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A Personal Note From Team JDM To Fans.

Over the years, Jo Dee has built a close relationship with her fans, so those of us at Team JDM wanted to be the first to let you know that she was recently diagnosed with cancer. It has been a trying summer, but her heart has been filled with gratitude for the many opportunities she has had to see God’s hand at work. 

 
As many of you know, Jo Dee is a believer who feels blessed to be surrounded by the love of God — a love that has brought her the inner peace. On her lowest of low days, she has been able to see God’s hand at work and feel His love as she continues her walk. It is because of our Father’s love that she has been able to find the beauty in the days that could have brought her the most fear, gratitude in moments that most would call unfair, and companionship during times she might feel the loneliest.
 
We don’t know anything specific regarding the treatment plan at this point, but Jo Dee is working closely with a team to explore all options. She has taken the semester off from classes at The King’s University, and her last tour date for the year will be October 7 (all other 2017 dates are being postponed), as she will begin cancer treatment this Fall.  
 
Jo Dee has been working with producer Seth Mosley, and in a recent writing session wrote the song “Here” with Seth and Mia Fieldes. Seth was deeply moved to see her faith following her diagnosis while the two worked in the studio together. “It was one of the most powerful moments I’ve had in my entire studio career,” Seth told Team JDM. “To see Jo Dee singing ‘there’s no pain, there’s no fear, here’ through the cancer and the chaos that she is walking through…God is going to use her and her story to intercept people in their pain and remind them that He is near.”
 
We will continue to keep fans updated on Jo Dee’s journey and appreciate the outpouring of love, prayers, and support she has already received.
 
-Team JDM

Eight Minutes, Eight Questions with Jo Dee Messina

Country music singer Jo Dee Messina comes to Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs, Okla., for a free concert at 9 p.m. July 20. Since her breakout in 1996 with the hit “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” Messina has charted 16 Top 40 songs and sold more than 5 million albums. Among her nine No. 1 songs are the memorable hits of the late ’90s and early 2000s “Bye, Bye,” “I’m Alright,” “Stand Beside Me” and “Bring On the Rain.”

 

Country music singer Jo Dee Messina comes to Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs, Okla., for a free concert at 9 p.m. today. Since her breakout in 1996 with the hit “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” Messina has charted 16 Top 40 songs and sold more than 5 million albums. Among her nine No. 1 songs are the memorable hits of the late ’90s and early 2000s “Bye, Bye,” “I’m Alright,” “Stand Beside Me” and “Bring On the Rain.”

Messina took a few minutes to answer these questions for What’s Up! before her show today.

FAQ

Jo Dee Messina

WHEN — 8 p.m. today

WHERE — SEVEN Bar inside Cherokee Casino, West Siloam Springs, Okla.

COST — Free

INFO — 800-754-4111, cherokeecasino.com, jodeemessina.com

Q. How has your music changed over your career?

A. Music is always evolving because you have different influences, both musically and topically. We’re going to share some new material tonight — it’s really hard to describe it. People in Nashville don’t even know what box to put it in; I don’t really know that it fits in a box. It’s just songs about life, and the musical style has just continuously evolved.

Q. Are you pulling influences from other genres, then, if it doesn’t fit into one of those “boxes” in Nashville?

A. Well I mean [that is the case] in any place, any major city: ‘”Does it fit into a box? How do you market it?” And so my music influences are from across the board, every type of music that’s out there. It’s just a mish-mash of music.

Q. Is this music from (upcoming EP) “Masquerade?” Are you still working on that?

A. We are. We’re hoping to go into the studio this fall. We don’t have any release dates or anything, but I’m working with a producer now and we’re trying to set dates now to go into the studio and start recording a new project.

Q. Tell me about starting your independent label (Dreambound Records). How did that affect your music and your creative process?

A. That was all part of a project that started via the internet. I started posting songs that I was writing, and fans were asking how they were going to get these songs. So it’s not a full label; it’s not a building somewhere with employees, etc. It’s really something that had to be set up in order to distribute the songs on iTunes and that kind of stuff. It just really was a project that was put together [as a way to get] mostly stuff I had written out to the fans.

