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Tebow's Rascal Flatts 'Changed'

Updated: April 3, 2012, 12:43 AM ET
By Lynn Hoppes | Page 2

Tim Tebow's favorite entertainer?

That's easy.

Rascal Flatts.

And the feeling is mutual when it comes to the new quarterback for the New York Jets.

"He's an unbelievable talent and winner," said Gary LeVox, lead singer of the award-winning country band from Columbus, Ohio. "We met Tim while he was in college and have stayed friends ever since. I think he'll do great in New York."

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Courtesy of Big MachineRascal Flatts has a new album -- its eighth studio album -- out Tuesday titled "Changed."
In fact, on Rascal Flatts' new CD called "Changed," out Tuesday, the band is giving a shoutout to Tebow in the liner notes.

"Tim Tebow -- I'm so proud of ya bro. You're a great inspiration in my life and our brotherhood is unwavering. Your heart is bigger than any record you will ever set. Love ya and say it back! Robby Tebow -- You're the best bro, and I thank you for being you."

LeVox said he talked with Tebow before heading to New York and knows the popular quarterback will do well.

"God has given him this ability, more than just on the football field," LeVox said. "I hope he can bring the mojo back to the Jets."

For LeVox and band members Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, the trio think they have their mojo back with this latest CD. They've always been successful, with more than 25 top-20 songs (including 11 No. 1s) and one of the most popular touring acts in the world. But LeVox said these days the band has been more energized.

"This is our 12th year together and we are blessed beyond reason. Everything is really solid now," LeVox said. "I fee like we're at peace these days. We're riding high right now."

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Courtesy of General Mills Rascal Flatts is working with General Mills to fight hunger.

Also, to coincide with the CD release this week, the band has produced a movie called "Rascal Flatts -- Changed: One Night Exclusive Movie Theatre Event." The movie will air in more than 600 theaters across the country on Thursday. The guys will be watching from New York City's Times Square. The movie shows a lot of behind-the-scenes footage of the guys and interviews in their homes. It also includes some exclusive concert footage.

"The movie is more than just a look at the band," said LeVox, who is second cousins with DeMarcus and starting working together in the early 1990s. "It shows us growing up and there are some funny and some painful moments. I'm glad we did it."

And Flatts also is taking part in General Mills' "Outnumber Hunger" campaign. The band's image will appear on millions of General Mills products, and fans who buy these products will help General Mills secure meals in local foodbanks.

"There are millions of people in our own country who are hungry," said LeVox, whose entire label Big Machine Label Group (which also includes Martina McBride and The Band Perry) is in this campaign. "This is our way of doing our part. It's all about giving back to our fans."