Nashville Recording Artist Rachael Johnson to Open Private Show for Country Star Jo Dee Messina

Nashville Recording Artist, Rachael Johnson, has earned the distinctive honor of being hand-picked as the opening act for Country Music Star Jo Dee Messina for an upcoming private show at Nashville’s world famous WildHorse Saloon.

Nashville, TN, November 10, 2011 --( A North Carolina native, Rachael Johnson grew up in the original “Mayberry”, a place memorialized in Americans hearts as the beloved home town on the Andy Griffith Show. Although she loved NC, her heart was in Nashville and it only took one Garth Brooks concert for Rachael to decide that that’s where she had to be. Within a month of earning her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice at Chowan University, Rachael would land a job and relocate to an empty apartment not far from Nashville’s famous Music Row and the beginning of living her dream.

Over the next year Rachael would meet other artists, musicians and some of Nashville’s finest hit songwriters giving her the opportunity to assemble a band, perfect a show and hone her writing craft, expanding her catalog of original material. Music was finally paying the bills! She quit her day job and became an in demand solo artist, playing 20 to 25 shows a month in Nashville, surrounding cities and occasionally, out of state, sharing the stage with Country Stars like Josh Thompson, Little Texas, Dave Gibson, Chris Young, Craig Campbell and Trent Tomlinson to name a few.

She would begin to amass loyal fans, frequenting her full band live shows and the respect of established songwriters by showcasing her own original songs at Nashville’s famed writer’s nights. In 2011, The Rachael Johnson Band had the distinctive honor of being named the weekly house band at Nashville’s world famous Wildhorse Saloon.

Country Star, Jo Dee Messina has charted nine Number One singles on the Billboard country music charts. She has been honored by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. She was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week Number One songs from the same album. To date, she has two Platinum and three Gold-certified albums by the RIAA.

Messina debuted in 1996 with the single “Heads Carolina,” “Tails California.” Her album was certified Gold by the RIAA. Her second album, “I'm Alright” produced five Top 10 Country hits between 1998 in 1999 and sold over a million copies in America. Since her debut, six of her singles have peaked at #1 on the Billboard Country singles chart and five of her albums have received a certification by the RIAA or the CRIA. She has sold 5 million records worldwide.

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Corey Frizzell