With the impending birth of a baby girl in January, bass player Jay DeMarcus will become the final member of Rascal Flatts to join the ranks of fatherhood.
Every member of the band is a bit of a clown — Jay jokes as much as any of the guys — but he’s quite serious about being a dad to Madeline Leigh DeMarcus. Jay and his wife, Allison, have been working on the nursery, and he’s been preparing to become the best father he can be.
“My preparations are doing as much praying as I can — really, literally,” he says. “I’m nervous about it, because until you get a baby of your own, you can always give everybody else’s back to them. So to actually have something I’m responsible for, I just want to make sure I will do the best job I can. And I’m sure I’ll make mistakes. We‘ve spent a lot of time reading books and watching videos and a lot of online research, and watching [Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney] figuring out what not to do.”
Rascal Flatts just had another first birth. They released their latest album, Nothing Like This, on Nov. 16. It’s the first album they put out since signing with Big Machine Records this summer.