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Messina announces "Me"

Thursday, January 16, 2014 – Jo Dee Messina announced today that her new full-length album, "Me," will be released Tuesday, March 18.

Messina wrote or co-wrote many of the songs and will release it on her own newly established label, Dreambound Records, with distribution by eOne Music.

Messina left Curb last year and started a Kickstarter campaign to create a new full-length album. Messina surpassed her $100,000 goal. The first single is "Peace Sign."

Following her departure from her record label, Messina began reflecting and started putting pen to paper. The song "Not Dead Yet" was the result.

"I had been listening to the naysayers around me and thought, 'I have so much to offer now that I'm free of the restraints I had with my label.' I then had a conversation with my friend and co-writer saying, 'I have so much left to do, so much left to say. Goodness. I'm not dead yet.' And that is how the song was born. It talks about how if I listened to the small thinkers and naysayers, I might as well throw in the towel. Music is my life, it's a part of who I am. I'm not ready to give up that part of my life. Hell, I'm just getting started."

Messina road tested a few of the new tracks, and a crowd favorite at every show is "A Woman's Rant." "This song had many more verses," said Messina. "It was written in a few minutes. My youngest baby wouldn't sleep longer than two hours. One night I was sick and could barely move so I tried to wake up my husband to get the baby, but I couldn't get him to budge. After feeding the baby, burping him, changing him, I was wide awake. That's when I went downstairs and wrote 'A Woman's Rant.' It's literally a day in the life of me. Ha."

"The fans chose 'Me" as the album title. I think it fits because this record explores many different sides of who I am. The song came about through a conversation with one of my co-writers, Kathie Baillie of Baillie & The Boys, who has a grown daughter. I was feeling the stress of trying to be everything to everyone and asked her how she did it. There is a part of me that thinks when I look in the mirror, I should see Wonder Woman. When I see me, it terrifies me. Can I really pull off all the things I have to be to so many? I don't know. We'll see. This song gives folks a peek at the vulnerable side of me which isn't shown that often."

"This album is truly for you, the people who appreciate the creative process, as well as my amazing fans," she said. "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 exciting journey together."

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