Jo Dee Messina is an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist who has had nine No. 1 singles, been honored by the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Grammy Awards).
Born in Holliston, Massachusetts, Jo Dee was first attracted to country music after hearing the recordings of Alabama and Hank Williams, Jr. At six years old, Jo Dee had her first public performance and was hooked. She formed a band at age 13 and performed throughout clubs in the Northeast. At 19, she made the difficult decision to move to Nashville. She didn't know a soul, had no grand plan, but she wanted to sing.
In 1996 she released her self-titled debut, produced by Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw. The album gave Jo Dee two Top 10 hits, "Heads Carolina, Tails California" and "You're Not In Kansas Anymore" and set the stage for her breakthrough album, I'm Alright. Released in 1998, the album's first three singles went No. 1, including the title cut. In 1999, Jo Dee released Burn, her first No. 1 album. The multi-platinum effort earned Jo Dee two more No. 1 hits, "That's The Way" and "Bring On The Rain."
Since then, Jo Dee's released additional albums and even launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her 2014 album, Me. Jo Dee keeps a busy touring schedule and lives just outside Nashville with her husband Chris Deffenbaugh and their two sons.
"For years I was afraid to bring out my songwriting."