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Gene Watson's peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson's Peers who were contacted during 2006 were most gracious with their time and words. It is here, within this special part of the Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Jo Dee Messina, which she submitted to this site on Thursday 7 September 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Jo Dee Messina who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
Jo Dee Messina
This quote was submitted on Thursday 7 September 2006.
'Growing up, listening to Gene Watson was listening to a voice that personified country music. So smooth, so classy. I just love his voice'.
Thank you, Jo Dee Messina, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Jo Dee Messina...
Jo Dee Messina, who is a native of Holliston, Massachusetts was first attracted to country music after hearing the recordings of Alabama and Hank Williams Junior. She soon developed a love for country music heroes such as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire.
Jo Dee Messina made her first public performance at the age of six and, by the time she was thirteen, she had formed a band and had performed throughout the north-east of the United States. When she was nineteen, Jo Dee decided to move to Nashville.
In 1996, Jo Dee Messina saw the release of her self-titled debut album, 'Jo Dee Messina' (Curb Records, 1996), which was produced by Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw. The album gave Messina two Billboard Top 10 country music hits and led to the release of her breakthrough album 'I’m Alright' (Curb Records, 1998).
'I’m Alright' (Curb Records, 1998) contained three single releases that all went to No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart; 'Bye Bye', 'I’m Alright' and 'Stand Beside Me'. A fourth single, 'Lesson In Leaving', peaked and stayed at No.2 for seven consecutive weeks.
In 1999, Jo Dee Messina released 'Burn' (Curb Records, 1999), her first album to go to No.1. The album went multi-platinum and included two more Billboard No.1 hits; 'Bring On The Rain' and 'That’s The Way', as well as two Billboard Top 10 hits with 'Burn' and 'Downtime'.
In 2002, Jo Dee Messina saw the release of an album of her favourite Christmas songs, 'A Joyful Noise' (Curb Records, 2002) and also saw the release of a 'Greatest Hits' (Curb Records, 2003) collection in 2003.
In 2005, Jo Dee Messina saw the release of her first country music studio album since 2000, 'Delicious Surprise' (Curb Records, 2005). The album peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No.9 on the Billboard Top 200 pop chart. In late 2005, the album sold over 500,000 copies and became Jo Dee Messina's fourth album to receive a 'Gold' certification by the RIAA.
The lead single, 'My Give A Damn's Busted', peaked at No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart and became Messina's first single since 2001 to become a No.1 hit. The three follow-up singles, 'Delicious Surprise', 'Not Going Down' and 'It's Too Late To Worry', were Top 40 hits on the Billboard country music singles chart between 2005 and 2006, but did not enter the Top 20.
Jo Dee Messina is an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist who has had eight Billboard No.1 country music singles, has been honoured by the Country Music Association (CMA), the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and the Grammy Awards. Jo Dee Messina was also the first female country music artist to score three multiple-week No.1 songs from the same album.