Jo Dee Messina Made Her Grand Ole Opry Debut On This Day in 1998


Eighteen years ago today, Jo Dee Messina made her Grand Ole Opry debut. The multi-platinum Number 1 artist, who holds ACM and CMA Award wins and GRAMMY nominations, released her I’m Alright album the same week; and while her career was already off to a boisterous start, her superstar status was sealed this week in history.

Only three days after Jo Dee stepped into the coveted circle for the first time (March 17, 1998), she released her sophomore album under former record label, Curb. I’m Alright has sold over two million copies to date, earning it double platinum certification. The Billboard Top 5 album also garnered five radio singles, all of which reached the Top 10 (including three Number 1 hits).

On the heels of the success of I’m Alright, Jo Dee was awarded Top New Female Vocalist at the ACMs; Billboard Magazine‘s Most Played Country Female Artist of the Year; Boston Music Awards‘ Outstanding Country Act, Outstanding Female Vocalist, and Act of the Year; and the Horizon Award at the CMAs.

Jo Dee will be performing this Saturday, March 19th, at the You Must Love Dogs Fest in Tampa, Florida. Tickets are still available by visiting the event website. If you will be attending the show, tweet @NashvilleGab, @JoDeeMessina, and @YMLDF and let us know!

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