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

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