Jay DeMarcus

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Jay DeMarcus
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DeMarcus at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2012
Background information
Birth name Stanley Wayne DeMarcus, Jr.
Born (1971-04-26) April 26, 1971 (age 43)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Country, contemporary Christian
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, drums, vocals
Years active 1992–present
Labels Lyric Street, Big Machine
Associated acts East to West, Rascal Flatts
Website www.rascalflatts.com

Jay DeMarcus (born Stanley Wayne DeMarcus, Jr.; April 26, 1971) is an American bass guitarist, harmony vocalist, pianist, record producer and songwriter,[1] who is a member of the country group Rascal Flatts.

Early life[edit]

DeMarcus was born in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from the Tree of Life Christian School in Columbus while living with his mother and sister. He also has a half-sister from his father's side of the family. DeMarcus attended Lee College in Cleveland, Tennessee, from 1990 to 1992. At the time, he traveled and performed as a keyboard player in the Christian music group New Harvest, led by Danny Murray.

Career[edit]

DeMarcus co-founded the contemporary Christian music group East to West and moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1993. In 1997, after East to West disbanded, he called his second cousin, Gary LeVox,[2] with whom he played with when they were younger, and convinced him to come to Nashville and provide some harmonies on Michael English's album Gospel, for which he was producing. They engineered the album together, and became English's back-up band.[3] The album was nominated for the Dove Award for Inspirational Song of the Year.

In addition to producing for English, he has also produced albums for James Otto, Jo Dee Messina, Austins Bridge and others. He produced the 2006 release for the band Chicago titled, Chicago XXX. He soon became bandleader for Chely Wright. Eventually, he met Joe Don who is now the group's other member. DeMarcus called Joe Don to fill in for a guitarist who had left the band one night.

On March 4, 2010, DeMarcus and his band mates were guest stars on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, appearing as themselves. In the episode titled "Unshockable" (10.14), he is electro-shocked by his bass guitar during a performance at a Vegas club, leaving him with total amnesia. DeMarcus has continued to explore his acting career, appearing in the film A Country Christmas, as well as episodes of ABC's Nashville and Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva.

Personal life[edit]

On May 15, 2004, DeMarcus married Allison Alderson a former beauty queen who has held the titles Miss Tennessee 1999 and Miss Tennessee USA 2002. DeMarcus met her on the set while filming the video for the Rascal Flatts song, "These Days". Their first child, Madeline Leigh, was born in December 2010. In July 2012, he and Allison welcomed son Dylan Jay in July 2012.

Non-Rascal Flatts album credits[edit]

Year Album Artist Credit
1998 Gospel Michael English Producer, engineer, bass, acoustic guitar
2003 Some Things Never Change Mark Lowry Keyboards
2006 She Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool: Tribute to Barbara Mandrell Various artists Bass
2006 Ten Brian McKnight Bass, piano
2006 Whatever We Wanna LeAnn Rimes Bass
2006 Chicago XXX Chicago Producer, arranger, engineer, guitar, keyboards, vocals
2008 Sunset Man James Otto Producer, bass
2008 The Prodigal Comes Home Michael English Arranger, vocal producer
2010 Unmistakable: Love Jo Dee Messina Producer
2010 Times Like These Austins Bridge Producer
2011 New Day The Martins Producer, vocal arrangement, guitar, keyboards
2012 New to This Town Kix Brooks Producer
2012 Tuskegee Lionel Richie Bass
2012 iCarly: iSoundtrack II [Original TV Soundtrack] Various artists Producer
2012 Brighter One Marshall Hall Producer, electric guitar
2013 Alabama & Friends Alabama Producer, bass
2013 Love Is Stronger Jason Crabb Producer, bass
2013 Some People Change Michael English Producer, engineer, bass
2013 Surrender Adam Crabb Bass
2014 Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe Various artists Producer, bass, piano

Awards and nominations for producing[edit]

See also: Awards received by Rascal Flatts
Year Award Work Result
1999 GMA Dove Award for Inspirational Album of the Year GospelMichael English Nominated
2011 Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album Times Like TheseAustins Bridge Nominated
2013 GMA Dove Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year Love Is StrongerJason Crabb Won
2014 GMA Dove Award for Southern Gospel Performance of the Year "Love Is Stronger" – Jason Crabb Pending
2014 GMA Dove Award for Inspirational Album of the Year Four:Twelve – No Other Name Pending

Filmography[edit]

Film and television appearances
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Yes, Dear Jay DeMarcus Episode: "The Limo"
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Rascal Flatts
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jay DeMarcus Episode: "Unshockable"
2013 A Country Christmas Chim Ritchels
2014 Drop Dead Diva Trevor Episode: "First Date"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Live Daily Jay DeMarcus interview
  2. ^ "James Otto: Putting the Pieces Together". Country Weekly.com. 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  3. ^ Mueller, Walt. "Rascal Flatts: Taking kids to the country". Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 

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