The country music super group Rascal Flatts will be celebrating it up today as one of the trio is celebrating his birthday today.  Bass player and vocalist Jay DeMarcus is celebrating his 45th birthday today.

Jay DeMarcus was born on this day in 1971 in Columbus, Ohio. He is one of the co-founding members of the group Rascal Flatts.

The group Rascal Flatts was started in 1999.  Wow that is 17 years ago now.  The group consists of front man Gary Lavox, Joe Don Rooney and of course Jay DeMarcus.  Gary and Jay who founded the group are also second cousins if you didn't know.

In 1999 the group signed with Lyric Street records and has since moved on to Big Machine records.  Since the group started, Rascal Flatts has had 13 number one hits, recorded nine albums and won the Country Music Association's (CMA's) Vocal Group of the Year honor six straight times.  That run started back in 2003.

Other than touring and scoring their 13 number one hit this year with "I Like The Sound Of That", the boys have decided to open up a new restaurant in their home state of Ohio.  Happy Birthday Jay!