Date of Interview: 01/26/2010
Although Holliston, Massachusetts, may seem to be the most unlikely place for a country star to be born, over the past fourteen years, Jo Dee Messina has consistently ranked among the genre’s best. To date, she has racked up nine #1 singles, in addition to two platinum and three gold records. In addition, Messina has received two GRAMMY nominations: “Best Female Country Vocal Performance” (for “That’s the Way”) and “Best Country Collaboration” (for “Bring on the Rain,” which featured long-time collaborator Tim McGraw).
As the first singer to have three #1 singles from a single album, Jo Dee has set the standard for the contemporary crop of female musicians. And with the release of her forthcoming album on April 13, 2010, Messina will add to an impressive sales count of more than 5 million records. Beyond all shadow of a doubt, the title of her sixth projects gives an “unmistakable” nod to her musical legacy and lasting influence.
While promoting “That’s God,” Unmistakable’s lead single, Jo Dee Messina managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on her cover of Dottie West’s “Lesson in Leavin’,” mainstream misconceptions of country music, and her affiliation with the Special Olympics.