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Messina releases new song

Monday, April 25, 2011 – Jo Dee Messina released a new song as part of a multi-million dollar fundraising effort for a school in Nashville.

The "A Million Doors" campaign is trying to raise $2.3 million for a non-profit school in Nashville, the Holy Trinity Montessori. Messina recorded Carry Me, available for $1 at A Million Doors. The song will be available through July 15, with all funds going directly to the school for the construction of a new schoolhouse.

"If you contribute $1, you can help make a dream come true," said Messina. "I tour around the country and spend a great deal of time listening to people's stories. Lately it seems that with all the sadness in the news - wars, politics, economy, etc. - people need a little restoration of hope."

Messina released the song independently with the approval of her label, Curb. Christian songwriter Jared Anderson waived his publishing royalties, allowing all funds raised to go to the Holy Trinity school. Messina is also planning to raise funds for the school through a series of live concerts.

Messina and Holy Trinity Montessori school head Kate Riley are looking to raise $2.3 million dollars to build the school for students up through third grade, and possibly up to fifth, offering them an affordable, hands-on education.

"This isn't about just a cause I believe in or the latest celebrity charity," said Messina. "I want this campaign to show that even in a time when people feel there is little hope, that there is hope and dreams still do come true. I chose it because we need people from all over to carry us with their support to make this dream come true."

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Me CD review - Me
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If at first you don't succeed, your record company will punish you. That's what Jo Dee Messina learned in the past five years. What was one new album has now been converted into a trilogy of EPs to be released over the course of 2010 and grouped loosely by topic. This breaks the deadlock of Messina's wish to offer up all the new music she's been making against the business requirement of a monster hit. Messina's had a lot of those (nine number ones), so maybe it wasn't wholly unfair. »»»
Delicious Surprise CD review - Delicious Surprise
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Guthrie brings welcome vibe of sweetness – Before launching into "This Land is Your Land," Arlo Guthrie recalled how his father taught him this song when he was just eight or nine. His father, however, wasn't just any father, but the father of protest folk music, Woody Guthrie. Then when Arlo's daughter, Sarah Lee Guthrie, took the stage midway through the first half of the... »»»
Concert Review: McConnell, fortunately, comes home – Sean McConnell may have left Massachusetts a good 25 years ago, but there was no doubt about what this night meant to him. This was a homecoming for the Nashville-based singer/songwriter. His parents, who moved back to the Bay State from Georgia, other family and folks he said he hadn't seen since he moved, were in the house of the small club.... »»»
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