Carrie Underwood ‘Saddened’ By ‘Something in the Water’ Lawsuit
Carrie Underwood's team has responded to a song theft lawsuit filed against the country star and her "Something in the Water" co-writers. In a statement, the singer and her representatives say they are confident that the court will rule in their favor.
Canadian songwriters Ron McNeill and Georgia Lyons are suing Underwood, her co-writers Chris DeStefano and Brett James, their publishing companies and Sony Music Nashville, Underwood’s label at the time of the release of “Something in the Water.” The tunesmiths allege that “[t]he hook on the infringing work, as released on the album, is structurally and lyrically identical, and substantially similar melodically to plaintiffs’ composition of the same title.”
"We are aware that a lawsuit was filed regarding the authorship of "Something in the Water,"" a spokesperson for Underwood says in a statement (via the Tennessean). "This is a deeply personal song regarding Carrie’s faith, and she is saddened that anyone would attempt to challenge that for financial gain."
McNeill and Lyons claim via a federal court lawsuit that a song of theirs, also called “Something in the Water,” was pitched to Underwood’s producer Mark Bright in 2014. The two never heard back from Bright, but Underwood released her song “Something in the Water” in the fall of that year.
"Neither Carrie nor any of her co-writers ever received or heard the plaintiffs’ song," Underwood's spokesperson's statement continues. "We fully expect that Carrie, Brett and Chris will be vindicated in the courts."
"Something in the Water" hit No. 1 on both the country and Christian charts and received a number of awards nods.
This lawsuit is not Underwood’s first: In 2013, she and Brad Paisley, as well as the songwriters and publishers of their 2011 hit “Remind Me,” were hit with a copyright lawsuit from singer-songwriter Amy Bowen, who alleged that Paisley and Underwood’s “Remind Me” was lifted from one of her own compositions. In early 2014, Paisley and Underwood disputed Bowen’s claims, and songwriter Chris DuBois counter-sued. They officially won the lawsuit in 2016.
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