Q. What is important to you now versus early in your career, and how has that evolved?

A. A lot of that is depicted in the show. And early in the career, success looked totally different than it does today and I share that evolution with folks that come out to the show with stories and songs. Looking back, a lot of people ask me advice, and I think the most solid piece of advice I can give somebody that wants to do something in the music business is stay true to who you are. Don’t sell out who you are to try to fit into the box, to try to fit into a mold.

Q. I’m sure that can be really hard in an industry that has pressure coming at you from every different angle. How have you approached that and stood your ground in staying true to who you are?

A. I didn’t! (Laughs) I didn’t until I looked in the mirror one day, and I didn’t know who I was looking at. And it took a lot of processing. Because people [in your life] will vanish. And then you’re left with a total stranger — which is yourself — that is a creation of all these other people. So I’ve gone up and down, up and down, up and down, and up and down. And I’m like wait a minute, these people disappear.

So I keep the inner circle tight. I keep them real. And I stay true to who I am. But at the beginning of your career, or the beginning of mine, I never said no. I would go from Miami, Fla., to Portland, Ore., overnight to make appearances and beat the crap out of my body and out of my voice. I could never say no. So I was like one of those lottery balls that just bumbles around all over the place.

Q. Was that part of the process of putting out “Me” — your most personal album? Was that where you had reached that point, or did you get to that point before that album?

A. Oh, I got to that point before that album. That’s why it’s all over the board– you’ve got bluegrass, you’ve got R&B, you’ve got country songs, it’s all over the place.

Q. What do you want people to know or hope they learn about you when they listen to your music or watch you perform?

A. It’s fun. It’s a gift. It’s something I enjoy doing. It’s a way to connect with people. I don’t stand in front of them and try to be something that’s idolized — I try to connect with them and just kind of get us all on the same walk together.

— Jocelyn Murphy

jmurphy@nwadg.com

NAN What’s Up on 07/20/2017

Source: Eight Minutes, Eight Questions with Jo Dee Messina

Like country music, Jo Dee Messina is all about ‘real life’ – Naperville Sun

Grammy nominated singer to perform at North Central College.

Jo Dee Messina brings her songs and stories to Naperville for an early spring performance.

Messina, who debuted in 1996 with the hit single “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” has charted nine No. 1 singles, has two Grammy nominations and has sold more than 5 million records.

She performs a 6 p.m. show March 26 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall.

“We have to do the hits. But then I’ve got a lot of stories and some new stuff to share with people,” Messina said. “I’m really looking forward to it.” READ MORE
Source: Like country music, Jo Dee Messina is all about ‘real life’ – Naperville Sun

JO DEE MESSINA TO PERFORM AT THE 97th ANNUAL PHILADELPHIA 6ABC DUNKIN’ DONUTS THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

Nine Time No. 1, Multi-Platinum Selling, Award-Winning Artist Will Perform New Song “Noel” on November 24, 2016

Country music superstar Jo Dee Messina will be performing at the 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, PA on November 24. The 1.4-mile celebration is the oldest parade in the country and promises to provide a feast of fun for onlookers and at-home viewers.

Messina is scheduled to perform her brand new Christmas song, “Noel,” which can now be downloaded on all digital platforms. The song was produced by Ian Eskelin, written by Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, and Ed Cash, and features background vocals by special guest Jonathan Allen.

The 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place from 8:30am-12:00pm and air locally on ABC. For more information, visit the official event website by clicking here

Nine Time No. 1, Multi-Platinum Selling, Award-Winning Artist Has No. 1 Most Downloaded and Streamed Song on PlayMPE

Noel

 

ACM and CMA Award winner Jo Dee Messina released her new Christmas song, “Noel,” to all digital retailers and streaming services on November 9, followed immediately by shipment to Country and Christian AC radio stations. Messina’s single garnered a huge reception from radio programmers, placing her in the No. 1 spot on PlayMPE’s “Top 5 Downloads” and “Top 5 Streams.”

“I truly appreciate the support shown by friends in radio,” Messina shared. “This song means such a great deal to me, as it calls for all to come and see God’s greatest gift — his Son, Jesus; the very reason for Christmas.”

Messina will be performing her new single on ABC Networks as part of the holiday parades in Chicago (Nov. 19), Philadelphia (Nov. 24), and Nashville (Dec. 3).

“Noel” can be downloaded now on iTunesGoogle PlayAmazon Music, and everywhere else digital music is sold. Messina’s single can also be streamed on Spotify and heard on Pandora.