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Country singer Messina announces cancer diagnosis

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    Country music singer Jo Dee Messina sings onstage in El Dorado, Ark., in 2014. The country singer, who had hits with songs like “I’m Alright” and “Bye Bye,” announced she has cancer and will be postponing her 2017 show dates after Oct. 7.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. >> Country singer Jo Dee Messina, whose hits include “I’m Alright” and “Bye Bye,” announced today that she has cancer and will be postponing her 2017 show dates after Oct. 7.

A statement posted on her website didn’t specify the kind of cancer the 47-year-old Messina has been diagnosed with, but said she’s “working closely with a team to explore all options.”

Messina, who is from Framingham, Massachusetts, had a string of hit songs in the late ’90s from her sophomore record, “I’m Alright,” on Curb Records. She was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week No. 1 hits from the same album. She also won the Horizon Award for new artists from the Country Music Association in 1999.

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