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JO DEE MESSINA
Deerfield Township Harvest Festival Announces Headliners for 34th Annual
Event on Oct. 5-7
Deerfield Township Harvest Festival Chairman Roy Spoltore announces
that the 34th annual festival will feature award winning country music
song writer and performer Phil Vassar, known as country's leading piano
man with the success of songs like "Carlene," "Just Another Day in
Paradise" and "Six-Pack Summer", on Saturday, Oct. 6.
On Sunday, Oct. 7, Jo Dee Messina, winner of American Country Music's
Top New Female Vocalist award, will bring the festival to an exciting
close just before a fantastic fireworks display ends the festival.
Messina's back-to-back chart-toppers "Bye Bye" (ASCAP's Song of the
Year), "I'm Alright" and "Stand Beside Me" catapulted her to star
Vassar and Messina will be joined by several other bands and other
family entertainment to bring the festival's 2012 theme "Country Stars
and Stripes" to life as the festival continues its traditional tribute
to farmers and to America.
"We are excited and proud to host these two very talented and popular
stars at this year's harvest festival," said Spoltore. "Major
contributions by Comcast and Colonial Bank and the continued support of
many other businesses as well as the support Mayor Cosmo Laurella and
the Township Committee in Deerfield, allow us to bring great
entertainers to the stage in Rosenhayn."
This year, there will be a limited number of general admission seats
available as part of "Friends of the Festival Packs" which will include
a seat in the "friends section", in front of the main festival stage on
Saturday and/or Sunday, complimentary food and beverage from the
Recreation Committee food booth and each pack includes the general
admission fee to the festival.
Friends of the Festival packs may be ordered online or purchased at
the Deerfield Township Municipal Hall for $12 per person. For more
information, see www.dthf.org.
Phil Vassar’s unbounded energy and limitless talent have proven him,
again and again, as one of Nashville’s most prolific and versatile
stars. Those who best understand Phil Vassar – good-time, piano playing,
boundless energy on stage, hardest-working-man-in-the business– also
understand the ongoing evolution of his original music.
This Virginia-born songwriter and musician has undoubtedly made his
mark in Nashville as an acclaimed artist. Phil’s known not only for his
gift for hit songwriting, but also for his compelling and highly
entertaining skills on the piano. His uniquely piano-based, rhythm and
blues-infused, infectiously buoyant brand of music has carried Phil
throughout his career and remains his specialty in the genre.
His resume boasts numerous hits for artists including Alan Jackson,
Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, and Collin Raye, and many more hits as an
artist in his own right. He’s been named the ASCAP Songwriter of the
Year twice and has taken top honors from the Academy of Country Music,
and also honored by the the CMA’s.
Some of Phil’s accolades include two time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year,
Top New Country Artist, Billboard
Country Songwriter of the Year, Music Row
Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and ACM Top New Male Vocalist of the
Year and Song of The Year- just to name a few.
With his self-titled artist debut on Arista/Nashville, Phil took his
seat as country's leading piano man with the success of songs like
"Carlene," "Just Another Day in Paradise" and "Six-Pack Summer." Since
then he’s continued to prove his worth time and again with releases like
Child," That’s When I love You," "In A Real Love," "I'll Take That as
a Yes (The Hot Tub Song)," "Last Day of My Life" and "Love is a
Beautiful Thing." In all there are 21 charted singles, with his most
recent single "Don’t Miss Your Life" climbing the charts
Now with 6 albums under his belt, all held to much acclaim, Phil is
ready for the next journey in his musical career. No stranger to hard
work and with a strong business mind on his shoulders, Phil’s taking
control by launching Rodeowave Entertainment, a full-service Record
Label/Promotions/ Management company based in Nashville, TN. First up to
be released is Phil’s 7th album – his first ever Live CD/DVD combo
recorded in Nashville with brand new music included. Phil’s ongoing
evolution endures and will surely prove he’s here to stay.
Jo Dee Messina was first attracted to country in the music of Alabama
and Hank Jr. as well as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire.
She appeared in local plays and musicals as a girl, and by 16 she had a
band that included her sister on bass and her brother on drums. She
performed in clubs throughout the Northeast, booking shows and hauling
gear, with a work ethic she inherited from her single-parent mother.
At 19, she loaded a car and headed to Nashville, where she entered
talent contests and got a regular gig on Nashville's "Live at Libby's"
radio show. Producer Byron Gallimore heard her and introduced her to
another struggling newcomer named Tim McGraw. Jo Dee was signed, then
dropped, by one major label before, at a backstage meeting at Fan fair,
she met and charmed a Curb Records executive and got a record deal on
With Gallimore and McGraw producing, Jo Dee gained attention out of
the box with "Heads Carolina, Tails California" and "You're Not In
Kansas Anymore." Her follow-up album, I'm Alright, exploded with its
back-to-back-to-back chart-toppers "Bye Bye" (ASCAP's Song of the Year),
"I'm Alright" and "Stand Beside Me" made her a star. Jo Dee won the
ACM's Top New Female Vocalist
award, the CMA Horizon award and the nod for Most Played Country
Female of 1999 from Billboard. The Burn album entered the Country Albums
chart at #1, went platinum and earned two Grammy nominations. Hits like
"Lesson in Leavin'," "Because You Love Me," "Downtime," "Bring On The
Rain," "That's The Way" and "My Give A Damn's Busted" would cement her
reputation as one of country's most loved and enduring hit-makers. Along
the way, Jo Dee earned a well-deserved reputation as an electric live
performer, becoming one of the first women of country to mount a major
She has sold over five million albums, released a total of 22 charted
singles since 1996; nine of which have reached Number One. 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., earned two Grammy nominations in addition to awards
by the CMA and ACM.
For Jo Dee, it’s now about balance and living life to the fullest.
"I’m a work in process," she says. "I am constantly learning. I'm
constantly growing. You're always evolving and it never ends. You're
never, 'OK. I'm done. I've figured it all out.'"
Deerfield Township Harvest Festival Farmer of the Year
Since 1991, as part of the Deerfield Township Harvest Festival, the
Township Committee and Recreation Committee have recognized a local
farmer of the year. With the 33rd celebration coming up on Oct. 7-9, in
Rosenhayn, the township announces the selection of Joe Olsen/J & J
Family Greenhouses as its farmer of the year.
He joins a long list of local farmers who have been honored over these
20 years. The owner of the farm will receive a plaque at the festival’s
main stage on Oct. 8, at 2:40 PM.
“On behalf of the Township Committee and Recreation Committee and all
the people of Deerfield Township, I am proud to congratulate Joe Olsen
and Family on receiving the Deerfield Township Farmer of the Year
Award," said Deerfield Township Mayor John Stanzione.
J & J Family Greenhouses began as a project of Joe Olsen's late wife
Julie Olsen and Barbara Orcsi, the wife of Pete Orsci in 1978, over 33
As the greenhouse business grew, Joe and Pete took over the operations
In 1993, Joe took over operation of the greenhouse business on a
full-time basis and Orcsi left the business.
Today, J & J Family Greenhouses covers about five acres of land on Maxim
Avenue, near Stillman Avenue, in Deerfield Township. They raise mums in
the fall and variety of flowers in hanging baskets and potted plants in
the spring. Plants they grow for the wholesale market include Ivy
Geraniums, Super Petunias and impatients. J & J Family Greenhouses
grows, packages and delivers its products to its customers in New Jersey
Their mums and other plants are grown in pots in the fields with a
special watering system that delivers water right to the plant,