Jo Dee Messina
Country, Contemporary Country, Pop, Female, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s
Jo Dee Messina is an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist that has given her heart and soul to find success. 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.
Jo Dee Messina entered the country music scene at the same time a crop of other young country/pop singers hit the charts, but the competition hasn’t seemed to affect the red-haired musician. She has had a sting of chart-topping singles since her self-titled debut album was released in 1996. “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” and “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore” were her first two charted singles, followed by hits from 1998’s I’m Alright. The three singles from that album, “Bye, Bye,” “I’m Alright,” and “Stand Beside Her,” made Messina the first female country artist to score three multiple-week number one hits from the same album. It’s not just the fans that love Messina’s intimate, uplifting lyrics and full-throttle approach to music.
In 1999 she was awarded the CMA’s Horizon Award. Though she’s been performing country music live since she was 14, when she handled every aspect of the gig except driving to the club, Messina doesn’t show any signs of tiring. She released Burn in 2000, A Joyful Noise holiday album in 2002, and a greatest hits compilation. And at the end of the day, it’s still the music that drives this artist. “I’ve always been a very passionate emotional person,” she concedes, “and that’s what country music was. To me, that’s what it’s about: getting out there and living life.”
Hit songs "I'm Alright," "You're Not in Kansas Anymore," "Heads Carolina, Tails California," "Bye Bye," "Bring on the Rain," "Because You Love Me," "He'd Never Seen Julie Cry," "Do You Wanna Make Something of It," "Downtime" & "Burn."
Listen to one of her tunes performed on one of her latest releases.