JO DEE MESSINA's recent success in fans backing her new album via Kickstarter continues to evolve her relationship with listeners.
The multi-platinum, award-winning country singer/songwriter has engaged fans by giving them a voice on her next album—literally. In addition to some Kickstarter contributors appearing on the album as backup vocalists, MESSINA messaged fans, asking them to vote on which song they would like to be the album's first single. In just 10 days she received over 220,000 impressions and the fans have spoken. It was a close call between "Peace Sign" and "Woman's Rant," but winning the vote for her first radio single is "Peace Sign." A signature MESSINA song, the new single grabs fans with the upbeat, country-rock fun she's known for. "Peace Sign" will be available to radio programmers this Friday, August 23.
"This song is a blast," shares JO DEE. "The first weekend we carried the 'Peace Sign' T-shirts, we sold out in two shows. It's definitely a fan favorite."
"Peace Sign" is the first radio single off JO DEE's forthcoming full-length album. The song was written by Amy Dalley, Scott Ledger and Tyler Hayes and is produced by JO DEE herself.
For the first time in her successful music career, JO DEE is free to make the record she wants, and more importantly, the record her fans have been waiting for. Over the course of 30 days, fans--known as "Team JDM"--rallied behind the country music sensation and showed their support through pledges, shares and kind words. Her backers helped her reach and exceed her Kickstarter goal of $100,000.
Upon reaching the goal, an excited MESSINA noted that the project has become more than backing an album; it's a testament to the limitless possibilities of artist and fan collaboration.
"The people are the ones that make music possible," JO DEE explains. "They are the ones that come to the shows, request the songs, and get the records. When I first started the campaign, many folks didn't get it. The ones that took the time to learn about it got that this project is something we are all doing together. Once again the fans have shown their love and loyalty. I am truly grateful."
More news on the album release will be unveiled soon.