Jo Dee Messina Sings ‘Bring on the Rain’ in Acoustic Blackbird Studio Performance [Exclusive Premiere]
Jo Dee Messina's "Bring on the Rain" gained popularity in the early 2000s, becoming her fifth No. 1 hit in March of 2002, after being released in September of 2001 as a single from her Burn album. Although it's been over 10 years since the tune earned the top spot on the country charts, Messina hasn't lost any of her vocal prowess, as she displays in this acoustic performance, premiering exclusively on The Boot.
Messina looks as gorgeous as ever -- and her voice sounds as gorgeous as ever -- in this clip, filmed in Nashville's Blackbird Studio by Country Now for their Live From Blackbird series.
“The setup that Country Now created at Blackbird Studio was so great, allowing me the opportunity to play my songs in an acoustic, organic environment that really enabled the songs to shine,” Messina says in a press release. “I am very happy with the outcome!”
The 44-year-old singer is accompanied by her bass guitarist and an acoustic guitar player, who also provides background vocals (originally sung by Tim McGraw). The country star sings "Bring on the Rain" with some serious emotion, giving life to the already poignant lyrics.
"Tomorrow's another day / I'm thirsty anyway / So bring on the rain," Messina belts out in the chorus. "It's almost like the hard times circle 'round / A couple drops, and they all start coming down / Yeah, I might feel defeated / And I might hang my head / I might be barely breathing -- but I'm not dead."
In an interesting twist of fate, "Bring on the Rain" was released on Sept. 10, 2001 -- the day before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It received a Grammy Awards nod for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals and an ACM Awards nomination for Vocal Event of the Year.
Messina is currently on the road supporting her newest record, Me, released in March of 2014; she raised more than $100,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to record the project and was able to release it independently after leaving Curb Records in December of 2012. She has been working on a brand-new single, and a special acoustic version of it, performed for Country Now, will be released soon. A complete list of tour dates is available on her website.
The singer's Live From Blackbird episode also features performances of “Heads Carolina, Tails California” and “Lesson in Leavin’." It will begin airing on Thursday (Aug. 20) on YouTube.