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Jo Dee Messina

Real name: Jo-Dee Marie Messina
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single

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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.


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