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Jo Dee Messina


Part of nation music’s past due-’90s crop of feminine crossover superstars, Jo Dee Messina’s charm non-etheless remained more with nation supporters than pop viewers. Messina was created August 25, 1970, in Framingham, Massachusetts, and was raised in close by Holliston. She sang in musical has starting at age group eight but uncovered nation music at age group 12 and got addicted to famous brands the Judds, Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton. She shortly started executing live, and by 16 she was playing regional clubs using a tempo section comprised of her sibling and sister. At age group 19, she transferred to Nashville searching for greater publicity and sang frequently for prize profit local talent tournaments. One win resulted in a normal gig on the air present Live at Libby’s, which caught the eye of manufacturer Byron Gallimore, who helped her assemble a demonstration tape. Gallimore was also dealing with the youthful Tim McGraw around once, and Messina befriended him. Backstage at one of is own concerts, Messina fulfilled an professional from his label, Curb, and jokingly recommended that they required a redhead. Maker Wayne Stroud, who got just noticed Messina’s demonstration, stepped as much as attest to her, and she quickly finished up on Curb, with Gallimore and McGraw offering as her makers. Messina’s self-titled debut recording premiered in 1996 and offered her two TOP strikes in “Mind Carolina, Tails California” (number 2) and “YOU ARE NOT in Kansas Anymore.” The recording sold well, establishing the stage for Messina’s star-making sophomore work, I’m Alright. Released in 1998, it produced Messina the very first feminine nation artist to rating three multiple-week number 1 hits through the same recording: “Bye Bye,” “I’m Alright,” and “Stand Beside Her.” She almost had a 4th, but “Lesson in Leavin'” stalled at number 2. Honored by both CMA and ACM in 1999, Messina staked out actually pop-friendlier territory on her behalf third recording, 2000’s Burn off. It became her 1st number one recording, as well as the lead solitary, “That is the Method,” her 4th number one solitary. Two more Best Tens adopted in “Burn off” and “Downtime,” along with a 4th solitary, the Tim McGraw duet “Bring about the Rainfall,” also topped the graphs, helping Burn off sell more than a million copies. Messina adopted it with the vacation recording A Joyful Sound in past due 2002, and months later on, with just three albums to her credit, Curb released a Greatest Strikes compilation. Finally, in 2005, she released her recognized follow-up to Burn off, Delicious Shock. Messina had currently begun focus on her following project, an recording to be known as Unmistakable, when Great tasting Surprise premiered, and although several singles hit the air, Unmistakable itself didn’t show up until 2010. Messina’s long-running agreement with Curb Information finished in 2012, and her following recording, Me, which made an appearance early in 2014 on her behalf own Dreambound Information imprint, was funded via a Kickstarter campaign.

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Full Name Jo Dee Messina
Height 1.6 m
Profession Songwriter, Singer-songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Chris Deffenbaugh
Children Noah Roger Deffenbaugh, Jonah Christopher Deffenbaugh
Parents Mary Messina, Vincent Messina
Siblings Terese Messina, Marianne Messina, Vincent Messina
Awards Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year
Music Songs Bye Bye, Heads Carolina, Tails California, Because You Love Me, Stand Beside Me, I'm Alright, Lesson in Leavin', My Give a Damn's Busted, Heaven Was Needing a Hero, Bring On the Rain, You're Not In Kansas Anymore, Burn, Delicious Surprise, That's the Way, Was That My Life, Dare to Dream, It's Too Late to Worry, Do You Wanna Make Something of It, Even God Must Get the Blues, A Woman's Rant, Not Going Down, He'd Never Seen Julie Cry, I Wish, Silver Thunderbird, Downtime, You Belong in the Sun, Peace Sign, Walk to the Light, Every Little Girl's Dream, Another Shoulder at the Wheel, He's Messed Up, I Didn't Have to Leave You, I Know a Heartache
Albums Burn, Me, I'm Alright, Delicious Surprise, A Joyful Noise, Jo Dee Messina, Big Bang Concert Series: Jo Dee Messina (Live), Unmistakable, Unmistakable: Love, Greatest Hits, Unmistakable Inspiration, Unmistakable Drive
Nominations Country Music Association Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, Academy of Country Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, Academy of Country Music Award for Album of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Event of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Music Video of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Country Female Artist, Billboard Music Award for Country Single Sales Artist of the Year
TV Shows Secret Talents of the Stars

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1 Gave birth to her second child at age 41, a son Jonah Christopher Deffenbaugh on January 11, 2012. Child's father is her husband, Chris Deffenbaugh.
2 Gave birth to her first child at age 38, a son Noah Roger Deffenbaugh on January 19, 2009. Child's father is her husband, Chris Deffenbaugh.
3 June 2007: Engaged to businessman Chris Deffenbaugh. The couple plans to marry in the fall.
4 Was raised in Holliston, Massachusetts, where she attended Holliston High School.
5 Became the first country female to have three consecutive number one hits from the same album. The hits in question were "Bye Bye, " "I'm Alright, " and "Stand Beside Me, " from the album "I'm Alright."



Game Change 2012 TV Movie performer: "Delicious Surprise"
Evan Almighty 2007 performer: "One Love" / producer: "One Love"
Road Trip 2004 TV Series documentary performer - 12 episodes
View from the Top 2003 performer: "Downtime", "Was That My Life"
Joshua 2002/I performer: "Bring on the Rain"
Driven 2001 performer: "Burn"



Touched by an Angel 1999-2002 TV Series Annie / Susie
Nash Bridges 1999 TV Series Tammy McGraw



Steve Harvey 2015 TV Series Herself
CMT Insider 2006-2009 TV Series Herself
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2007 TV Series Herself
Biography 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
A Capitol Fourth 2006 TV Special Herself
Larry King Live 2005 TV Series Herself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2005 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party 2005 TV Movie Herself
The Tony Danza Show 2005 TV Series Herself
Grand Ole Opry 2005 TV Series Herself
Super Bowl Saturday Night Special 2005 TV Movie Herself - Performer (as JoDee Messina)
CMT Got Me in with the Band 2004 TV Series Herself
The 31st Annual American Music Awards 2003 TV Special Herself
When I Was a Girl 2003 TV Series Herself
Inside Fame 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Restore America Honors 2003 TV Movie Herself
The 30th Annual American Music Awards 2003 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1999-2002 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest / Herself
The 29th Annual American Music Awards 2002 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The Case for Shania Twain 2002 Documentary Herself
Hollywood Squares 2001 TV Series Herself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2000 TV Movie Herself
The 2000 Radio Music Awards 2000 TV Special Herself - Performer
CMT All Access 2000 TV Series Herself
The Early Show 2000 TV Series Herself
Brak Presents the Brak Show Starring Brak 2000 TV Series Herself
The 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1999 TV Special Herself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1998 TV Movie Herself
The 32nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1997 TV Special Herself

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