Jo Dee Messina with special guest Thomas Finchum
Presented by The Gobbler Theater

Jo Dee Messina

Thomas Finchum

Under 18 With Guardian
Jo Dee Messina

Jo Dee Messina is a seasoned veteran in the music industry, always evolving and reintroducing herself and her sound as she gains new experiences in life. Jumpstarting her career, Jo Dee’s breakout song, “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” made her a household name. Following the success of her debut, Jo Dee posted nine No. 1 hits, sixteen Top 40 songs, sold over five million albums worldwide, and was honored by the ACM Awards, CMA Awards, and GRAMMY Awards. As Jo Dee’s résumé grew, she proved to be a trendsetter and history-maker, becoming the first female in country music history to celebrate three consecutive multi-week, chart-topping songs.

Jo Dee later parted ways with her long-time record label and embraced the strong, empowered female persona for which she became known. Taking matters into her own hands, Jo Dee created Dreambound Records, called on her fans to become her dedicated team, and released her most personal album to date, Me.

Aside from her studio successes, Jo Dee has also created a reputation for herself as one of the most passionate, high-energy performers in the business. Sharing her hit tunes; newly penned, emotionally-driven songs; and personal testimony, Jo Dee has been traveling the country for many years, receiving rave reviews for her authenticity, commitment, and openness on stage. Hoping to inspire and enlighten fans from all walks of life with every step she takes, Jo Dee has made it her mission to present herself and her story with honesty, allowing people to see behind the masquerade.

With a decorated past in the rearview mirror and endless dreams and an open road of possibility before her, this relatable woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, speaker, author, and incredibly gifted singer-songwriter has only just begun. Fueled by faith, belief, and love, Jo Dee pours her heart and soul into everybody she meets and everything she touches, which is perhaps why Jo Dee Messina is such a timeless name in the music industry.

Thomas Finchum

As a singer/songwriter, Thomas Finchum does a little bit of everything. Though he’ll joke he’s got a penchant for sad songs, a week’s writes can span the entire gamut of emotions. It’s the approach that sets Thomas’ songs apart: a lyric or melody that’s fresh but familiar, as if voicing a thought you didn’t know you had all along. Whether on a worktape or record, his voice is equally captivating; with an intimate but polished expressiveness that impeccably conveys each idea. “I just love the stories that country music tells,” he says.

A recent graduate of Belmont University, Thomas’ spirit and dedication to getting it right were honed in a perhaps-unorthodox setting: a lifetime of training as a diver, which took him to the Olympics in 2008. Since his retirement from the sport, Thomas has been busy dedicating his time and energy to his second dream, and has traded his Indiana home for Nashville and the pursuit of music.

Having signed with Concord Music in 2016, Thomas has already had songs cut by artists like Locash (“Kissing A Girl”) and placed on the TV show “Nashville”. After years of writing songs for others, Thomas has stepped into the spotlight himself and released his first three singles: “Past The Front Porch”, “Red, Wild & Blue”, & “Mothers”. All three songs are slated to be on his debut EP which is scheduled for release in the Fall.

“When I was on the [diving] platform there would be people watching and you don’t see any of them,” Thomas says. “With music it’s the opposite. You want to connect with every single person, you want them to feel those emotions that you’re feeling.”

Venue Information:
The Gobbler Theater
350 N Watertown St
Johnson Creek, WI, 53038