The Lassen County Fair has announced the signing of country music superstar Jo Dee Messina for the 2012 Coors Light Country night grandstand show on Friday, July 20th.
Messina’s booking continues the annual Lassen County Fair tradition of offering spectacular country stars like Joe Nichols and Sugarland live in the grandstands on Friday night of the fair.
Since her debut in 1996 with the hit single Heads Carolina, Tails California, Messina has charted nine number one singles on the Billboard country music charts, has been honored by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.
Messina was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week number one songs from the same album and she has two Platinum and three Gold-certified albums.
Her second album I’m Alright produced five Top 10 Country hits between 1998 and 1999, selling over a million copies in America. Messina has sold 5 million records worldwide.
At the age of 19 she loaded up 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 being signed to Curb Records.
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.
The Lassen County Fair will shortly announce the date that tickets go on sale.