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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

    Country Holiday

    Country Holiday
    11 songs

    '90s Country

    '90s Country
    6 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
  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.   What Child Is This? by Bergen White
  17.   I'll Be Home for Christmas by Bergen White
  18.   A Joyful Noise
  19.   O Holy Night by Bergen White
  20.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Bergen White
  21.   Silver Bells by Bergen White
  22.   The Christmas Song by Bergen White
  23.   Another Shoulder at the Wheel
  24.   Because You Love Me
  25.   Burn
  26.   Silent Night
  27.   Because You Loved Me
  28.   Silver Thunderbird
  29.   Heaven Was Needing a Hero
  30.   Who's Crying Now
  31.   Even God Must Get the Blues
  32.   Wishing Well
  33.   These Are the Days
  34.   Closer
  35.   You Belong in the Sun
  36.   Was That My Life
  37.   Delicious Surprise (I Believe It)
  38.   He'd Never Seen Julie Cry
  39.   Say Goodbye to Superman
  40.   He's Messed Up
  41.   Take It
  42.   Me
  43.   Breakin' It Down
  44.   Love on a Maybe
  45.   Strong Shot of You
  46.   Not Dead Yet
  47.   You Were Just Here
  48.   Where Were You
  49.   It's Too Late To Worry
  50.   It Gets Better
  51.   I Wish
  52.   Nothing I Can Do
  53.   Saturday Night
  54.   I Know a Heartache When I See One
  55.   No Time For Tears
  56.   On a Wing and a Prayer
  57.   Do You Wanna Make Something of It
  58.   I'm Free
  59.   Every Little Girl's Dream
  60.   One Love
  61.   Sharp Dressed Man
  62.   Walk to the Light
  63.   Noel
  64.   Like a Kid Again
  65.   Peace Sign
  66.   I Wear My Life
  67.   Someone Else's Life
  68.   Not Going Down
  69.   I Didn't Have to Leave You
  70.   Dare to Dream
  71.   Keep the Faith
  72.   I'm Done
  73.   A Woman's Rant

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