Earlier this week, we unveiled new projects for five guy country artists. Now it's the ladies turn. Three of country music's brightest tenured ladies artists have all announced new projects including Sara Evans, Jo Dee Messina and Jamie O'Neal. Sara Evans' Slow Me Down will hit 3/11, Jo Dee Messina's Me will arrive on 3/18 and Jamie O'Neal's Eternal will also be released on 3/18.
Jo Dee Messina's long wait for her new album- following a bitter feud and divorce from Curb Records- will come to an end when the singer/songwriter's new full-length album Me comes out on 3/18. The album title reflects what Messina says is her most personal album to date as she wrote or co-wrote many of the songs and will release it on her own newly established label, Dreambound Records, with distribution by eOne Music. For the first time in her career, she is able to boldly do things her own way and pave her own path to success. Following her departure from her old record label, Messina began reflecting and started putting pen to paper. The feisty song “Not Dead Yet” was born. “I had been listening to the naysayers around me and thought, ‘I have so much to offer now that I'm free of the restraints I had with my label.’ I then had a conversation with my friend and co-writer saying, ‘I have so much left to do, so much left to say. Goodness! I'm not dead yet!’ And that is how the song was born. It talks about how if I listened to the small thinkers and naysayers, I might as well throw in the towel. Music is my life, it's a part of who I am. I'm not ready to give up that part of my life. Hell, I'm just getting started!”
Another one of her favorites is “A Woman’s Rant.” “This song had many more verses,” says Messina. “It was written in a few minutes. My youngest baby wouldn't sleep longer than two hours. One night I was sick and could barely move so I tried to wake up my husband to get the baby, but I couldn't get him to budge. After feeding the baby, burping him, changing him, I was wide awake. That's when I went downstairs and wrote ‘A Woman’s Rant.’ It's literally a day in the life of me. Ha! The fans chose ME as the album title. I think it fits because this record explores many different sides of who I am. The song came about through a conversation with one of my co-writers, Kathie Baillie of Baillie & The Boys, who has a grown daughter. I was feeling the stress of trying to be everything to everyone and asked her how she did it. There is a part of me that thinks when I look in the mirror, I should see Wonder Woman. When I see me, it terrifies me. Can I really pull off all the things I have to be to so many? I don't know. We'll see. This song gives folks a peek at the vulnerable side of me which isn't shown that often.”