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Critics and some fans may have chastised multi-platinum recording artist Jo Dee Messina for launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 in a month to fund her new album project , but her loyal fans opened their wallets: Jo Dee has not only reached her goal, but surpassed it.
WE HAVE A RECORD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU DID IT! THE GREATEST FREAKIN FANS ON THE PLANET!!! (Will do FB post shortly. I’m w my mom. )— Jo Dee Messina (@jodeemessina) June 20, 2013 
An excited Jo Dee announced on Twitter that the goal had been met, then went to Facebook to thank last-minute supporters and to share that fans could continue to contribute through Sunday.
Currently, fans have contributed more than $111,000.
Those pledging money can receive a fun kickback based on the amount they contribute, ranging from autographed photos and T-shirts to executive producer credits to private dinners and concerts with the flame-haired country star.
Previously, Jo Dee told Country Weekly that Kickstarter allowed her fans to be hands-on  in creating the new project, My Time. Our Music.
“I’ll put up a song on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube and say, ‘Should this be on the record?’ Then I read all of their comments, taking to heart what they feel. A frustration of mine through my career was, I would tell the powers-that-be that this is what people want to hear, and it fell on deaf ears. Being free from a label, the first project I wanted to do was listen to the fans and make it all about them.”
Congratulations, Jo Dee! We can’t wait to hear the album.