Jo Dee Messina has sold over five million albums (two platinum and three gold),
has nine #1 singles (two certified Gold), and earned two Grammy nominations in
addition to multiple nominations by the CMA and ACM.
It all started when she was just 19 and left her home for Nashville, where she
immersed herself in the local music scene and earned a regular gig on Nashville’s
“Live at Libby’s” radio show where record producer Byron Gallimore heard her. He
introduced Messina to another newcomer named Tim McGraw and not long after, at
a backstage meeting at Fan Fair, she met a Curb Records executive and got a record
deal on the spot.
Gallimore and McGraw produced her self-titled first album for Curb, which gained
attention out of the box with “Heads Carolina, Tails California” and “You’re Not In
Kansas Anymore.” Jo Dee’s follow-up album, I’m Alright, exploded with its back-
to-back-to-back chart-toppers “Bye Bye” (ASCAP’s Song of the Year), “I’m Alright”
and “Stand Beside Me” made her a bona fide star. Messina released a total of five
charting singles from that album; “Lesson in Leavin’” and “Because You Love Me”
both rose to the Top 10, sending the album into double platinum sales. Jo Dee won
the ACM’s Top New Female Vocalist award, the CMA Horizon award and the nod for
Most Played Country Female Artist of 1999 from Billboard.
Her Burn album (the third in a row produced by Gallimore and McGraw) entered the
Country Albums chart at #1, went platinum and earned two Grammy nominations.
Hits like “Burn,” “Downtime,” “Bring On The Rain” (with Tim McGraw), and “That’s
The Way” would cement her reputation as one of country’s most loved and enduring
hit-makers. Five years later, fans were thrilled when Messina released a new studio
album, Delicious Surprise (her holiday record, A Joyful Noise, kept them quite happy
during the break) and sent it all the way up the charts to #1 along with the single,
“My Give A Damn’s Busted.” In 2010 she released a trio of EPs each with its own
theme, Unmistakable: Love, Drive and Inspiration.