When Jo Dee Messina’s mother became ill last April, just as the country star was struggling to record her new album, Me, it was her fans that proved to be real lifesavers.
“My fans were someone to talk to at 3 in the morning,” Jo Dee explains in an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly. “Sometimes I’d read their comments and cry because they were so kind.”
And generous. Having freed herself from her former label due to a long battle over creative control, the 43-year-old singer launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance the project, offering rewards and creative input to her fans in exchange for donations.
“I let them drive the ship. That’s my way of giving them a voice,” she explains. “I wanted them to know that they’re not just seat-fillers.”
Overall, the making of Me was a group effort. “The fans voted on every song that made the record,” Jo Dee tells Closer. “I want them to know they’re cared about.”
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