Gary LeVox (born Gary Wayne Vernon, Jr., July 10, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the lead vocalist of American country trio Rascal Flatts. His stage surname (LeVox) literally means "The Voice", a name he lifted from the studio-console label for his lead-vocal track.LeVox was born in Columbus, Ohio. He worked at Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in downtown Columbus. LeVox's first musical performance was at the age of eight, in a play at his church. He graduated from Olentangy High School and is an alumnus of The Ohio State University. Prompted by his cousin, LeVox moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1997. LeVox and his second cousin, Jay DeMarcus, started out together in Chely Wright's band. One day, when the regular guitarist was not available, Joe Don Rooney stepped in. The three men say they felt the chemistry immediately.