Jo Dee Messina released an album today and it marks a special milestone for Jo Dee and her fans. Me was released on her new label, Dreambound Records, and was virtually produced by the fans with the help of a Kickstarter Campaign.
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 and 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.”
The album brings a whole new Jo Dee Messina to the forefront, featuring 7 personally penned songs within the tracklisting of twelve.
The album kicks-off with “I’m Not Dead Yet,” and ode to her former label sayin’ she has no plans to go anywhere. The rockin’ anthem is perfectly suited for Jo Dee, and fans embrace having her back on country radio.
The album has an air of women empowerment, and there are several tunes that pretty much tell a man where to go and what to do when he gets there. “Peace Sign” tells a man exactly what he can do with himself and contains one of my favorite lyrics of all time, “Good Bye one finger shy of a peace sign.” “Breaking It Down” is a woman basically telling her man he’s obviously not ever gonna ‘get it’ so she’s done. And “Love on a Maybe” is a woman kindly explaining that her heart is worth something a whole lot more permanent than a ‘maybe.’
A favorite song on the album, the title track “Me” hits home for me, and I imagine with many other women as well. It chronicles the many roles a woman has…wife, friend, mother, lover, secret keeper, advice giver…”When I look into the mirror, all I see is Me.” It’s sung almost in disappointment. “I wish I was half the woman I gotta be.” For women, we’re never enough, but too much to handle all at the same time. It’s exhausting, emotional, surprising, disappointing, and worthy all at once.
There are so many more songs worth hearing on Jo Dee’s ME but I recommend you order yourself a copy and take a listen. You won’t be disappointed. It’s with great pleasure that I say ‘Welcome back Jo Dee Messina.’
Jo Dee Messina’s much anticipated fan-backed album ME is now available for sale EVERYWHERE including Best Buy, Walmart, FYE, iTunes, and Amazon.com!
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