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Jo Dee Messina goes for Extreme Makeover

Wednesday, March 7, 2007 – Jo Dee Messina will appear on the March 11th episode of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" where the Tipton-Smith family from Waleska, Ga. will be getting a new home. During the show, taped Jan. 17, Messina performed "Heaven Was Needing A Hero," in honor of 16 year old Ransom Tipton-Smith who lost his life in a car accident May 6, 2005.

"It was such a blessing to be a part of this show," said Messina. "To see the towns support for this family and the love they all had for Ransom, was extremely moving. It's one of those performances that will be remembered, always."

The Tipton-Smith family's home burned down to the ground in early 2005. Months later, single mother, Faith Tipton-Smith began to put together the pieces to rebuilding a new home for her family; Ransom, 16 and her two daughters Missy, 14 and Emily, 6. Then Ransom was in a head-on car accident that took his life. The house was never rebuilt and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" stepped in with the help of the family's community to build the home.

Messina performed 'Heaven Was Needing A Hero,' at a memorial tribute for Ransom Tipton-Smith at the High School auditorium where Ransom would have graduated this year.

Messina penned "Heaven Was Needing A Hero" when she saw an interview with a family member of the first female soldier killed in combat in Iraq. The day the death of NBC reporter David Bloom was announced, Messina finished the song. It has not been on any albums released but was made available to fans through her website www.jodeemessina.com.

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