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Jo Dee Messina

"Jo-Dee Marie Messina" (born August 25, 1970 in Holliston, Massachusetts, USA) is a country music singer. She has had several number one hits and two platinum albums. She is known for her fiery personality and strong life-affirming music including fun, "kiss-off" songs.

Raised in Holliston, Massachusetts, she sought to be a singer from a young age, causing her mother, Mary, to drive her to public performances.

At age 16, Messina formed her own band, handling publicity, marketing and song selection. In her high school yearbook she wrote that she aspired to have a single out on country radio someday. At 19 she packed up all she could and drove to Nashville, Tennessee, with little money and no contacts in the music business. The feisty redhead was determined to make her dream come true.

Soon after arriving, she met a struggling singer named Tim McGraw. The two became close friends.

Messina struggled for the first couple of years in Nashville. She entered and won talent contests around town and took up odd jobs to make ends meet, including a stint as a bartender. She managed to get a regular gig on the local Nashville radio show “Live at Libby’s” where s...

hometown Holliston, MA
country United States
music genre Country music
years active 1996—present
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