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Interview: Rascal Flatts singer Gary LeVox finally impresses his daughters

Rascal Flatts has sold more than 21 million records and was the top-selling act of 2006, according to Nielsen, but Gary LeVox, lead singer of the country music trio known for such hits as “What Hurts the Most” and “My Wish,” said none of that matters in the eyes of his two pre-teen daughters.

“My kids think the only things I’ve done is the ‘Cars’ soundtrack, the Justin Bieber collaboration and the cameo in the ‘Hannah Montana’ movie,” LeVox, 42, said over the phone July 20 during the band’s tour stop in Detroit. “Nothing else in 12 years.”

In most cases, LeVox said his daughters, Brittany and Brooklyn, see what he does as just “dad going to work.” Some of their friends were just as uninterested until it came time to film the music video for “That Should Be Me” with Bieber last year.

“The ones who didn’t think we were cool were the ones who, when it came time to do the video with Justin, asked, ‘Do you mind if we come out?’” LeVox said.

To be fair, LeVox’s daughters and their friends aren’t exactly in Rascal Flatts’ demographic just yet. But the group, which performs Saturday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, has been credited for appealing to a young audience. Not bad for a band in which two of the three members are older than 40.

“It’s probably the lyrics to our songs,” LeVox said. “We’ve also been fortunate to write and record stuff with such infectious melodies. Everybody can relate to it. It’s really easy to listen to. They’re songs you hear one time and think you’ve heard it before and already know it. Kids grab on to that. It makes music easy to listen to.”

The band released its eighth studio album, “Changed,” in April. There are no collaborations on the album, but Rascal Flatts has teamed up with an eclectic mix of artists in the past — including Jamie Foxx, Lionel Richie, Michael Bolton and India.Arie — and will continue to do so. LeVox said he still has a list of artists he wants to work with, including pop star Pink.

And while selling out Wrigley Field in 2009 probably wasn’t on the Columbus, Ohio, native’s bucket list, LeVox, a sports fan, called the show at the “Friendly Confines” one of the highlights of his career.

“I couldn’t dream that big as a child,” LeVox said. “It was so iconic. You don’t get many of those.”

LeVox said the band is friends with Cubs players and Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher thanks to the trio’s promoter, Brian O’Connell, a Chicago sports fan. They visit the city with him several times a year. Just don’t expect LeVox to tweet about where they ate or hung out in Chicago. He has more than 39,000 followers on Twitter, but has yet to tweet.

“I just got a pager last week,” LeVox said, laughing. “I’m so far behind on the times.”

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