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Messina performs at the White House

Thursday, June 14, 2007 – Jo Dee Messina was scheduled to perform the National Anthem and a 45-minute show at the 2007 President's Dinner last night in Washington D.C. However, at the last minute, Messina volunteered to perform an additional hour long set at the beginning of the event to fill in for an ailing Trace Adkins, who had to cancel following an accident at his farm in Tennessee.

Messina welcomed the roughly 5,000 attendees with a performance of her hits and then was whisked away to meet President Bush. The crowd was filled with the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and other political dignitaries.

"The night was wonderful. I was surprised at how many folks attended both concerts. They stayed until the very end singing every word to every song. My band, once again, made me proud by stepping up to do an extra show. We rocked the house," Messina said with a laugh "As for Trace, I wish him a speedy recovery."

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

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