(EDITOR’S NOTE: We are re-posting this article because JoDee Messina’s concert is tonight in Warsaw’s Central Park.)
“I’m coming to Warsaw, and I’m so excited,” says Jo Dee Messina. The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated country music artist is set to play Glover Pavilion at Central Park on July 18 for Warsaw Parks Department’s free Country Concert.
A little more than a year ago, Messina decided to do things differently when she made her fifth studio album. She’d left her long-time label, Curb, in 2012, and was eager to put out new music.
“I had so much more to give,” she says. “I have so much music left inside of me.”
After her 23-year-old cousin suggested she start a Kickstarter campaign, she raised over $120,000, and set out to make her next record, herself.
She went into the studio with Grammy-winning engineer, Julian King, and co-wrote seven of the songs on “Me.” The album covers quite a bit of ground, musically, from up-beat country-rockers like her latest single, “A Woman’s Rant,” to somber ballads: “Say Goodbye to Superman.”
Messina’s fans had a lot more to do with the creation of the album than funding. She bounced song ideas off of them via social media channels, and got feedback during the songwriting process. She says that whole idea started when she put out “Unbreakable,” a little demo video clip.
She says she also drew inspiration from things happening around. Like Peyton Manning leaving the Colts sparked “Not Dead Yet,” and having her two kids on the road with her played a role in “Like A Kid Again,” and “A Woman’s Rant” started with a journal entry.
And those fans who helped her make the record, they’re loving it. Messina says different fans have different favorites, but they’re all connecting to the songs in personal ways. And she continues to connect with them, like tapping fans to submit clips for lyric videos.
With a whole new collection of great songs, and classics like “Bye, Bye,” “I’m Alright, and Joe Diffie’s “My Give A Damn’s Busted,” she’s sure to put on quite a show this Friday. The Justin Blazer Band will open at 6 p.m. Messina goes on at 8 p.m.