A pair of Canadian songwriters is giving Carrie Underwood a bit of trouble by filing a lawsuit against the country music singer. Georgia Lyons and Ronald McNeill claim that Underwood’s hit song “Something in the Water” belongs to them. Underwood won a Grammy for her performance of the song.
According to the songwriters, they penned a song with the same title in 2014. They sent the song to Underwood’s crew, along with a demo. However, according to WKRN, the pair claim that they never heard back. They the song on Underwood’s album is “lyrically identical” to the one they originally wrote.
In their lawsuit, McNeill and Lyons argue that, “The 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.”
Naturally, Underwood isn’t happy about the lawsuit and says the turn of events saddens her. She has yet to speak out herself about the lawsuit. But, she did release a statement through a spokeswoman last week.
“We are aware that a lawsuit was filed regarding the authorship of ‘Something in the Water,'” the spokeswoman said. “We want all of Carrie’s fans, and everyone, to know that ‘Something in the Water’ was written by Brett James, Chris DeStefano and Carrie Underwood. This is a deeply personal song regarding Carrie’s faith, and she is saddened that anyone would attempt to challenge that for financial gain. Neither Carrie nor any of her co-writers ever received or heard the plaintiffs’ song. We fully expect that Carrie, Brett and Chris will be vindicated in the courts.”
Named in the lawsuit are Carrie Underwood, as well as her producer Mark Bright and Sony Music Nashville. The co-writers of the song, Chris DeStefano, Brett James and their publishing companies are defendants in the suit, according to the Tennessean.
The songwriters have requested a jury trial and want all the profits generated from that particular song.
Underwood’s been sued for copyright infringement, however. She and Brad Paisley won a similar lawsuit last year for their duet “Remind Me.” Hopefully, this is a situation that will resolve itself very soon.