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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. ~ Steve Huey
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Stations Featuring
Jo Dee Messina

    '90s Country

    '90s Country
    6 songs

    Country Holiday

    Country Holiday
    11 songs

    Country Love

    Country Love
    1 song

    Breakup Songs

    Breakup Songs
    1 song

    '00s Country

    4 songs

    Heartbreak Hotel

    2 songs

    Christian Country

    1 song

    Classic Country

    1 song

Albums by
Jo Dee Messina

Top Songs by
Jo Dee Messina

  1.   Song
  2.   Bye-Bye
  3.   Heads Carolina, Tails California
  4.   Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  5.   Winter Wonderland by Bergen White
  6.   Bring on the Rain
  7.   Lesson in Leavin'
  8.   Sleigh Ride by Bergen White
  9.   I'm Alright
  10.   My Give a Damn's Busted
  11.   Stand Beside Me
  12.   That's the Way
  13.   Downtime
  14.   You're Not in Kansas Anymore
  15.   Burn
  16.   Because You Love Me
  17.   The Christmas Song by Bergen White
  18.   That's God
  19.   A Joyful Noise
  20.   O Holy Night by Bergen White
  21.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Bergen White
  22.   Silver Bells by Bergen White
  23.   I'll Be Home for Christmas by Bergen White
  24.   What Child Is This? by Bergen White
  25.   Another Shoulder at the Wheel
  26.   Silent Night
  27.   Because You Loved Me
  28.   Love on a Maybe
  29.   I Wish
  30.   Heaven Was Needing a Hero
  31.   He's Messed Up
  32.   Me
  33.   Even God Must Get the Blues
  34.   A Woman's Rant
  35.   Someone Else's Life
  36.   Wishing Well
  37.   Closer
  38.   If Not You
  39.   Breakin' It Down
  40.   He'd Never Seen Julie Cry
  41.   I'm Free
  42.   Take It
  43.   Like a Kid Again
  44.   Strong Shot of You
  45.   Not Dead Yet
  46.   I'm Done
  47.   I Wear My Life
  48.   Where Were You
  49.   Who's Crying Now
  50.   Not Going Down
  51.   You Belong in the Sun
  52.   Was That My Life
  53.   These Are the Days
  54.   Dare to Dream
  55.   Do You Wanna Make Something of It
  56.   Walk to the Light
  57.   I Didn't Have to Leave You
  58.   Every Little Girl's Dream
  59.   On a Wing and a Prayer
  60.   No Time For Tears
  61.   It's Too Late To Worry
  62.   It Gets Better
  63.   Delicious Surprise (I Believe It)
  64.   Sharp Dressed Man
  65.   One Love
  66.   Say Goodbye to Superman
  67.   I Know a Heartache When I See One
  68.   Peace Sign
  69.   You Were Just Here
  70.   Keep the Faith
  71.   Saturday Night
  72.   Noel

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