Born in August of 1970, country artist Jo Dee Messina has charted nine Number One singles, has been honored by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music and has been nominated twice for Grammy Awards. Messina is also the first female country artist to score three multiple-week Number One songs. When she was nineteen years old, she moved to Nashville where she aspired to become a country music star.
In 1996, she released her self-titled debut album, which contained of two Top 10 hits, “Heads Carolina, Tails California” and “You’re Not in Kansas Anymore.” She later followed up those two hits in 1998 with three Number One hits, “Bye, Bye,” “I’m Alright” and “Stand Beside Me.” The 2000s brought her more fame with singles like “Bring on the Rain,” a duet with Tim McGraw, and “My Give a Damn’s Busted.”
In 1998, Messina was named the Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music Awards. The following year, she was recognized with five more awards. Billboard Magazine named her the Most Played Country Female Artist of the Year. CMA awarded her the Horizon award. She received three awards from the Boston Music Awards, as well: Outstanding Country Act, Outstanding Female Vocalist and Act of the Year.