Rascal Flatts’ new single, “Changed,” co-written by Gary LeVox, Neil Thrasher and Wendell Mobley, came about from a true story told by Neil. His oldest daughter came to him, wanting to be baptized. He found a pastor that would baptize her on the beach at sunset and walked away inspired.
“Neil and his wife and his other daughter are standing on the beach,” Gary said, re-telling the story. “All you can see as the sun is setting is the Pastor standing there and Allie, his daughter. And he sees her, she comes down, brings her back up, and she just raises her hands up, praying.”
Neil visited Gary not long after the baptism and shared the story with him along with the beginning of the song he’d started writing about the experience. He sang the opening lines to Gary who was moved deeply by the lyrics.
‘This thing’ resulted in “Changed,” which is not only the name of their latest album but their current tour.“I just fell apart,” Gary said. “It was just like, ahhh. That melody never left my head. The story never left my head. And one day I said ‘Hey, let’s get a day together and just go out to the farm and write this thing.’”