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Jo Dee Messina

Jo Dee Messina in Naples, Italy in January 2007
Background information
Birth name Jo-Dee Marie Messina
Born August 25, 1970 (1970-08-25) (age 37)
Origin Flag of the United States Flag of Massachusetts Holliston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genre(s) Country, Adult Contemporary
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Years active 1996 – present
Label(s) Curb Records
Website Jo Dee Messina Official Site

Jo-Dee Marie Messina (born August 25, 1970 in Holliston, Massachusetts, U.S.) is an American Country Music Singer-songwriter, who came to fame in the mid-1990s. She is best-known for her kiss-off songs, like 1997's "Bye Bye", 1999's "Lesson in Leavin'", and 2005's "My Give-a-Damn's Busted". Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 428 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1500 × 2100 pixel, file size: 721 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Alternate uses: See Naples (disambiguation) Naples (Italian Napoli, Neapolitan Napule, from Greek Νέα-Πόλις, latinised in Neapolis) is the largest town in southern Italy, capital of Campania region. ... is the 237th day of the year (238th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Massachusetts. ... Holliston is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States in the Greater Boston area. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Curb Records is a country record label started by Mike Curb in 1973, after leaving MGM Records. ... is the 237th day of the year (238th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Holliston is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States in the Greater Boston area. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...


She’s had 9 #1 singles, has been honored by The Country Music Association, The Academy of Country Music and The Grammy Awards and was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week #1 songs from the same album. [1]

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Early years & rise to fame

Of Italian heritage, Messina was raised in Holliston, Massachusetts. At age 16, Messina formed her own band, handling publicity, marketing and song selection. In her high school yearbook she wrote that she aspired to have a single out on country radio someday. At 19 she packed up all she could and drove to Nashville, Tennessee, with little money and no contacts in the music business. The feisty redhead was determined to make her dream come true. Soon after arriving, she met a struggling singer named Tim McGraw. The two became close friends. Holliston is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States in the Greater Boston area. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... “Nashville” redirects here. ... For the song by Taylor Swift, see Tim McGraw (song). ...


Messina struggled for the first couple of years in Nashville. She entered and won talent contests around town and took up odd jobs to make ends meet, including a stint as a bartender. She managed to get a regular gig on the local Nashville radio show "Live at Libby's" where she caught the attention of producer Byron Gallimore. With his help, Messina started making inroads into the Nashville music community. All looked up when she was signed with RCA records, but she was subsequently dropped from the label after a management shakeup. Meanwhile, her friend, McGraw, was having modest success on country radio, and she watched as his stardom began to take off. Byron Gallimore is a successful music producer in the country music industry. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ...


As McGraw's backstage guest during Fan Fair in the early 1990s, Messina approached an executive from McGraw's record label and joked they needed a redhead on their roster. Her boldness caught the attention of Curb Records, and not too long after, she was signed to a recording contract. She reports selecting what she wanted to be her first 10 singles from more than 1,000 songs. Curb Records is a country record label started by Mike Curb in 1973, after leaving MGM Records. ...


Current Country Music Career

Early Country Music Success: 1996-1999

Messina's first success in the country music scene was in 1996 with her debut single "Heads Carolina, Tails California". The song made it all the way to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart. Co-produced by McGraw and Gallimore, her first album quickly charted two Top 10 hits, but a number of poor business decisions nearly sank her career, placing her on the edge of bankruptcy. [2] It eventually went gold, even though it only hit No. 23 on the "Top Country Albums" chart that year. The second single, "You're Not In Kansas Anymore", broke the top 10 that fall. But after her impressive debut, Messina soon lost her radio airtime. Her singles, "You Wanna Make Something Of It" and "He'd Never Seen Julie Cry", did not fare as well. The album, like the singles, began sputtering. Soon her tour dates began drying up and money started getting tight. "Bye Bye" was released to radio in late 1997. The song was the first track from her second album I'm Alright. The song soared to No. 1 on the Billboard and Radio and Records charts in early 1998 for two weeks. "I'm Alright" was a top 10 album. Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... Im Alright is the title of the second album by country singer Jo Dee Messina. ...


History was made when her next two singles also hit No. 1: "I'm Alright" and "Stand Beside Me". Messina became the first woman in country music history to have three consecutive multi-week No. 1 songs from one album. In 1999, she was named Billboard's most-played female country artist. She also won the prestigious CMA Horizon Award and won the award for Top New Female Artist from the Academy of Country Music. Her kiss-off rendition of Dottie West's 1980 No. 1 hit song, "Lesson in Leavin'" was a major hit, spending nearly two months at No. 2 on Billboard's country chart, unable to unseat Lonestar's mega-hit "Amazed". "Lesson In Leavin'" became the No. 3 country song of 1999 on the Billboard charts (behind "Amazed" and Kenny Chesney's "How Forever Feels"). She also toured with country superstar George Strait. Dottie West (born Dorothy Marie Marsh October 11, 1932 – September 4, 1991) was an American country music singer. ... A Lesson in Leaving is the name of a popular 80s Country Music song. ... Kenny Chesney (born Kenneth Arnold Chesney, March 26, 1968) is an American country music singer. ... George Harvey Strait, (born May 18, 1952), is an American country music singer. ...


