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Jo Dee Messina, Trace Adkins to sing for President Bush

Wednesday, June 6, 2007 – Jo Dee Messina and Trace Adkins are set to sing at the 2007 President's Dinner, Wednesday, June 13th in Washington D.C.. Messina will open the dinner by singing the National Anthem for the audience of roughly 5,000, which will include President George W. Bush as well as members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Following dinner, Messina will do a 45-minute performance. She will also have the opportunity to meet President Bush as well as sit at the head table along with political dignitaries.

Atkins' exact involvement was unclear.

"It is an unbelievable honor and privilege to be asked to attend, not to mention, perform at such a distinguished event," said Messina. "I am looking forward to performing and being involved in what promises to be an unforgettable night and, of course, to meeting the President."

The President's Dinner is the largest political gathering held annually in Washington, and marks the only event where members of both the House and Senate are in attendance. The dinner will feature a speech delivered by President Bush, and is expected to raise $7.5 million for Republican campaigns.

Messina has been working on her latest studio album, set to be released this fall on Curb Records. Her first single "Biker Chick," which Messina co-produced with Jerry Flowers, go for radio adds on July 9

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