LeVox in September 2012
|Birth name||Gary Wayne Vernon, Jr.|
July 10, 1970 |
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, mandolin, piano|
|Labels||Lyric Street, Big Machine|
|Associated acts||Rascal Flatts|
Gary LeVox (born Gary Wayne Vernon, Jr., July 10, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the lead vocalist of American country trio Rascal Flatts. His stage surname (LeVox) literally means "The Voice", a name he lifted from the studio-console label for his lead-vocal track.
LeVox was born in Columbus, Ohio. He worked at Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in downtown Columbus. LeVox's first musical performance was at the age of eight, in a play at his church. He graduated from Olentangy High School and is an alumnus of The Ohio State University. Prompted by his cousin, LeVox moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1997. LeVox and his second cousin, Jay DeMarcus, started out together in Chely Wright's band. One day, when the regular guitarist was not available, Joe Don Rooney stepped in. The three men say they felt the chemistry immediately.
LeVox's parents divorced when he was eight. His mother remarried when he was 10 and divorced his stepfather when he was 18.
His wife's name is Tara, and they married on May 15, 1999. They have two daughters, born in 2000 and 2004. LeVox has been friends with Jamie Foxx since the mid-1990s, and Foxx made a guest appearance on the album Still Feels Good.
"We used to sit around for hours at Jamie’s house, singing and playing and having a good time...So when Jay and Joe and myself wrote this song, we thought it would be great to have him on it. I called him up just to say, ‘Hey, man, you’ve got to hear this song. I think you could really, really kill it.’ He said, ‘Tell you what. I’ll sing on your record if you guys will sing on mine.’ I said, ‘All right.’"—Gary LeVox (2007)
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