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Rascal Flatts could soon be back on the highway.
the country musical trio composed of Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus had to cross the landscape on a farewell call curtain“Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is A Highway Tour”, but “unforeseen” circumstances derailed the band’s plans to perform.
“I think COVID is really what caused the band to cancel their farewell tour and ultimately go in different directions,” DeMarcus’ wife Allison told Fox News Digital while discussing the system. inaugural Miss Volunteer America Pageant. It is an organization she leads, designed to provide scholarships for young women.
“Jay started another band just for fun called Generation Radio, but he’s going to have to get back to playing music because that’s just what he likes to do, and I’m not cheap,” a- she joked.
The new supergroup, which was formed in 2020 with a mission to “bring ’80s rock and classic music back to life,” consists of two-time Grammy Award winner DeMarcus; Jason Scheff, longtime lead singer of the multi-platinum band Chicago; and Steve Ferrone, drummer for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
They are joined by Chris Rodriguez and Tom Yankton, who have played alongside Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Loggins, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Christina Aguilera and many more.
But that became one hurdle after another for the Flatts when the “Bless the Broken Road” hitmakers announced their intention to give him another go-around before retiring. But the train never left the station due to the pandemic choking concert halls and Rooney leaving the band unexpectedly, a decision that always irritates LeVoxhe told Fox News Digital in October.
“I wasn’t happy that Joe Don quit,” LeVox revealed, adding that his teammate’s departure “came out of nowhere.
“It was like, ‘Let me try to figure this out.’ And then I was definitely not okay with the pandemic, which canceled everything. I hate how it ended. I hate that we didn’t get to do that farewell tour. I can’t stand the fact that it just seems like there’s no closure with something we’ve been so blessed with. It will always be in my heart.”
Rooney stayed in the recording industry through frequent collaborations with up-and-coming artists. The news broke in September he was arrested for DUI in Nashville after crashing his vehicle into a row of trees.
Despite the uphill battle the Flatts have had in recent years, Allison was optimistic.
“I believe the band will be together again because they’re all still friends and business partners, and they’ve had such a good run for so long,” she said.
“I believe the band will be together again because they’re all still friends and business partners, and they’ve had such a good run for so long.”
For its part, theThe coil eatsThe host is focused on the pageant world. She shared with Fox News Digital that $150,000 in scholarships will be awarded during national pageant week which kicked off May 4 in Jackson, Tennessee.
It culminates with the Miss Volunteer America Pageant on May 7, where 47 young women from across the country will compete for top honors with the national title holder winning $50,000 in scholarships and the remaining $100,000 awarded to runners-up, finalists , semi-finalists and state title holders.
Since April 1, 2022, state title holders have been crowned across the country under the Volunteer Pageant system with more than $500,000 in college scholarships already awarded at the state level.
Allison said her goal is to expand the competition to international success and distribute $1 million in prize money each year.
“We’re almost there,” she said. “Let’s face it, education doesn’t cost less. So being able to introduce these young women to experiences that can shape their lives in a big way is what keeps us going.
Allison added that while she didn’t get much sleep as is the case with her various businesses, she hadn’t slept for the days leading up to contest week.
“I have so many amazing people around me that I can call on at any time, and they help me create so many opportunities for young women to pursue their dreams and further their education,” Allison added.
Although she forged her own path in the beauty pageant industry as Miss Tennessee Teen USA in 1994, Miss Tennessee in 1999 and Miss Tennessee USA in 2002, the mother of two with a Netflix reality show, “DeMarcus Family Rules,” said she could have never envisioned the path her life would take.
“I can’t say I could have ever imagined having the success I’ve seen in the entertainment business, but I have a voice big enough to hold a two-minute tune as a pageant queen, and Jay is such a great performer in his own right, I think the opportunity to showcase our family on Netflix was something new and exciting, and we certainly made the most of it,” she explained.
Allison said giving young women the chance to pay for their education takes her back to when she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life.
“I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up!” she joked. “Jay always knew that music was going to be his avenue, which is a gift to be able to identify his strengths early on. So entering pageants and maintaining my presence in pageantry culture has allowed me to grow. in entertainment, and I’ve always wanted to use my platform only to help others achieve their own dreams.”
“Gen Z behaves and thinks differently than Millennials, who are different from those who came before them, so there’s a new generation of young girls who aren’t responding to emails, they’re in DMs, and they’re on TikTok and all these other social channels, so it’s important to create a foundation that they want to be part of, and to do that, we have to go where they are and reach them in different ways that show our ability to move with the times. .”
When asked if current pageants still have a “Miss Congeniality” trend, Allison bet her own script would be better.
“I could have written many pageant movies that were so much funnier than ‘Miss Congeniality’ because the characters you meet in the pageant industry are so hilarious, and it’s all real,” he said. she declared.