DIARY - 24 FEBRUARY 2004 - JO DEE MESSINA
DEE MESSINA HEADS TO CAT LAND
toping U.S. country star Jo Dee Messina follows Canadian chanteuse
Terri Clark into Geelong on her second Australian sojourn.
Messina, 33, performs at Costa Hall on Saturday May 1 and Goulburn
Valley capital Shepparton on Sunday May 2.
The singer also follows another Canadian Jason McCoy into twin city
HQ Albury on April 30.
her previous promo tour, Jo Dee won't be accompanied by former fiance
and tour manager Don Musquiz.
''I think both of us decided that if after seven-and-a-half years of being
together we're still unsure," Messina revealed recently.
"Well, let's just say, I think you ought to be sure,'' she said.
Messina is touring to promote her Greatest Hits CD which also produced
her new hit single, I Wish.
The singer, who keeps fit by jogging and boxing, has had a dozen Top 10
and 5 #1 hits from her four albums that have sold four million plus copies.
CAN HILL BURNS
album Burn - featuring the Tina Arena penned title track - was
released the week Nu Country's Beer Can Hill studios burned down at 9.49
p m on June 26, 2000 - the first day of the station's 28th broadcast.
I was scheduled to interview Jo Dee live to air on Nu Country FM about
'Burn' the day after the station burned down on June 26, 2000.
Messina is renowned for her fitness.
"I'm going to do a triathlon this year!" she declares. "That's
my goal. My immediate goal is an Olympic trial-length triathlon. That's
a .9-mile swim, a 24-mile bike ride and a 6.2- mile run. These aren't
incredibly difficult distances. However transitions from the water to
the bike to the run are the toughest part."
Jo Dee's serious about her training - she takes her bike on the road with
her and runs nearly everywhere.
"Sometimes I listen to music when I run," she says. "upbeat
stuff like Shania Twain or Christina Aguilera or Sara Evans. Something
to get your blood pumping."
But not when she's swimming.
"It's tough on the road because a lot of hotels have tiny pools where
after three strokes you're at the end," she says.
"And at the triathlon itself, the swim is tough because everybody
gets in the water at the same time, so they're all on top of each other.
The whole reason I wanted to do a triathlon was because I wanted to bet
on myself. If I make it, it will be on my own merit. If I don't make it,
then it's no one's fault but my own."
It's a philosophy that carries over to all aspects of Jo Dee's life.
ALBUM IN AUTUMN
is looking forward to the release of her fourth studio album in
The record will feature several of her original, highly personal
"I'm excited!" says Jo Dee. "For the first time in
my career, my songwriting has been taken seriously. Some of the
songs I wrote for this next record are so honest it's scary. All
the stuff I write is really about me."
Sometimes Love's Just Not Enough" is especially revealing.
"I went back and listened to that song the other day and it
just slayed me," says Jo Dee. "I started crying! Partly
because of the emotion behind the song. Partly because I realized
I'm going to have to perform this in front of people!"
The song is about two people - perhaps Messina and Musquiz - who
love each other but love isn't enough to keep them together.
is definitely on Messina's forward planner.
"I'm an old-fashioned, romantic goofball who believes you should
only marry once. Good luck to me!" she says "hopefully I won't
have to wait until I'm 99!"
When Jo Dee was a little girl, she made a wish - that her divorced parents
"I think every child in a divorced family wishes that their parents
would get back together," says Messina, "they're two wonderful
people, but put them together, and it's combustible! Looking back, it
was a blessing my wish didn't come true. My father was really strict and
never would have let me start singing in clubs when I was 13. I would
not have had this career and been able to take care of my family and other
people like I do now."
HERE FOR NU COUNTRY INTERVIEW WITH JO DEE MESSINA - 1998
HERE FOR TOUR DATES
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