single with their summer anthem “I Like The Sound Of That.” Known as one of the hottest-selling touring acts in any genre, the group celebrated a major milestone of 10 million tickets sold this past month, following a rousing run of headlining shows.  Their RASCAL FLATTS: RHYTHM AND ROOTS TOUR continues this weekend in Tuscaloosa, AL (9/23) and Tallahassee, FL (9/24.)   For more information, visit rascalflatts.com.

Rascal Flatts Celebrates 10 Million Tickets Sold!

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Known as one of the hottest-selling touring acts in any genre, superstar trio Rascal Flatts celebrated a major milestone of 10 million tickets sold this past weekend, following a rousing run of headlining shows. The group was presented with a commemorative ticket at their show in Hartford, CT on Saturday night (8/13) to recognize the occasion.

Rascal Flatts is currently out on the road as part of their headlining Rhythm and Roots Tour which critics continue to praise. The Charlotte Observer declared “there’s a reason why Rascal Flatts can still fill up concert venues…They have this live performance bit down to a science without losing any of the enthusiasm or the heart,” and St. Louis Post Dispatch raved that the crowd “got what they came for and have come to expect from the country-pop trio: an always energetic, very entertaining 90 minutes or so of hits and banter.”

Rascal Flatts are continuing their Rhythm and Roots Tour through the fall, where they have invited red-hot newcomers Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Lane to join them on the road. For more information and a full list of tour dates visit rascalflatts.com.

Gary LeVox “Likes the Sound of That” and So Does his Niece Who Inspired Mom to Grow the Songs for Sound #HEARtheMUSIC Project

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Songs for Sound is on the move in Chicago this week including a very special attendance at the Rascal Flatts show at the Hollywood Casino Ampitheater on August 7.

The #HEARtheMUSIC Project operates a mobile hearing health clinic sponsored by Phonak (global leader in hearing technology), the Memorial Foundation, and Cochlear Americas (global leader in cochlear implants and other implantable hearing solutions).  The clinic travels the nation administering free hearing screenings on the Ultimate Kiosk touch-screen system. You can visit the clinic at several community sites this month:

• Logan Square Boys & Girls Club – Aug. 3-4, 10am-5pm
• Southside YMCA, Aug. 5 – 8am-5pm
• Chicago Children’s Museum – Aug. 6, 10am-4pm
• Rascal Flatts at Hollywood Casino – Aug. 7 (TBA)
• Shriner’s Hospital, Aug. 10 – 9:30am-3:30pm
• Morgan Park Boys & Girls Club – Aug. 119am-5pm
• Sandridge Fitness Center – Aug. 13-14, 8am-3pm
• Louis L. Valentine Boys &Girls Club – Aug. 17, 8am-12pm
• Louis L. Valentine Boys & Girls Club – Aug. 18, 8am-5pm
• South Chicago YMCA & Senior Housing Center – Aug. 12, 8am-5pm
• Sandridge Fitness Center – Aug. 13-14, 8am-3pm
• Chicago Air & Water Show – Aug. 19-21 (TBA)

“Hearing loss is deeply personal for me,” said Songs for Sound founder Jaime Vernon, whose 8-year-old daughter, Lexi, received bilateral cochlear implants at 18 months old. “Lexi’s speech and hearing development were nearly derailed by an initial ‘she’s fine, let’s wait’ reaction. But the moment my baby went from total silence to hearing a whisper- then music- our lives were both sent in a beautiful new direction.” (See Lexi’s cochlear implant activation HERE.)

Music was Vernon’s first love. Raised in a home filled with gospel music and married to the younger brother of Rascal Flatts vocalist Gary LeVox, Vernon couldn’t picture her little girl’s life without a soundtrack. Lexi’s cochlear implant miracle inspired her to grow Songs for Sound.

On August 7, the #HEARtheMUSIC Project will reunite with Rascal Flatts at the Hollywood Casino Ampitheater show.

“As a musician I live and breathe music and can’t imagine a world without being able to hear,” says Gary LeVox. “This is a cause that really hits home for me. I know Lexi lives life to the fullest, including a gift we all need – music. I’m so glad to have the Hear the Music Project come and teach our fans about the importance of healthy ears, and I’m so proud that it’s from my family.”

Results from last year’s #HEARtheMUSIC pilot tour highlight the significance of the project. Over 2000 free hearing tests were given and nearly half (48%) of participants were referred for further testing. Here’s a breakout of those referred for further testing:

• 86% of veterans
• 49% of adults
• 38% of teens
• 20% of children

The 2016 tour kicked off in July and screened 1,500 ears in its first month. Many of those ears belong to the children of Indianapolis Boys & Girls Clubs where only 9 percent report knowing a loud concert can damage their ears and more than 50 percent report they have never received a hearing test. This is not surprising since awareness and access are common barriers to hearing healthcare.

“Due to lack of awareness and access, less than 5 percent of those able to benefit from a cochlear implant are being treated,” said Patricia Trautwein, VP of Marketing for Cochlear Americas. “Cochlear is thrilled to sponsor a program that combines mobile health screenings and music to shed light on the important universal issue of hearing loss, and provide access to information and testing throughout the United States.”

The #HEARtheMUSIC Project runs entirely on sponsorships and donations. To GIVE THE GIFT OF HEARING click HERE.

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Rascal Flatts Admit They Are Disappoined with Lack of Award Recognition

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Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus says that while they aren’t greedy, it is a bit disheartening for the group to not have won a major country music award since 2009.

“I love what Dale Earnhardt used to say: ‘I’m not greedy, I’m just stingy,'” DeMarcus tells The Boot. “I’d like to win them all. When you’re up for them, you like to win them. It’s hard to watch so many people that you take out on the road with you, to open for you, go on and win Entertainer of the Year. I felt like there were some years in the mid-2000s where we were worthy of it. That’s not being braggadocious. The numbers proved it, and we never, for some reason, got to the point to where people voted for us to get that. That’s the toughest one for me to come to terms with.”

Rascal Flatts have not won an ACM Award since 2009 and haven’t won a CMA Award since 2008.

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