Singer Jo Dee Messina engaged

June 22, 2007 at 4:31 PM

NASHVILLE, June 22 (UPI) -- Country singer Jo Dee Messina and Albuquerque native Chris Deffenbaugh announced Friday they are engaged and planning a fall wedding.

"This is such a happy time for us," Messina and Deffenbaugh said in a statement. "And we are so appreciative for each other and for our families, friends and fans that have sent us cards and e-mails. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts."

Messina is an award-winning, multi-platinum artist who has sold more than 5 million albums. She's had nine No. 1 singles and three No. 1 albums. She is finishing up her new album, scheduled for a fall release.

Deffenbaugh owns and operates Deffenblaster Enterprises, which builds custom road cases and audio equipment.

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