If you read our October 2013 interview with Jo Dee Messina, you likely noticed that we announced a March 18, 2014 release of her next studio album, Me. Today, Jo Dee’s camp confirmed that March 18th will, indeed, be the release of the highly anticipated fan-funded project.
Today, on JoDeeMessina.com, it was announced that Jo Dee’s new full-length album will be released Tuesday, March 18th. The album, entitled Me, which was chosen by fans, has been described as Jo Dee’s “most personal album to date as she 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.” From the beginning to the end of the creation of this album, Jo Dee has been able to maintain complete creative control, something that was lacking in her career before this point.
As you may remember from our interview with the Grammy-nominated artist, Jo Dee recently parted ways with her long-time record label. At that point, Jo Dee embraced her newfound freedom to make the album she wanted and took to the crowd-funding website, Kickstarter.com, to create a new full-length album for her fans, with her fans. The “My Time, Our Music” campaign allowed backers to be involved with every step that goes into creating and recording the album, and granted those backers the opportunities to be rewarded with exclusive content and one-of-a-kind opportunities.
Throughout the process, Jo Dee’s fans helped her 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 fifteenth largest funded music campaign in Kickstarter.com history. Via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Stage-It, Jo Dee’s 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.”
Jo Dee’s website describes Me as “a journey. It’s honest. It’s funny. It’s sad. It’s life. At this point in her life, Jo Dee isn’t afraid. She’s a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend and an incredibly gifted vocalist and songwriter who is thankful for all she’s accomplished and looking forward to all that awaits her.”
“This album is truly for you, the people who appreciate the creative process, as well as my amazing fans,” exclaims Jo Dee. “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.”
Make sure to stay plugged into Keepin’ It Country for all updates regarding Jo Dee Messina, a friend to our site and an artist whom we admire dearly. March 18th is just around the corner and we cannot wait to hear what everyone thinks of this project, which is sure to be remarkable!