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Messina sets new CD, tour

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 – Jo Dee Messinga will release her first album in five years, "Unmistakable," on April 13. Prior to that, Messina will launch a tour including a five-night residency in New York.

Messina will release her single, That's God, off "Unmistakable" (Curb), on Jan. 25. She wrote the song with keyboardist Brent Rader after she had an epiphany while taking her son on a walk at a tour stop in Canada. "That song really is my soul on a page," says Messina. "My son Noah was five months old at the time, and we were walking down this path and could see this snow-capped mountain that was enormous, but you felt like you could just reach out and touch it. I looked at my son and that mountain and said, 'That's God.'" That night on stage, she told the story to the audience and afterwards, Rader suggested they put that moment and feeling to song.

Messina hits the road Feb. 12 in Salt Lake City. She will do a five-night, seven-show residency at New York City's Feinstein's at the Regency Hotel Tuesday, March 16 through Saturday, March 20 (with two showsapiece on March 19 and 20). Messina will perform in the interactive format of her recent "Music Room" tour, which is modeled after the music room in her home, including a simple stage with piano and four backing musicians. She takes requests and chats with fans, fielding questions

Tour dates are:

Friday Feb. 12 Salt Lake City, UT Salt Palace Convention Center

Saturday Feb. 13 Altoona, IA Prairie Meadows Racetrack

Sunday Feb. 14 Wabash, IN Honeywell Center

Thursday March 11 St. Charles, MO Ameristar Casino

Friday March 12 Athens, OH Memorial Auditorium/O.U.

Saturday March 13 Munhall, PA Carnegie Music Hall

Tuesday March 16 New York, NY Feinstein's At The Regency

Wednesday March 17 New York, NY Feinstein's At The Regency

Thursday March 18 New York, NY Feinstein's At The Regency

Friday March 19 New York, NY Feinstein's At The Regency (8:00 & 10:30)

Saturday March 20 New York, NY Feinstein's At The Regency (8:00 & 10:30)

Friday March 26 Maryville, TN Clayton Center for Perf. Arts

Thursday April 1 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater

Friday April 2 Salisbury, MA Keswick Theatre

Saturday April 3 Glenside, PA Tupelo Music Hall

Thursday April 15 Florence, AZ Country Thunder USA

Friday June 25 Cadott, WI Chippewa Valley Fest. Grounds

Sunday June 27 Banff, Alberta, CA The Fairmont Banff Springs

Saturday July 10 Fort Loramie, OH Hickory Hill Lakes

Friday July 23 Angelica, NY Allegany County Fairgrounds

Sunday July 25 Twin Lakes, WI Country Thunder Grounds

Wednesday July 28 Powell, WY Park County Fair

Saturday July 31 West Wendover, NV Peppermill Concert Hall

Thursday Aug. 5 Albert Lea, MN Freeborn County Fairgrounds

Sunday Sept. 5 Meshoppen, PA Wyoming County Fair

Saturday Sept. 11 Webster, MA Indian Ranch

Sunday Sept. 19 Frederick, MD At The Frederick Fairgrounds

Thursday Oct. 4 Shiprock, NM "The Phil!"

Saturday Oct. 16 Cerritos, CA Cerritos Center For The Perf. Arts

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