Jo Dee Messina Releases New Single, ‘Just To Be Loved’ [LISTEN]

Jo Dee Messina is back, and better than ever, with a new single. The songstress has released “Just To Be Loved,” written by Messina, along with Jess Cates, Jordan Mohilowski and Tim Nichols, and inspired by her own two sons.

“I’m seeing things that are coming across my phone from 12, 13-year-old girls, and it’s blowing my mind,” Messina says (via Taste of Country). “So I wrote a song called ‘Just to Be Loved,’ and it says, ‘Don’t be somebody else just to be loved.’

“[It’s about] comparing yourself to all of the things you’re seeing around [you], and the overflowing of information that’s coming in your direction,” she adds. “For young girls especially, it’s really hard, because you feel like you gotta keep up.”

It was a text from a girl to one of Messina’s sons that became the impetus for “Just To Be Loved.”

“I’m raising two boys, who are 11 and 14 and my boys don’t have cell phones,” Messina tells Iowa’s The Gazette. “I saw a text from a girl on my phone to my son, who just went a little too far in an effort to be loved. That inspired the song. It’s frightening what’s happening with kids today.

“Kids are taking their own lives,” she continues. “Cell phones are like loaded guns. There’s bullying on social media and it’s sad. It’s important for them to realize who they are, and they’re wonderful. God made them with a purpose and they are perfect the way they are.”

“Just To Be Loved” is one of several songs the 52-year-old is eager to share with the rest of the world, a surprising resurgence for Messina, whose last album of new material, Me, came out in 2014. But after Cole Swindell‘s No. 1 hit, “She Had Me At Heads Carolina,” which includes a version with Messina, and her Heads Carolina, Tails California: The Best of Jo Dee Messina, featuring 11 of Messina’s biggest hits, she is more excited than ever about her next musical chapter.

“I’ve been writing a lot,” Messina hints. “I’ve been so inspired. Melodies are pouring out of me. Prepare for lots of songs from me. I’m just so thankful, since looking back on my life, it wasn’t pretty. I’m grateful for every day. I grew up poor and I’ve been so blessed with my career and family — and then there are the fans who come out and who have been so supportive.”

No one was more surprised than Messina to have Swindell choose “Heads Carolina, Tails California” as the song he wanted to remake, for his latest Stereotype album.

“I was kind of taken aback that they chose ‘Heads Carolina’ as the song,” Messina previously told Billboard. “Out of any song they could have chosen from that time, the fact that they chose [it] was an honor. I heard about “She Had Me at Heads Carolina” from the original writers of “Heads Carolina, Tails California.” They let me know the song was written and sent me a copy of it.”

Messina is currently crossing the country on her Heads Carolina, Tails California Tour. Find “Just To Be Loved” and all of Messina’s music and upcoming shows at