JO DEE MESSINA Releases 'Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to my Mom' Book

Multi-Platinum selling country superstar Jo Dee Messina coauthored an entertaining, heartwarming Chicken Soup for the Soul collection entitled "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom."

The book is a collection of 101 stories of love, learning, and gratitude that say a big "thank you" to mothers of all ages across the country and is the perfect Mother's Day present. Jo Dee, who is currently out on the road in support of her critically acclaimed fifth studio album ME, tells a story of her biggest and most supportive fan - her mom, and how through her love and support she learned to be a mother herself to her two beautiful young boys. "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom," co-authored by Jo Dee and Amy Newmark, is available now at online and at bookstores everywhere and you can get more information on the book at

The title track from Jo Dee's latest album serves as the perfect companion track to "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom" as it explores what every mother has asked herself at one time or another, if she is "enough." The book includes the lyrics to "Me" and a link to a special performance of the song by Jo Dee. With lyrics like "I wish I was half the woman I've got to be, Wish I had all the answers right in front of me, I'm everything to everyone, And I'm scared as I can be, Cause when I look into the mirror, All I see is Me," this song as well as the book will strike a chord with mothers everywhere.

"Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom" shares stories about every aspect of motherhood and will have readers chuckling over moms who make waves, like the one who wheedles her way onto a secured Navy airbase just to deliver cookies to her son. And you'll be impressed by the moms whose lessons about integrity, fair play, respect and compassion are still guiding their grown children's lives. What will strike you the most is the lasting impact that mothers have on their kids, proving that all that hard work does indeed pay off. Mothers need to know they are appreciated, that they make a difference, and that their children view them as role models. And that's just what this collection of entertaining, heartwarming stories accomplishes.

Since breaking onto the music scene with the hit "Heads Carolina, Tales California," Messina has had nine #1 songs including "I'm Alright," "Bring On The Rain" (a duet with Tim McGraw), "That's The Way," "Bye Bye," and "My Give A Damn's Busted," as well as thirteen Top 20 singles. She has scored three #1 albums, sold more than 5 million albums worldwide and has received critical acclaim for her explosive singing style and electrifying performances. Jo Dee has won countless awards including the Academy of Country Music's Top Female Artist of the Year, was the winner of the CMA's prestigious Horizon Award and was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week #1 songs from the same album. Her last studio album, Delicious Surprise debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Charts and was certified Gold.


Amy Newmark is the author, editor-in-chief and publisher of the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul series. With over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, more than 250 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, "chicken soup for the soul" is one of the world's best-known phrases and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 22 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration and wellness through its books, this socially conscious company continues to publish new titles, but has also evolved beyond the bookstore with super premium pet food, a line of high quality food to bring people together for healthy meals, and a variety of licensed products and digital offerings, all inspired by stories. Chicken Soup for the Soul has recently expanded into visual storytelling through movies and television. Chicken Soup for the Soul is "changing the world one story at a time®."

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