Courtesy of Chandler Center For the Arts
JO DEE MESSINA
Friday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. — RANDOLPH — Jo Dee Messina, popular country music artist out of Nashville, opens the Chandler 2015/16 season, performing on the main stage on Friday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Hailing originally from Massachusetts, she has received critical acclaim for her explosive singing style and electrifying performances.
At an early age Messina’s love for music blossomed. She drew influence from Patsy Cline, Reba McEntire, and the Judds. By age 16 she was playing local clubs, singing with her brother and sister providing backup on drums and guitar. The family trio continued to perform until Messina graduated from high school. Realizing that living in the Northeast would limit her chances of achieving country music stardom, she moved to Nashville at age 19.
Stardom did follow! Since breaking onto the country music scene in 1996 with the debut hit, “Heads Carolina, Tales California,” Messina has had nine #1 songs on the Billboard country music charts and sixteen Top 40 singles, including “I’m Alright,” “Bring on the Rain” (a duet with Tim McGraw), and “My Give A Damn’s Busted.” She has sold more than 5 million records worldwide, and was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week #1 songs from the same album. Messina has won countless awards including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Artist of the Year and CMA’s prestigious Horizon Award, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, and already has two Platinum and three Gold-Certified albums by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The fiercely independent, outspoken, and driven artist was free in 2013 from a long-term record deal and took to the crowd-funding website kickstarter.com to create her own new full-length album for her fans, with her fans. Her fans helped her to surpass her $100,000 goal, making it the most successful campaign to come out of Nashville and at the time the 15th largest funded music campaign in Kickstarter history. The fans were given a voice – they selected the songs to be included, submitted artwork for her new label’s logo, and selected the album title, “ME.”
Tickets for this concert are available through the Chandler Music Hall box office at 802-728-6464 weekdays between 3 and 6 p.m. and online at www.chandler-arts.org. Advanced reserved seating tickets range from $35 to $75. The $75 tickets include a chance for a meet-and-greet with Jo Dee Messina after the show.
Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 71-73 Main Street, Randolph.