25 August 1970, Framingham, Massachusetts, USA. Singer-songwriter Jo Dee Messina began her career as a teenager playing in local country bands around New England. By the age of 19 she had decamped to Nashville, where she struggled on the local talent show circuit. Eventually producer James Stroud at Curb Records took a chance on her. She finally announced herself with the US country hit Heads Carolina, Tails California in 1996, and seemed set fair for a successful career with the release of her self-titled debut album (produced by Tim McGraw and Byron Gallimore). However, while attempting to write a follow-up she underwent severe financial problems, and had to hand back the keys of the tour bus she had leased. By December 1997 her house was on the market owing to touring debts. However, 1998 proved a better year. Bye Bye performed well on country radio before she triumphed once again with Im Alright in August, which spent...
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