Rascal Flatts Co-Founder Jay DeMarcus: If You Are Willing to Try Xanax, Try Jesus

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Jay DeMarcus speaks onstage at the Innovation In Music Awards on June 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Innovation In Music Awards)
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“If you’re willing to try a therapist, if you’re willing to try Xanax and pills and everything, why not maybe find your answers in someone else that’s higher than yourself,” Rascal Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus said on the Today Show Tuesday.

Jay DeMarcus told TODAY hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager that writing his new memoir Shotgun Angels was like “being in therapy” because of having to relive the painful moments of his life.

The memoir, DeMarcus said, is really a tribute to his mother, whose strong Christian faith served as the seedbed for his own relationship with Christ.

“I attribute a lot of who I am today to the foundation that she laid early on in my life by dragging us to church like three or four times a week,” Jay DeMarcus said with a smile. “Sometimes I thought we should just have a bed there and save money on the gas and time going back and forth.”

“I realized later on in life that she was planting seeds of faith in me that would take really, really strong roots the older I got and I really, really leaned on it through some really tough times there in Nashville trying to make it in the music business,” he said.

In language rarely heard on Today, DeMarcus said that he is not ashamed of being a Christian.

“I find my hope in a relationship with Christ,” he said. “Being a believer is not about being perfect by any means. It’s simply admitting that we need help.”

“For me, I found the toughest times of my life to be better by having a strong relationship with Christ that I could lean upon,” he said.

The Grammy-winning Rascal Flatts has been a wildly successful country rock band, with seven albums certified platinum or higher as well as 14 number one singles.

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