Country Star Jo Dee Messina Engaged

Country Star Jo Dee Messina Engaged
Jo Dee Messina
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updated 06/22/2007 at 02:00 PM EDT

originally published 06/22/2007 02:25PM

Country music singer Jo Dee Messina is engaged to businessman Chris Deffenbaugh, her rep announced Friday.


"This is such a happy time for us," the couple said in a joint statement.

"And we are so appreciative for each other and for our families, friends and fans that have sent us cards and emails. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts."


 The couple plan to marry in the fall. 



Messina, 37, is a Grammy-nominated vocalist whose albums – including Burn, Jo Dee Messina: Greatest Hits and Delicious Surprise – have sold more than 5 million copies.


 Deffenbaugh owns and operates Deffenblaster Enterprises, which builds custom road cases and audio equipment, 
Messina's rep says.

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