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Messina kickstarts new CD

Friday, May 24, 2013 – Jo Dee Messina is going the Kickstarter route to record her next CD.

Messina will release a new full-length album with the people's help through Kickstarter.com. Fans worldwide can be a part of the "My time. Our music" movement that begins today.

"Now that I have the ability to make any record I want, I'd like to take a different route," Messina said. "I want to give the public a chance to be heard. This time I want to make a record with you, in addition to making one for you. Kickstarter is the perfect platform. It allows me to change the way things have traditionally been done in my career for years. It's totally exciting."

Messina's backers will be involved with every step that goes into creating and recording the album. They will be rewarded with exclusive content and one-of-a-kind opportunities. A $100,000 goal has been set to fund studio time, musicians, engineers, engineer assistants, production assistants, cartage, background vocalists, lead vocal recording days, overdubs, utility musicians, equipment rental, recording, mixing, mastering and more. In order to succeed, the goal must be reached within a 30-day period.

The singer's fans have been involved in the creative process by influencing which songs will make it on the album, via their input at live shows, Facebook/Twitter comments or Stageit reviews. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote on album artwork and even submit original pieces for consideration.

"This album is truly for you, the people who appreciate the creative process, as well as my amazing fans," said Messina, who previously was on Curb. "There's no question, I wouldn't be where I am today without your love and support. You've been with me since the beginning, and I'm in need of your support now more than ever. This album is a fresh start for me, and I want us to go on this exciting journey together."

On her Kickstarter page, Messina voiced displeasure with the label system. "I had a great run during my 18 years with them, but as with most labels, the songs chosen to make a record were always determined by someone else deciding whether they were a 'hit' or not. I would hear from the public what they'd like to see on my records and when I reported back, it seemed to fall on deaf ears."

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