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Jo Dee Messina

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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. ~ Steve Huey
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Albums by
Jo Dee Messina

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    12 songs

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    Me

    1 song

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    Peace Sign - Single

    1 song

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    That's God (Single)

    1 song

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    I'm Done

    12 songs

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    Delicious Surprise

    16 songs

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    Greatest Hits

    12 songs

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    A Joyful Noise

    11 songs

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    Burn

    10 songs

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    I'm Alright

    10 songs

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    Jo Dee Messina

    2 songs

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    Bye Bye

    9 songs

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    Unmistakable: Love


Top Songs by
Jo Dee Messina

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    Popularity
  2.   Bye-Bye
  3.   Heads Carolina, Tails California
  4.   Bring on the Rain
  5.   Lesson in Leavin'
  6.   I'm Alright
  7.   Stand Beside Me
  8.   My Give a Damn's Busted
  9.   Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  10.   Winter Wonderland by Bergen White
  11.   Sleigh Ride by Bergen White
  12.   That's the Way
  13.   Downtime
  14.   You're Not in Kansas Anymore
  15.   Burn
  16.   Because You Love Me
  17.   That's God
  18.   What Child Is This? by Bergen White
  19.   O Holy Night by Bergen White
  20.   Silver Bells by Bergen White
  21.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Bergen White
  22.   I'll Be Home for Christmas by Bergen White
  23.   A Joyful Noise by Bergen White
  24.   The Christmas Song by Bergen White
  25.   Another Shoulder at the Wheel
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Jo Dee Messina

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    Tim McGraw: The Count Up

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    35 Queens of Country

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    '90s Country

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    Cruisin' Country

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    Country Christmas

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    Ladies of Country

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    Shania Twain: DNA

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    Cincinnati Country Christmas

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    Country Love

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    The Country Vault

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    Big Dave's Christmas Favorites

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    Tim McGraw: DNA

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    Country: '90s and Today

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    Holiday Deep Dive

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    Carrie Underwood: DNA

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    Classic Country

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    New Holiday Hits


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