WEST SILOAM SPRINGS – Country music hit-maker Jo Dee Messina to perform free show at Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs on Thursday, July 20.

SEVEN Bar is the site for the show, which begins at 8 p.m.

At an early age, Messina’s love for music blossomed. She drew influence from a variety of country music artists, including Patsy Cline, Reba McEntire and The Judds.

By age 16, she was playing local clubs, singing while her brother and sister provided backup on drums and guitar.

Messina’s 1996 breakout song “Heads Carolina, Tails California” jumpstarted her career, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard charts. The single immediately made Messina a household name.

Following the success of her debut, Messina posted nine No. 1 hits, including “Bye, Bye,” “I’m Alright,” “Stand Beside Me” and “Bring On the Rain” with Tim McGraw.

She also charted 16 Top 40 songs and sold more than five million albums worldwide. Five of her albums have been certified gold or higher by the RIAA, with her best-selling 1998 album, “I’m Alright,” reaching double platinum.

Messina was honored by the ACM Awards and Billboard Magazine in 1998 as the Top Female Vocalist and the Most Played Country Female Artist of the Year, respectively.

In 1999, the singer-songwriter received Outstanding Country Act, Outstanding Female Vocalist and Act of the Year by Boston Music Awards, and the Horizon Award by CMA Awards. She was also a Grammy nominee in 2001 and 2002.

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.

In 2013, Messina parted ways with her longtime record label and took matters into her own hands. The artist created Dreambound Records, revealing her most personal album to date, “Me.”

For more information on Messina, persons interested may visit www.jodeemessina.com/wired/.

Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs is located off U.S. Highway 412 and State Highway 59 in West Siloam Springs.

For more information, persons interested may visit www.cherokeecasino.com or call 800-754-4111. All guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend.