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Jo Dee Messina to Sing National Anthem at Kentucky Derby Ahead of May 23rd Beau Rivage Performance

Contributor: Rachael Thomas
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Updated: 4/30/2014 2:55 pm
Multi-platinum, award-winning country singer-songwriter, Jo Dee Messina, will perform in the Beau Rivage Theatre Friday, May 23rd. She also has the esteemed honor of joining Kentucky Derby history by becoming only the sixth performer to sing the national anthem at historic Churchill Downs this Saturday, May 3rd for the 140th Kentucky Derby. Her performance airs live nationally at 4:00 p.m. CT as a part of NBC’s extensive coverage of the event.

Debuting in 1996 with the hit single Heads Carolina, Tales California, she has charted nine number one singles, 16 Top 40 singles, and sold more than five million records worldwide. Spring 2013 found the fiercely independent, outspoken and driven artist free from a long-term record deal. Jo Dee became free to make the album she wanted, so the forward-thinking country star took to the crowd-funding website Kickstarter.com to create a new full-length album for her fans, with her fans. The “My time, Our music.” campaign allowed her backers to be involved with every step that goes into creating and recording the album, and opportunities to be rewarded with exclusive content and one-of-a-kind opportunities.

Throughout the process, her fans helped Jo Dee surpass her $100,000 goal, making her Kickstarter.com campaign the most successful one to come out of Nashville at the time of completion, the 15th largest funded music campaign in Kickstarter.com history. The fans were given a voice. Via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Stage-It, her fans selected which songs would be included on the album, submitted artwork for her label logo, selected the album title ME and chose the album’s first single “Peace Sign”. “This album is truly for you, the people who appreciate the creative process, as well as my amazing fans,” exclaims Messina. “There’s no question, I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support. You’ve been with me since the beginning. This album is a fresh start for me, and I want us to go on this journey together.”

Jo Dee Messina fans received what they’ve clamored for as the multi-platinum, award-winning country singer/songwriter released her new full-length album in March 2014. With its title ME chosen by fans, the album marks Jo Dee’s most personal album to date as she wrote or co-wrote many of the songs and will release it on her own newly established label, Dreambound Records, For the first time in her career, Jo Dee is able to boldly do things her way and pave her own path to success.

Jo Dee Messina performs at Beau Rivage Friday, May 23rd at 8:00 p.m. in the Beau Rivage Theatre. Tickets are $9.95, $14.95, $24.95+ tax & service charge. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Beau Rivage ticket office at 1-888-566-7469 or online at beaurivage.com.

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