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Rascal Flatts adds band member (for one night anyway)

Thursday, May 22, 2008 – An extra band member will be up on stage with Rascal Flatts when they hit Indianapolis next month. For one night anyway the trio becomes a quartet with Emily Noxon, of Orem, Utah, joining the boys because she won a contest based on a video of her signing a Rascal Flatts song.

Noxon was the grand prize winner of the Milk Rocks! "Be a Milk Rockstar" contest. This one lucky fan was hand-picked by Rascal Flatts themselves to sing with the band at their June 14th concert at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Indianapolis, performing live on stage. Noxon's opportunity also includes a private meet-and-greet with the band in Noxon's own "dressing room" for the night - a fully customized Gibson Guitar tour bus parked backstage. While on board, Emily will tape a concert webcast; receive a signed Gibson Les Paul Studio Guitar, autographed posters and CDs from the band and $250 cash prize provided by Evergreen Packaging; and score a meeting with a Lyric Street Records A&R representative.

"I can't believe is happening to me. I am so excited I can't even stand it!" said Noxon. "I can't wait for June 14th."

"We saw so many cool videos of our fans performing their favorite Rascal Flatts song, it was hard to pick just one," said Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts. "But when we saw Emily's, we knew we had the winner. She has a great voice, passion and personality and will fit right in. We'll see you in Indianapolis, Emily!"

Noxon garnered enough of the approximately 250,000 votes cast by the community to triumph over hundreds of fellow Rascal Flatts fans. Each submitted their own karaoke-style versions of the band's tunes for the contest, which attracted 3.75 million views. Nine other participants in the campaign will also receive a Gibson Les Paul Studio Guitar signed by Rascal Flatts, autographed CDs and posters from the band and a scholarship or cash prize from Evergreen Packaging.

Each of the nine runners-up was awarded a Gibson Les Paul Studio Guitar as well as Rascal Flatts posters and CDs - all autographed by the band -plus cash scholarships. Second place winner Mary Grace Wilson of Los Angeles, won a $175 cash scholarship, while third place winner Torwin Smart of Coffeyville, Kansas earned a $100 cash scholarship.

Five more ambitious fans - Rishona Shephard (La Grange, Ind.), Sarah Guy (Perrysburg, Ohio), Antimo Onzo (Cape Coral, Fla.), Sharon Tseung (Fremont, Cal.) and Taylor Carter (Pella, Ia.) - were awarded for "Most Viral" videos, which earned them each a $75 cash scholarship in addition to the signed guitars, posters and CDs. Finally, two sweepstakes winners each won a $50 cash scholarship along with their main prizes.

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