Jo Dee Messina
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June 2000


06/30/00 courtesy of  "Abbey" from
Almost two years after Jo Dee Messina began working on her third album, Burn, Curb Records hosted a party Wednesday (June 28) at Palmer Place on Nashville's Cannery Row to celebrate its anticipated release Aug. 1. With strains of the new music playing in the background, Messina said the new record reflects her musical and personal growth. "From when we started to when we finished seemed like an eternity," she told "I tried to have it contain songs that I could relate to, and it seems to show, I think, some kind of progression musically and lyrically. I was at a different place when we recorded this record than I was when we recorded the I'm Alright album." The album's first single, "That's the Way," is at No. 13 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart. The tune was written especially with Messina in mind and was one of the last cut for the record, during what she and co-producer Byron Gallimore call the "magic session." "Songwriters Holly Lamar and Annie Roboff had read about the trials and tribulations that I had gone through before the I'm Alright record," Messina said. "I thought my
career was starting, then boom! I had three songs stiff at radio. ['That's the Way'] kinda reflects what I've been through in my life, so I latched onto it right away." The Country Music Association's reigning Horizon Award winner also confirmed that her other co-producer, Tim McGraw, lent his voice to a new track called "Bring on the Rain." She said the song is about "finding hope in the darkest hour." "I loved the song, and Tim loved it so much because I think we can both relate to hard times," she said. "So we're
in the studio doing tracks, and Tim comes in. He's goofing around and kinda sings background with me, and somebody goes, 'Man, you should sing on the record.' I'm crossing my fingers going, 'Oh, that would be cool' while I'm really thinking 'Oh please, oh please!' I'm like praying every night, and he did. He blessed my record with his vocal." The team of McGraw and Gallimore also produced I'm Alright, which sold 2 million copies and yielded the No. 1 singles "I'm Alright," "Stand Beside Me" and "Bye Bye." During the party for Burn, Messina's manager, Stuart Dill, recognized the success of the last
album by handing the singer a small, wrapped package. As Messina pulled a set of car keys from the box, Dill told the crowd that he, McGraw, Curb ecords President Mike Curb and music publisher Cal Turner III had chipped in to buy her a 1957 silver Thunderbird. The gesture was a reference to the cut "Silver Thunderbird" from I'm Alright. The car was parked inside a tent next to the building, and most of the guests rushed outside with Messina to take a look. "I'm afraid to touch it," she screamed. She then promptly climbed inside, honked the horn and turned on the radio. Although Burn won't be in stores until Aug. 4, Messina already has been out promoting it. While on tour with the Judds, she visited more than 60 country radio stations to offer a preview. Messina also has landed a national tour sponsor for next year, though she won't reveal it yet. "So next year, when I go out, I'm going to be able to carry production and put on a big show and be able to do
what I've always dreamed of doing on the big stages," she said. "I just want to grow as an entertainer and, ultimately, I want my career to make a difference." (Yahoo!)

06/29/00 courtesy of   "Abbey" from
Jo Dee Messina left a party in her honor in Nashville last night driving a
completely refurbished 1957 Silver Thunderbird. The car was a surprise gift from Jo Dee's manager, Curb president Mike Curb and Jo Dee's good friend and producer Tim McGraw. Before shrieking with delight over her lavish gift, Jo Dee was presented with a double platinum plague for her I'm Alright album selling over two million copies. "I want to thank every single person that is here right now," Jo Dee told a music industry packed room. "My career is my life and you have made it all possible." The party was held in part to celebrate Jo Dee's upcoming Burn album, which will be in stores on August 1st. (T-100)

Courtesy of (Jen) from (    June 28, 2000
Jo Dee Messina's Playground Romance
Speaking of weddings, Jo Dee Messina was proposed to on a playground. "It was so romantic. And I think he really played off the fact that I am an eternal child. And he proposed to me at a playground in our city. And it was a castle-shaped jungle gym...I mean you just have to see it. It was the most incredible playground. I mean there was nothing like that out when I was a kid. But yes he proposed to me on a playground. It was so romantic and it so blew me away and he's the most thoughtful, creative, wonderful man in the whole wide world and I think that's our little secret (laugh!)."

Courtesy of abbey June 21, 2000
Jo Dee Messina's new video,"That's The Way," debuts on CMT today. Filmed in
May, Jo Dee couldn't be happier to see it hit the TV screen."You have got to check out the video for this song," exclaims Jo Dee. "We had so much fun doing this song. We did a lot of dancing, because I dance a lot in my live shows. We're dancing all over the room, ceiling included." Jo Dee even does her own stunt work in the new video. "Yes, that is me doing the flips," Jo Dee confesses. "I was a gymnast as a kid, and I've always been real physically active." The video debuts this morning at 10am ET on CMT's "Delivery Room." (T-100)

Courtesy of June 21, 2000
The Early Show
NEW YORK --Jo Dee Messina's self-titled 1996 album established the vocalist
as one of the most popular new female country singers of the year. With another hit album, I'm Alright, under her belt, Messina comes back for more on August 1, with the release of her third effort, Burn.

Wednesday's edition of The Early Show featured performances by Messina, plus
an interview conducted by anchor and country-music fan Jane Clayson.

Courtesy of June 15, 2000

Set Your VCR's
Make sure you check out the World Premiere of Jo Dee's new
video "That's The Way" on CMT's DELIVERY ROOM today (June
21st) at 2:00pm and 9:00pm CENTRAL TIME! Make sure you
don't change that dial afterward, because you won't want to

Great News!!!! Jo Dee will be doing her very own special on
CMT! Look for Jo Dee on July 26th as CMT presents All Access with Jo Dee Messina! We hope to bring you more
exciting news about this event in the next few weeks, so
check back at the web site often.

If you haven't already advance ordered your copy of BURN
from Jo Dee's website make sure you stop by and order it to
be delivered to your door on August 1st. No waiting in
lines, no sold-out shelves, just you and your copy of BURN!
To order today, go to

Look for photos and clips from Fan Fair being added to the
site this week.

Bye Bye!

Courtesy of June 15, 2000

JDM appearances
Well, we've just about finished up Fan Fair 2000 here in Nashville, but before we do we'd like to invite you to join us for the official end by tuning into the "Country Weekly Presents The TNN Music Awards!" You won't want to miss this awards show because you're going to get a sneak peak at  some brand new moves from Jo Dee. She'll be performing her  new single, "That's The Way," with the dancers from her  upcoming video! Be sure to tune in TONIGHT (6/15) for the only FAN-VOTED country music awards show on TNN beginning   at 8:00pm ET.

Speaking of the new video... watch for Jo Dee's "That's The  Way" video to make its debut next week! -more details to follow- Don't forget... Set those VCR's for CBS's "The Early Show" on Monday, June 19th when they have Jo Dee on as part their summer concert series! Check local listings for the time and channel in your area.

If you're anything like us, you're probably already hooked  on Jo Dee's new single "That's The Way" and can't wait to get the new album, BURN. Well, you can buy the single NOW  with "Even God Must Get The Blues" on the flip side AND... you can pre-order BURN to arrive on your doorstep August 1st - the day it hits stores. Just check out for all the details!

Thanks for your support of Jo Dee!








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