All three members of Rascal Flatts are fathers and all of them have at least one little girl at home. Jay DeMarcus, who became a first-time father to daughter Madeline 15 months ago, says being a dad to his little girl has completely transformed him.
“It’s been probably my most transformative year as far as a person goes and I’m thrilled, I’m overwhelmed and I’m very grateful for the gift of Madeline,” he said. “She has really caused me to grow up a lot in a very short amount of time. I am so proud that she’s mine and so grateful for her every day, and she gives me new purpose and gives everything that I do new purpose.”
Joe Don Rooney is enjoying watching his little girl, Raquel, who goes by the nickname Rocky, interact with her older brother Jagger, who is three. He is also getting a kick out of watching her personality – and preference for toys – develop.
“She’s watching her brother all day long like a hawk,” he said. “And everything he does she tries to do. She’s starting to talk and you see what she likes real quick now, and you see what she doesn’t like when it comes to foods or different toys. It’s so weird, but she leans to the girlie toys. It’s amazing how girls are so much different from boys and it happens really quick in their life. It’s just so special.”
Gary LeVox’s daughters are now 13 and 7. The trio will spend the holidays with their families before hitting the road on their next headlining tour in early 2012.