Rascal Flatts have lasted for 20 years as a band, but that memorable milestone almost didn't happen. Jay DeMarcus reveals that he nearly walked away from the trio when their eyebrow-raising "I Melt" video was being shot back in 2003. You might recall, it's the one in which Joe Don Rooney is shown from behind as he was naked in the shower.
Jay explains: ["There was no discussion. I didn’t even know there was a nude scene in it. I stormed off the set because I was very angry that we were gonna put nudity in our video. That is the truth. I almost quit the band that day, because our manager, Trey Turner, did not tell me, and they sprung it on me at the shoot, and I thought, 'My Lord, I’ll never be able to go back to Lee University again or stick my head back in a Baptist church anywhere once this comes out.' So, I didn’t know that it was goin’ down, cause I think they knew what my reaction was gonna be.”] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . . was gonna be.)
Jay attended the very conservative Lee University, a private Christian College in southeastern Tennessee. During college he was a member of a Christian music group.
Rascal Flatts is currently climbing the charts with their latest single, “How They Remember You.”
Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus On Almost Quitting Band Due To ‘I Melt’ Video :