October 22

Jo Dee Messina’s Personality-Laden Hit, “That’s the Way”

Several months ago, American country music singer Jo Dee Messina told her fans the good news they’ve been wanting to hear – she’s coming back. Following her cancer diagnosis September last year, the singer has undergone a six-month therapy. Her camp made an announcement via her Facebook official fan page on March that she’s doing well and will be hitting the road soon. She did come back with a bang! While on therapy, the “Bye, Bye” singer was inspired to turn what she went through into a song. Eventually, her single “Bigger Than This” was created to testify God’s great works in her life.

Before Messina disclosed her health issue and having gone through other personal woes, she was at the height of her career. And prior to her cancer-inspired song “Bigger Than This,” the singer has had several inspirational hits. These tunes talk about anything in life, mainly staying on its brighter side. One good example of a song related to this is the 2000 release “That’s the Way.”

Brief Song Background

“That’s the Way” is Jo Dee Messina’s 2000 release. The song serves as the lead-off single for her third album Burn. Written by Annie Roboff and Holly Lamar, “That’s the Way” reached No. 1 on the country chart and spent four weeks at the top. Moreover, it became the singer’s highest-peaking record on the pop chart landing at No. 25.

The chart-topper hit also has a music video released in mid-2000. The music video was under the direction of Thom Oliphant. It resonated the cheerful lyrics packed with life lessons. Additionally, the song emphasizes how humans are learning to roll with the punches that life throws at them.

Following the release of “That’s the Way,” the album spawned four more tracks that reached remarkable success. This includes her duet record with Tim McGraw, “Bring on the Rain,” which received a Grammy Award nomination in 2001. Another hit is the album’s title track “Burn” reaching No. 2. “Downtime” and “Dare to Dream” are the other charting singles peaking at No. 5 and No. 23, respectively.

The album has sold over one million copies and eventually became platinum certified by the RIAA.

Listen to Jo Dee Messina’s “That’s the Way” below.

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