Country Singer Jo Dee Messina Announces She Has Cancer

Jo Dee Messina, who dominated the country charts in the late 90s with songs like “I’m Alright” and “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” and was the first female country artist to top the charts with three No. 1 songs from one album, announced Wednesday that she has cancer.

The 47-year-old did not reveal the type of cancer, but her team did share an emotional and heartfelt message to her fans, which began, “Over the years, Jo Dee has built a close relationship with her fans, so those of us at Team JDM wanted to be the first to let you know that she was recently diagnosed with cancer.”

You can read the entire statement below:

Producer Seth Mosely, who recently worked with Messina and Mia Fieldes to write the song “Here,” said watching Jo Dee record the song after she was told the diagnosis was “One of the most powerful moments I’ve had in my entire studio career.”

Messina’s fans reacted to the news on Twitter with an outpouring of support:

Messina plans to play four more concerts, the last being October 7, in Harrington, Delaware, before postponing the rest of her tour. She will begin cancer treatment this fall.

Photo from Jo Dee Messina Facebook page

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