Messina finished out 1999 by releasing "Because You Love Me", a ballad showcasing her softer side. I'm Alright was certified double platinum and was a top five album. "Because You Love Me" became a top 10 hit, peaking at No. 8.


Messina also was chosen to be the opening act for the Judds Reunion tour in 2000.


Success in the New Millennium: 2000- present

As Messina entered the new millennium, she released "That's The Way", the lead single from her latest album Burn. "That's The Way" spent four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard, and in August Burn was released. It debuted at No. 1 and went platinum. The title cut climbed to No. 2 on Billboard and crossed over to the adult contemporary chart. Messina also became engaged to her tour manager, Don Muzquiz. The third single off Burn was "Downtime", which peaked at No. 5. With steady album sales, Messina released another ballad, "Bring On The Rain" in 2002, a duet with longtime friend Tim McGraw. The song soared to No. 1 and became the second crossover song to make it on the pop charts. Burn is the third album released by Country music artist, Jo Dee Messina, released in 2000 under Curb records. ...


Messina embarked on her first headlining tour with the group Rascal Flatts as the opening act, sponsored by Jerzees and Slimfast. She also made appearances on Nash Bridges and Touched By An Angel. "Dare To Dream" was the last single released from Burn and was featured on the movie soundtrack for Driven. The single didn't fare as well as others, peaking at No. 23. Rascal Flatts is an American Country Pop band formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2000. ... Nash Bridges was an American television police drama that was created by Carlton Cuse. ... This section contains a list of trivia items. ...


In 2002, Messina released a Christmas album, A Joyful Noise. Messina continued working with McGraw and Byron Gallimore on her fourth studio album. The single "Was That My Life" was released to radio. The single struggled to climb the charts. When Messina and her co-producers turned in what was to be her next album, Curb Records opted to release a greatest-hits package instead. They replaced McGraw and Gallimore with other producers and had Messina continue working to put together songs to include on a new studio album to be released at a later date.


Her Greatest Hits album was released in 2003 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. But the second single from the album, "I Wish", peaked at No. 15. 2003 ended with many of Messina's fans wondering when a new album would be released. They ended up having to wait all of 2004 as well. In late 2004, Messina revealed she was an alcoholic and had entered herself into a rehab program. In the meantime, her engagement to road manager Don Muzquiz was broken. The setback didn't hold Messina down. She attributed to her faith and family her will to keep going. And that's exactly what she did, she kept going. I Wish can refer to: I Wish, a 1977 song by Stevie Wonder, later sampled in Will Smiths soundtrack for the 1999 movie Wild Wild West. ...


At the end of 2004 Messina's label released "My Give A Damn's Busted". The spunky, fiery redhead was back, as witnessed by the song's climb to the No. 1 spot for two weeks. The song was the first single from her long-awaited album Delicious Surprise, released in stores on April 26, 2005. The second single from the album was the title track, which peaked at No. 23. Messina's third single, "Not Going Down" didn't break the top twenty, peaking at a modest #28. Her newest single, "It's Too Late to Worry," was released on July 10, 2006, but only peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard charts.


On January 2007, Jo Dee set to kick off the New Year with her first USO/Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) Tour which visited Naples, Venice, and Vicenza in Italy. While on the five day tour, started on January 5, she performed some of her hits as well as songs from her latest certified Gold album Delicious Surprise. "It's an honor to be part of anything that supports our men and women in the military," said Jo Dee. "I believe that it is so important to show our appreciation and support for all that they do to protect and serve our country. I'm looking forward to a good time and some great shows."


Jo Dee's newest single "Biker Chick", was the first single from her upcoming CD, "Unmistakable", that was originally set to hit stores on November 6, 2007. The single only peaked at 48. After being released for only 9 weeks "Biker Chick" was later dropped as a single by Curb Records. Curb also decided to shelf The CD "Unmistakable." It is unclear when it will be released. Unmistakable is the name of the fifth album by Country singer, Jo Dee Messina. ... Unmistakable is the name of the fifth album by Country singer, Jo Dee Messina. ...


Discography

This article contains the discography of Country music singer, Jo Dee Messina. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Jo Dee Messina biography at her official website
  2. ^ Jo Dee Messina biography at CMT.com

References

  1. ^ Jo Dee Messina biography at her official website
  2. ^ Jo Dee Messina biography at CMT.com
  • Gilbert, Calvin. (1998). "Jo Dee Messina". In The Encyclopedia of County Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 343.

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Jo Dee Messina - Biography - AOL Music (485 words)
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.
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.
Jo Dee Messina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1244 words)
Messina's first success in the country music scene was in 1996 with her debut single "Heads Carolina, Tails California".
Messina also was chosen to be the opening act for the Judds Reunion tour in 2000.
Messina embarked on her first headlining tour with the group Rascal Flatts as the opening act, sponsored by Jerzees and Slimfast.
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