Jo Dee Messina is a rare talent battling what, sadly, isn’t a rare disease. The country music singer who rose to fame in the 90s has tough days ahead. But she stands strong in her faith in God and conviction of His love.
Surrounded By The Love of God
Practically every major media outlet covered her September 6 announcement. Her response, however, was not as publicized. And it seems the most striking feature of the event. It abounds with love, faith, and thankfulness.
According to her website, Jo Dee is “filled with gratitude for the many opportunities…to see God’s hand at work.”
Team DJ explained that Jo Dee feels “blessed” and “surrounded by the love of God.” This love brings her “inner peace.”
It mentions that even when very sad, she sees “God’s hand at work and feel[s] His love as she continues her walk.” Her faith sees her through loneliness and helps her find gratitude.
It is difficult to imagine a more poised response of faith.
Of course, she also announced changes to her 2017 tour schedule.
Looking Back and Looking Ahead
The Massachusetts-born singer achieved significant stardom in the mid-90s.
As Rolling Stone notes, 1996 was her breakout year with “Heads Carolina, Tails California.” That went to No. 2 on the charts. In 1998, she became a household name after three consecutive No. 1 hits. These were “Bye, Bye,” “I’m Alright,” and “Stand By Me.”
Her success continued into the 2000s with the particularly notable “My Give A Damn’s Busted.” 2014 saw her last album release.
As a result of her diagnosis, she postponed most of her autumn tour dates. As such, her last concert was October 7 in Harrington, Delaware.
Her team has not released what type of cancer Messina has, or anything regarding prognosis. Thus far, all we know is that she is set to begin treatment this fall. Her website says that updates will be available as they occur.
We certainly extend hearts, thoughts, and prayers to Jo Dee during this difficult time. We know friends, family, and fans are rooting for her quick return to health. May we all share in her poise and grace.