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Jo Dee Messina


Part of country music's late-'90s crop of female crossover stars, Jo Dee Messina's appeal nonetheless remained more with country fans than pop audiences. Messina was born August 25, 1970, in Framingham, Massachusetts, and grew up in nearby Holliston. She sang in musical plays starting at age eight but discovered country music at age 12 and got hooked on the likes of the Judds, Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton. She soon started performing live, and by 16 she was playing local clubs with a rhythm section made up of her brother and sister. At age 19, she moved to Nashville in search of greater exposure and sang regularly for prize money in local talent competitions. One win led to a regular gig on the radio show Live at Libby's, which in turn caught the interest of producer Byron Gallimore, who helped her assemble a demo tape. Gallimore was also working with the young Tim McGraw around the same time, and Messina befriended him. Backstage at one of his concerts, Messina met an executive from his label, Curb, and jokingly suggested that they needed a redhead. Producer James Stroud, who had just heard Messina's demo, stepped up to vouch for her, and she soon wound up on Curb, with Gallimore and McGraw serving as her producers.

Messina's self-titled debut album was released in 1996 and gave her two Top Ten hits in "Heads Carolina, Tails California" (number two) and "You're Not in Kansas Anymore." The album sold well, setting the stage for Messina's star-making sophomore effort, I'm Alright. Released in 1998, it made Messina the first female country artist to score three multiple-week number one hits from the same album: "Bye Bye," "I'm Alright," and "Stand Beside Her." She nearly had a fourth, but "Lesson in Leavin'" stalled at number two. Honored by both the CMA and ACM in 1999, Messina staked out even pop-friendlier territory on her third album, 2000's Burn. It became her first number one album, and the lead single, "That's the Way," her fourth number one single. Two more Top Tens followed in "Burn" and "Downtime," and a fourth single, the Tim McGraw duet "Bring on the Rain," also topped the charts, helping Burn sell over a million copies. Messina followed it with the holiday album A Joyful Noise in late 2002, and just months later, with only three albums to her credit, Curb released a Greatest Hits compilation. Finally, in 2005, she released her official follow-up to Burn, Delicious Surprise. Messina had already begun work on her next project, an album to be called Unmistakable, when Delicious Surprise was released, and although a couple of singles hit the radio, Unmistakable itself did not appear until 2010. Messina's long-running contract with Curb Records ended in 2012, and her next album, Me, which appeared early in 2014 on her own Dreambound Records imprint, was funded through a Kickstarter campaign.

Jo Dee Marie Messina (born August 25, 1970) is an American country music artist. She has charted nine number one singles on the Billboard country music charts. She has been honored by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. She was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week Number One songs from the same album. To date, she has two Platinum and three Gold-certified albums by the RIAA.

Messina debuted in 1996 with the single Heads Carolina, Tails California. Her album was certified Gold by the RIAA. Her second album, I'm Alright, produced five Top 10 Country hits between 1998 and 1999, and sold over a million copies in America. Since her debut, six of her singles have peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Country singles chart and five of her albums have received a certification by the RIAA or the CRIA. She has sold over 5 million records worldwide.

In late October of 2008, Jo Dee Messina revealed that she was six months pregnant with a baby boy.
Jo Dee and Chris Deffenbaugh announced their engagement June 22, 2007. They were married in October of 2007.
Jo Dee has been successfully touring across the country in support of her latest #1 album Delicious Surprise, wowing promoters and fans across the boards. (2006)
On October 16th at 9:45 a.m., Jo Dee Messina helped honor the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 40th anniversary in busines at the Hilton Ballroom at Hilton Suites in Nashville, Tennessee.
On September 28, 2006, Jo Dee Messina helped celebate the 65th anniversary of the United Services Organization.
Jo Dee Messina sang "God Bless America" in the 7th inning strech at game 3 in the 2006 World Series.
Jo Dee Messina's kicked off her 2006 tour in Blue Ash, Ohio.
When Jo Dee first became interested in country music her heroes were Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. But she loved Reba McEntire and related most to her.
Jo Dee had her first public performance at the age of 6. She formed her own band at the age of 16.
Jo Dee was first attracted to country music after hearing the recordings of Alabama and Hank Williams, Jr.
"My Give A Damn’s Busted” was Jo Dee’s first song released to radio in nearly two years.
Jo Dee either wrote or co wrote 5 out of the 12 songs on her newest album, Delicious Surprise.
In 2004, Jo Dee revealed she was an alcoholic, and that she had entered herself into a rehab program.
Jo Dee released a Greatest Hits album in 2003. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
Jo Dee has made appearances on Nash Bridges and Touched By An Angel.
On Jo Dee's first headlining tour Rascal Flatts was her opening act.
In 2002, Jo Dee released “Bring On The Rain.” This was a duet with long-time friend Tim McGraw.
Jo Dee was chosen to be the opening act for the Judds Reunion tour in 2000.
Jo Dee's second album I’m Alright was certified double platinum.
Jo Dee toured with George Strait in 1999.
In 1999, Jo Dee was name Billboard's most played female country artist.
Jo Dee's self-titled debut album was co-produced by Tim McGraw and Byron Gallimore.
Jo Dee's first single, "Heads Carolina, Tails California," reached the number two spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart.
Jo Dee's boldness caught Curb Records attention when she was a backstage guest of Tim McGraw during Fan Fair in the early 1990s. She walked up to the executive from McGraw's record label and joked they needed a redhead on their roster.
Jo Dee signed with RCA but was dropped after a managment shake-up.
While trying to pursue her music dream Jo Dee worked as a bartender and several other odd and end jobs.
After moving to Nashville Jo Dee met Tim McGraw and they became good friends.
Jo Dee graduated in the Holliston High School in Massachusetts.
Jo Dee is 5 foot three inches tall.
In 2002 Jo Dee and tour manager, Don Muzquiz, became engaged. The engagement was called off in 2004.
Jo Dee's top ten singles include: "Heads Carolina, Tails California," "You're Not In Kansas Anymore," "Bye-Bye," "I'm Alright," "Stand Beside Me," "Lesson In Leavin," "Because You Love Me," "That's The Way," "Burn," "Downtime," and "Bring On The Rain."




Bye, Bye
I'm Alright
Lesson Leavin'
Stand Beside Me
That's The Way

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