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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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Stations Featuring
Jo Dee Messina

    '90s Country

    '90s Country
    6 songs

    Country Holiday

    Country Holiday
    11 songs

    Country Love

    Country Love
    1 song

    '00s Country

    '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
    Popularity
  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 by Tim McGraw
  7.   Sleigh Ride by Bergen White
  8.   I'm Alright
  9.   Stand Beside Me
  10.   Lesson in Leavin'
  11.   My Give A Damn's Busted
  12.   That's the Way
  13.   You're Not in Kansas Anymore
  14.   Downtime
  15.   That's God
  16.   Silver Bells by Bergen White
  17.   What Child Is This? by Bergen White
  18.   O Holy Night by Bergen White
  19.   I'll Be Home for Christmas by Bergen White
  20.   The Christmas Song by Bergen White
  21.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Bergen White
  22.   A Joyful Noise
  23.   Another Shoulder at the Wheel
  24.   Burn
  25.   Because You Love Me
  26.   Silent Night
  27.   Heaven Was Needing a Hero
  28.   I'm Done
  29.   Dare to Dream
  30.   Wishing Well
  31.   Was That My Life
  32.   These Are the Days
  33.   Silver Thunderbird
  34.   He's Messed Up
  35.   Me
  36.   You Were Just Here
  37.   It Gets Better
  38.   Delicious Surprise (I Believe It)
  39.   Because You Loved Me
  40.   Breakin' It Down
  41.   Love on a Maybe
  42.   You Belong in the Sun
  43.   I Wear My Life
  44.   Do You Wanna Make Something of It
  45.   I'm Free
  46.   A Woman's Rant
  47.   Strong Shot of You
  48.   Not Dead Yet
  49.   Where Were You
  50.   Who's Crying Now
  51.   Not Going Down
  52.   Nothing I Can Do
  53.   I Know a Heartache When I See One
  54.   No Time For Tears
  55.   Even God Must Get the Blues
  56.   On a Wing and a Prayer
  57.   Every Little Girl's Dream
  58.   I Didn't Have to Leave You
  59.   Walk to the Light
  60.   He'd Never Seen Julie Cry
  61.   Closer
  62.   Sharp Dressed Man
  63.   Saturday Night
  64.   Noel
  65.   Take It
  66.   Like a Kid Again
  67.   Peace Sign
  68.   It's Too Late To Worry
  69.   Someone Else's Life
  70.   I Wish
  71.   Say Goodbye to Superman
  72.   One Love
  73.   Keep the Faith

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