In the history of overblown country music controversies, the Rascal Flatts lip-synching story is near the top. As widely reported, the band’s lead singer lost his voice shortly before last week’s 49th Annual ACM Awards in Las Vegas and elected to go on with the show – with some pre-recorded help. Turns out, it’s not that uncommon an occurrence … and not because country singers can’t sing.
“There have been plenty of people who have lip-synched on our show,” awards producer RAC Clark tells us. “There are a lot of activities in Las Vegas with other concerts, private shows, radio remotes – there is a lot of talking. Not to mention the lack of humidity and hotel air. Some artists, especially those with a finely tuned instrument like Gary LeVox’s, can only handle so much.”
Flatts fans can rest easy – LeVox’s status as one of the most respected vocalists in the genre is firmly intact.
Rascal Flatts are set to released “Rewind,” on May 13.