In 2000, Rascal Flatts released their debut single “Prayin’ for Daylight.” While it didn’t reach the top of the charts, instead peaking at #3, it ended up being instrumental for the group and kicked off a decade plus of hit making.
Songwriters Steve Bogard and Rick Giles originally wrote the song and ran it by Blackhawk’s producer Mark Bright. Blackhawk had struggled in recent years to continue their radio success and were looking for that next hit. After a year of silence, Bright called the songwriters back and asked them to come to the studio.
It turns out, Bright had a different plan, as an up and coming group that didn’t have a name yet ended up cutting the song with a different sound than the songwriters originally planned. Both Bogard and Giles loved the new version and requested to hear more songs from this new group.
Not long after, the group had a name, a record deal, and their debut single. Rascal Flatts was born.