The 90’s deadlocked R&B pop band Milli Vanilli will be collaborating with country pop trio Rascal Flatts on an upcoming project called “Vanilla Flatts“, with an album tentatively scheduled to be released in the Fall according to representatives of both groups. Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney are said to be excited about the upcoming project, while Milli Vanilli’s Fab Morvan is said to be “excited to have any work, at all, whatsoever.”
The idea for the collaboration came about when Rascal Flatts frontman Gary LeVox reached out to Milli Vanilli’s Fab Morvan to get advice on how to handle the recent lip sync scandal the group found themselves in after admitting to pre-recording their recent performance on the 2014 ACM Awards. “Fab Morvan was very understanding and helpful when Gary called,” says Rascal Flatts spokesperson Annie Frankenfurter. “He was able to give Gary and the rest of Rascal Flatts some perspective of how to handle, and not handle the public backlash.”
Milli Vanilli was one of the biggest bands in all of popular music in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and were awarded the Grammy’s Best New Artist in 1990 as both a critical and commercial favorite. Then it was found out the duo hadn’t sung any of the music on their debut album Girl You Know It’s True. Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus were stooges hired for their looks by producer Frank Farian in Germany who was looking to feature the work of vocalists deemed unmarketable. The ruse was exposed by LA Times writer Chuck Phillips, and resulted in a public backlash and the eventual implosion of Milli Vanilli.
Much of the music of Milli Vanilli has endured in popular culture however, and apparently the members of Rascal Flatts are big fans. “Gary and Rascal Flatts found a lot of strength in this crisis by going back and listening to Milli Vanilli’s work,” spokesperson Annie Frankenfurter continues. “And the trio and their label Big Machine Records were surprised to find out just how similar Milli Vanilli’s music sounds to the pop country music of today, and specifically the music of Rascal Flatts. As Gary was confiding in Milli Vanilli’s Fab Morvan amidst the scandal, they found they had so much in common musically that they felt the calling to collaborate.”
In true Milli Vanilli fashion, their contributions will be done solely by other uncredited artists, which is especially helpful since the second Milli Vanilli member Rob Pilatus died of a drug overdose in 1998. “Basically they’re two overhyped bands best known for their hair,” says Frankenfurter. “And joining forces should create the type of vacuum of substance that thrives in today’s music marketplace.”