Jo Dee Messina

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With the release of "Unmistakable: Love," the first in a series of three EPs to be released in 2010, JO DEE MESSINA steps firmly into the front ranks of country singers with staying power. A collection that displays both her songwriting prowess and her abilities as a co producer, Unmistakable is above all a showcase for one of the genre's most remarkable and distinctive voices.

The Unmistakable EPs-"Love," "Drive" and "Inspiration"-are being released throughout the year, and include live bonus tracks of Jo Dee's biggest hits on each. "I think this is a great way to let the fans hear all the recordings made in the last six years," says Jo Dee. "They not only get to experience the finished product, but the complete collection of songs recorded along the way."

"I knew she was a great singer," says Chris Ferren, one of five co-producers who worked with Jo Dee on the project, "but I guess I didn't know how great until I worked with her." That is a sentiment echoed across the board from Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, Jerry Flowers, Dann Huff, James Stroud, who each co-produced cuts on Unmistakable. Flowers goes so far as to deem her "the best vocalist I've ever worked with. No matter what you ask her to do, she can do it, and do it better than what you wanted. She sings from her heart and it's just amazing every single time."
As always, Jo Dee's passion and believability are front and center on Unmistakable, which catalogs her live experiences from a disappointing relationship through a painful but liberating break-up into real and fulfilling love. "You can pretty much feel it that there was a shift in my life during the process of recording these new songs," says Jo Dee, who became engaged, got married and had a baby during the extended creative process.
The EPs display all the range, versatility and exuberance that have long made Jo Dee a fan favorite and have brought her so much success both on record and on stage. What's more, it is a project for which she had complete artistic freedom.

"My team really wanted to hear what I had to say," said Jo Dee of her songwriting side. "It made the creative process extremely enjoyable."

Unmistakable is the next chapter in a career that has brought the Massachusetts-born singer to the heights of the genre she has loved since she was a little girl. She has sold over five million albums, had nine #1 singles, earned two Grammy nominations in addition to awards by the CMA and ACM.

The Unmistakable EPs follow on the heels of Delicious Surprise, another commercial success, but also a project Jo Dee found especially satisfying in terms of artistic achievement.

"Delicious Surprise was great for me because I was determined to be honest, to be myself" she says. "People were saying, 'It's amazing. You've reinvented yourself,' and I said, 'No, I'm just being me.' And that spirit has continued through this album." Jo Dee's writing talents, long relegated to a back burner, are fully evident in the songs she co-wrote for the new project.

"For years I was afraid to bring out my songwriting. And then as this project got underway, Jerry was saying, 'Come on! Let's write something. I'll help you.' The first day we got together it was-boom-done. They just came."
Her contributions include the title track, "Unmistakable," a lovely and sensual waltz about the joys of being certain of love and "Think About Us," an impassioned ballad of loss, both available on the first disc, "Unmistakable: Love." Soon to be released in the series are "Just Drive," a look at a woman's bid to maintain her courage as she leaves a relationship, and "Shine," a song that defines her current upbeat state of mind.
The craft and artistry in the new songs represent one of country's true talents at the top of her game. Jo Dee's contributions as co-producer and her one-of-a-kind voice insure that the music, for all its varied takes on love, has a real unity. What's more, she says, "All the producers know each other and they're all great guys, and everybody kind of knew what was going on sound-wise with everybody else, so it is very consistent from beginning to end."

Jo Dee brings world-class pipes, an unbreakable spirit and a unique musical and personal style all to bear on the project.

"I think what makes it all work," she says, "is the fact that it's so real and relatable to the listener. It rings true for people."

This year, she has taken all of her experiences, her enthusiasm and most importantly, her songs, on a unique cross-country "Music Room Series Tour." Modeled after the music room in her home, where she sings, writes and rehearses, the tour includes a simple stage with piano and a couple of backing musicians. Each show is distinctive in that Jo Dee plays songs new and old, takes requests, answers questions and gives fans a new insight to the stories behind the hits.

That irrepressible spirit of country music has been in Jo Dee's DNA since her childhood in Holliston, Massachusetts. She was first attracted to country in the music of Alabama and Hank Jr. as well as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. She appeared in local plays and musicals as a girl, and by 16 she had a band that included her sister on bass and her brother on drums. She performed in clubs throughout the Northeast, booking shows and hauling gear, with a work ethic she inherited from her single-parent mother.

At 19, she loaded a car and headed to Nashville, where she entered talent contests and got a regular gig on Nashville's "Live at Libby's" radio show. Producer Byron Gallimore heard her and introduced her to another struggling newcomer named Tim McGraw. Jo Dee was signed, then dropped, by one major label before, at a backstage meeting at Fan fair, she met and charmed a Curb Records executive and got a record deal on the spot.
With Gallimore and McGraw producing, Jo Dee gained attention out of the box with "Heads Carolina, Tails California" and "You're Not In Kansas Anymore." Her 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 star. Jo Dee won the ACM's Top New Female Vocalist award, the CMA Horizon award and the nod for Most Played Country Female of 1999 from Billboard. The Burn album entered the Country Albums chart at #1, went platinum and earned two Grammy nominations. Hits like "Lesson in Leavin'," "Because You Love Me," "Downtime," "Bring On The Rain," "That's The Way" and "My Give A Damn's Busted" would cement her reputation as one of country's most loved and enduring hit-makers. Along the way, Jo Dee earned a well-deserved reputation as an electric live performer, becoming one of the first women of country to mount a major headlining tour.

Jo Dee's drive is evident in her personal life as well. A dedicated runner, she has completed two marathons and still trains. "On the road, I'll get up and run, and since my steel player is training with me we run together," she says. "Then I go to the gym and lift weights, have lunch, do the sound check and then my meet and greet, do the show and get to bed as early as I can. No staying up late partying!"

Her marriage to Chris Deffenbaugh and the addition of their son, Noah Roger, in January 2009, is part of a life in which genuine comfort and happiness seem to be the main order of business. Balancing motherhood and her career is a challenge she is facing head-on with a joy befitting the situation.

"My guard is kind of let down a little," she says. "I'm a little more vulnerable because I am in a safe place. And it's not just my personal life, but me as a person. I've just grown. I've realized that I can only be who I am. I was married to my career for years," she says. It came first. It came before birthdays, it came before weddings and funerals, and it came before everything. A couple of years ago I said, 'Wait a minute! This garden needs some tending. The most real thing in my life is relationships.'"

For Jo Dee, it's now about balance and living life to the fullest.

"I'm a work in process," she says. "I am constantly learning. I'm constantly growing. You're always evolving and it never ends. You're never, 'OK. I'm done. I've figured it all out.'"

That sense of exploration has always gone into her art, and it infuses the Unmistakable trilogy..
"In the midst of your creativity is when you're most in tune with God. There is a creative rebirth on these records, and it came so effortlessly. I can't wait for people to finally hear them."

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