Jo Dee Messina Mourns the Loss of her Beloved Mother, Mary

Jo Dee Messina is mourning the loss of her mother, Mary Messina. The country singer took to Instagram on Sunday…


Lauren Jo Black

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April 21, 2020


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Jo Dee Messina is mourning the loss of her mother, Mary Messina. The country singer took to Instagram on Sunday (April 19) to pay tribute to her mom, who passed away that morning.

“God knew exactly what he was doing when he made me my mother’s daughter. She loved me perfectly in a way that only she could do. She was my encouragement and she believed in me at times when no one else did. She understood the way I thought and she understood the way I felt. What a blessing she was to me, my entire life,” Messina wrote.

The singer went on to share that she is comforted by the fact that her mother “went home to be with The Lord” and that she is now “reunited with her family.”

Her touching post concluded with a message that her mother often used to share with her.

“Here is a little something my mother used to tell me: ‘There is a string that ties your heart to mine. It is a string that can never be broken. There is no distance too far – not even death can break the string that ties my heart to yours…’”

Messina did not reveal her mother’s cause of death, however, over the years, she shared that her mother was experiencing some off-and-on health issues.

Our thoughts are with Jo Dee Messina and her family at this time.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.